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Gas Explosion in Pasadena, TX

Publish Date: 2018-05-22
Category: Industry News

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board is investigating a May 19, 2018 gas explosion and subsequent flash fire at the Kuraray America plant in Pasadena, Texas that reportedly injured 21 workers. The company is a specialty chemical manufacturer and the facility produces ethylene vinyl-alcohol copolymers. 

Resignation of CSB Chairperson Sutherland

Publish Date: 2018-05-22
Category: Industry News

Chairperson Vanessa Allen Sutherland announced that she will be stepping down and resigning from the position of Chair and Board Member of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board effective June, 2018. Board members will be required to vote on an interim executive, unless and until the White House nominates and the U.S. Senate confirms a new Chairperson. 

EPA Signs Proposed RMP Reconsideration Rule

Publish Date: 2018-05-17
Category: Industry News

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator signed a proposed Risk Management Program (RMP) Reconsideration rule on May 17, 2018, requesting public comment on several proposed changes to the final RMP Amendments issued January 13, 2017. The EPA has provided a 60-day comment period on these proposed changes which would overturn or modify provisions of that rule pertaining to facilities operating with hazardous materials.

More information about the final amendments to the RMP rule is available at:


Primatech has published a white paper that describes a procedure for conducting Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA) studies according to the requirements of NFPA 652-2016.

Publish Date: 2018-04-06
Category: Primatech News

This white paper describes a procedure developed by Primatech for performing Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA) studies, according to NFPA 652-2016, Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust. This standard applies to industrial facilities that pose combustible dust hazards, including a wide variety of industries that use dust collection and handling equipment or have processes that generate combustible dusts.

You may view the white paper by clicking on its title:

Procedure for Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA) (PDF format)

Primatech's Dr. Paul Baybutt authors book chapter on Security Vulnerability Analysis

Publish Date: 2018-03-05
Category: Primatech News

Dr. Baybutt authored the chapter, Security Vulnerability Analysis (SVA): Protecting Process Plants from Physical and Cyber Threats, in the book:

Security Risk Assessment in the Chemical and Process Industry, Genserik Reniers, Nima Khakzad, and Pieter Van Gelder (Editors), De Gruyter, 2018.

The chapter describes SVA methods that can be used to evaluate threat scenarios that originate with hostile action to gain access to processes in order to cause harm. Both physical attacks that target processes within facilities and cyber attacks that seek to manipulate computer systems, such as those used for process control, are addressed.

Primatech's Dr. Paul Baybutt authors paper on guidelines for designing risk matrices

Publish Date: 2018-03-05
Category: Primatech News

The paper was published in Process Safety Progress, Process Safety Progress, Volume 37, pages 49–55, Issue 1, March 2018.


Risk matrices are used widely in process safety to rate and rank risks posed by processes to help with decision making. For example, commonly they are used in process hazard analysis to rate the risks of hazard scenarios and determine the need for risk reduction. However, there are no standards for risk matrices in process safety. Companies develop their own without the benefit of established industry guidelines. Risk matrices are deceptively simple but their design and use are rife with pitfalls, even for experienced users. Some of these pitfalls are not obvious and invalid risk ratings can result which are unrecognized. Guidelines for constructing risk matrices that address these pitfalls are provided.

Investigations Underway for Cause of Deadly Blast at Gas Well Site in Oklahoma

Publish Date: 2018-01-26
Category: Industry News

A January 22nd explosion at a gas drilling operation near Quinton, Oklahoma consumed the rig site, and resulted in five worker fatalities. Seventeen other onsite employees were able to get out safely. The incident occurred at a new gas well site operated by a privately-held oil and gas exploration company.

Although the cause of the explosion is unclear, initial assessments indicate that a possible uncontrolled release of gas caught fire and that efforts to shut down the well were unsuccessful. Early findings suggest that a blowout preventer designed to automatically shut down the well failed.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, and the Oklahoma Corporation Commission are investigating the accident.

Primatech has published a white paper that provides a primer on understanding cyber security for the manufacturing and process industries.

Publish Date: 2017-12-11
Category: Primatech News

This white paper explains and defines industrial cyber security and the vocabulary used, identifies threats and vulnerabilities for computer systems, describes techniques and methods used by adversaries in attacking them, and identifies cyber security protective measures that can be implemented.

You may view the white paper by clicking on its title below:

Making Sense of Industrial Cyber Security (PDF format)

Primatech Exhibiting at the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center International Symposium

Publish Date: 2017-09-15
Category: Primatech News

Primatech will be exhibiting at the 20th anniversary event of the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center International Symposium, October 24-26, 2017 in College Station, Texas. Be sure to visit the Primatech booth (10 & 11) at the Hilton Conference Center’s Bluebonnet Ballroom exhibit hall.

Primatech representatives Steven Baybutt and Shawn Metzler will be available to discuss how Primatech's consulting, training, and software and Primacert’s certifications can assist in meeting your organization's process safety objectives. The Primatech booth will also feature demos of the company’s software products, highlighted by hands-on demonstrations of PHAWorks® RA Edition.

Be sure to drop off your business card at Primatech's booth for a chance to win a Bose SoundLink Mini II Bluetooth Wireless Speaker!


Lessons Learned from OSHA's Petroleum Refinery PSM NEP

Publish Date: 2017-09-12
Category: Industry News

The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) had issued the document, Process Safety Management for Petroleum Refineries: Lessons Learned from the Petroleum Refinery Process Safety Management National Emphasis Program, OSHA 3918-08 2017. The document highlights areas of the Process Safety Management (PSM) standard where OSHA issued the most citations during the Petroleum Refinery Process Safety Management National Emphasis Program (NEP). OSHA discovered many common instances of non-compliance and recommends that refineries review these areas of non-compliance to ensure that they do not exist in their own facilities. The areas include:

  • Process Safety Information (PSI)
  • Process Hazards Analysis (PHA)
  • Operating Procedures
  • Mechanical Integrity (MI)
  • Management of Change (MOC)

The document is available at: