Safe Work Practices in Chemical Process Industry Facilities

Work place fatalities continue to occur because of unsafe work practices. Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) is a not-for-profit, corporate membership organization within AIChE that identifies and addresses process safety needs within the chemical, pharmaceutical, and petroleum industries. CCPS Project 276, Guidelines for Safe Work Practices, is intended to share safe work practice incidents and by compiling effective best practice elements for many commonly used Safe Work Practices (SWP) in order to make SWPs more human failure resistant. This project will provide a collection of web-based resources available to all levels of the organization; including management, supervision, and operating and maintenance technicians.

The website will have seven main components:

  • Fundamental Intent
  • Call to Action (Need for SWP’s)
  • Potential Hazards
  • Effective Practices
  • Common Program Practices
  • Incidents
  • Reference Materials

The website and its content are designed to reach, and provide value to, a very broad audience. In addition to appealing to larger, more established member companies, the website and its contents has been tailored to also reach non-member outlier organizations, both large and small, domestic and international.


David Belonger

David is an AIChE Senior Member and a member of the Delaware Valley Local Section. As a CCPS staff consultant, he managed projects to develop guideline books for chemical plant security, engineering design, organizational change management and process equipment reliability.

David is also the president for DJB Associates, an independent firm specializing in Safety and Security management systems in the chemical and hydrocarbon industries.

David A. Lewis

David has been working in the chemical industry for over 26 years. He has been an active member of CCPS for 10+ years, member of the CCPS Technical Steering Committee (TSC) and the CCPS Advisory Board. David has also been actively involved on two CCPS book committees : A Practical Approach to Hazard Identification for Operations and Maintenance Workers and Recognizing Catastrophic Incident Warning Signs in the Process Industries.

David serves as the chair for CCPS Project #276: Guidelines/Essentials of Safe Work Practices

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