There are many ways we use the Database to connect past Incidents, current Media and future Events.


The AIChe CCPS Process Safety Beacons often cite incidents from CSB investigations, for example:

202001JulAll DayProcess interruptions: a threat to process safetyProcess Safety Beacon | Pay attention to all equipment containing chemicals, even if it is “shut down“Lessons:Asset integrity,Control of Work,Emergency Preparedness,Operating Procedures,Operational Integrity,Risk Assessment,Stakeholder EngagementLanguage:EN Origin: CCPS Document Type:BulletinTopics:Chemical Reaction,Pressure Systems,Occupied Buildings

200213OctAll DayFirst Chemical Reactive Chemical Explosion 2002First Chemical Corp. Pascagoula (US-MS)Lessons:Asset integrity,Control of Work,Emergency Preparedness,Risk Assessment,Stakeholder EngagementIndustry:PetrochemicalsCountry:United StatesLanguage:ENLoC:Confined explosion Origin: CSB Incident:Runaway reaction explosionHazards:ReactiveContributory Factors:Loss of Process ControlImpact:HUMAN (On Site Injuries)Effects:< 100 InjuriesMaterial:MononitrotolueneTopics:Chemical Reaction,Pressure Systems,Occupied Buildings

The Key Issues from the investigation reports can be used to categorise Lessons to be Learned according to familiar PSM Frameworks:

Bulletins are available in a variety of languages:


Planned events are associated with techniques or technologies that address deficiencies in PSM Frameworks – for example a webinar on Bowties provides information on the Risk Assessment element :

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The RELATED EVENTS feature hyperlinks connect Incidents to other Incidents, Media e.g. from the IChemE or relevant Events:

198806JulAll DayPiper Alpha Explosion 1988Occidental UK North Sea (GB)Lessons:Commitment & Culture,Control of Work,Emergency Preparedness,Management of Change,Operational IntegrityIndustry:OffshoreCountry:United KingdomLanguage:ENLoC:Maintenance error Origin: HSE Incident:VCEHazards:FlammableImpact:HUMAN (On Site Fatalities)Effects:> 100 FatalitiesMaterial:Hydrocarbons


Incidents are also mapped geographically:

Animated or live videos associated with Incidents e.g. from the CSB or the IChemE Safety Centre are also mapped to Major Accidents:


The Industry in which the Incident occurred, the Hazard(s) associated with the process/activity where the Incident occurred and the Consequences of the Incident are classified as follows:



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