Safety & Loss Prevention Special Interest Group
Safety at the heart of the process


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HSE Acronyms and Abbreviations
This is a compilation of acronyms and abbreviations commonly used within HSE. It is based on information gathered from all parts of HSE. Where possible they have been verified from printed sources. Abbreviations readily available elsewhere, have not been included in this edition.

US Environmental Protection Agency Glossary
This glossary contains definitions of terms used in the Risk Assessment Portal. These definitions are not all-encompassing, but are useful "working definitions" for the concepts outlined herein.

Periodicals (Contents/Abstracts only)

Process Safety and Environmental Protection
Publication of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. PSEP aims to be the principal international journal for publication of high quality, original papers in the branches of engineering concerned with the safety of industrial processes and the protection of the environment.

Combustion and Flame
The mission of the journal is to publish high quality work from experimental, theoretical, and computational investigations on the fundamentals of combustion phenomena and closely allied matters.

Journal of Chemical Health and Safety
The Journal of Chemical Health and Safety focuses on news, information, and ideas relating to issues and advances in chemical health and safety. The Journal of Chemical Health and Safety covers up-to-the minute, in-depth views of safety issues ranging from OSHA and EPA regulations to the safe handling of hazardous waste, from the latest innovations in effective chemical hygiene practices to the courts' most recent rulings on safety-related lawsuits.

Journal of Hazardous Materials
The Journal of Hazardous Materials publishes full length research papers, reviews, case studies and short communications which improve our understanding of the hazards and risks certain materials pose to people and the environment or deal with ways of controlling these hazards and associated risks.

Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries
Loss Prevention is concerned with process and plant design; plant layout; hazard analysis, accident and loss; plant commissioning and inspection; plant operation; maintenance and modification; process control and monitoring; design of protective systems; equipment design and reliability; use of computer systems in loss prevention; operational management and training aspects; accident analysis; emergency planning; transport and offshore; hazards assessment.

Periodicals (Full Text)

Hazards Forum Newsletters
The quarterly newsletter of the Hazards Forum.

Natural Hazards Observer
The Bimonthly Periodical of the Natural Hazards Center. The Natural Hazards Observer covers disaster issues, recent disaster management and education programs, hazards research, political and policy developments, resources and Web sites, upcoming conferences, and recent publications.


Hazards Forum Articles
Articles produced, or referenced, by the Hazards Forum.

Transforming HSE Performance. It's not as hard as you think
by Brian Kraus, ERM's Global Head of the Performance and Assurance Practice (2010)

Managing the Risks of Organizational Accidents
by James Reason. Excerpt from Chapter 4, The Human Contribution

Our Technology Just Can't Go Wrong
An essay on risk management by Leo Singer (1997)

The Unanticipated Consequences of Technology
By Tim Healy (1998)

How Numbers are Tricking You
by Arnold Barnett. The statistics that fill the media are often subtly misleading. Here's a guide to the most common types of error. (1994)

The Long Road to Recovery: Community Responses to Industrial Disaster
Edited by James K. Mitchell, United Nations University Press, The United Nations University (1996)

Injuries in School/College Laboratories in USA
by Ronald B. Standler (1999)

World Health Organisation - International Programme on Chemical Safety
The International Programme on Chemical Safety (IPCS), established in 1980, is a joint programme of three Cooperating Organizations - WHO, ILO and UNEP, implementing activities related to chemical safety. WHO is the Executing Agency of the IPCS, whose main roles are to establish the scientific basis for safe use of chemicals, and to strengthen national capabilities and capacities for chemical safety.

OECD - Environment, Health and Safety Publications
Chronological lists of OECD's Environment, Health and Safety publications which have appeared since 1988. The documents are available for downloading.

International Labour Organisation (ILO)
ILO is a specialized agency of the United Nations

Books and Large Documents

Europe's Environment - The Dobris Assessment
A series of environmental assessments published by the EEA (European Environment Agency) including:

State of the environment - The Dobris Assessment, Published 20 May 1995

State of the environment - 2nd Assessment, Published 22 Jun 1998
State of the environment - 3rd Assessment, Published 11 May 2003
State of the environment - 4th Assessment, Published 10 Oct 2007

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory - ES&H Manual

Gas Explosion Handbook - Christian Michelsen Research/GexCon AS

This handbook has been written as a part of Christian Michelsen Research's (CMR) research programme "Gas Safety Programme 1990-1992" (GSP90-92). The participants of the programme are: BP Norway Limited U.A., Bundesministerium für Forschung und Technologie, Conoco Norway Inc., Elf Petroleum Norge A/S, Esso Norge A/S, Gaz de France, Health and Safety Executive, Mobil Exploration Norway Inc., Norsk Hydro, Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie, Phillips Petroleum Company Norway and Statoil.

The purpose of this handbook is to give a brief introduction to gas explosion safety, based on our current knowledge of the subject and on our experience in applying this knowledge to practical problems in the industry. Because of the intended brevity and simplicity of the handbook the information provided may in some cases be strongly simplified and/or incomplete. For in-depth information on the various subjects the reader is referred to the literature described in the References.

S2S - The European Web Portal for Process Safety

Training prepared by the "safety guidelines and training" working group on

  • Industrial Fire Safety
  • Explosive Atmospheres (ATEX)
  • Fault tree analysis (FTA)
  • Layers on Protection Analysis (LOPA)
  • Introduction to Hazardous substances and chemical reaction hazards
  • Evaluation of chemical reaction hazards
  • Screening methods on chemical reaction hazards
  • Case Study: Thermal Safety of a Batch Reaction
  • Case Studies: Static Electricity
  • Ignition hazards by electrostatic (German)
  • Dow Chemical Exposure Index
  • Dow Fire and Explosion Index
  • Is your process plant affected by Seveso II?
  • Lessons learned
  • Database on Assessment and Training resources

NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards
The NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards (NPG) is intended as a source of general industrial hygiene information on several hundred chemicals/classes for workers, employers, and occupational health professionals. The NPG does not contain an analysis of all pertinent data, rather it presents key information and data in abbreviated or tabular form for chemicals or substance groupings (e.g. cyanides, fluorides, manganese compounds) that are found in the work environment. The information found in the NPG should help users recognize and control occupational chemical hazards.

Protecting Our Hometowns: Preventing Chemical Terrorism in America
A Guide for Policymakers and Advocates, by Jeremiah Baumann of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund (Published 7th Mar 2002)

U.S Department of Energy - Online Approved DOE Technical Standards

My IChemE

IChemE is a registered charity in England & Wales (214379), and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 039661).