Process safety is the number one priority in designing or updating a chemical process. There are a lot of potentially dangerous scenarios that can take place without careful consideration of the equipment used in a process. These potentially uncontrolled dangers include: pressure buildup, temperature increases, runaway reactions, fires, and explosions. To control these dangers, the following safety systems can be implemented: pressure relief, temperature control, reaction control, and fire and explosion prevention.

Pressure Relief
Temperature Control
Reaction Control
Fire and Explosion Prevention


Cross, James, and Fox, Jeff, Dow Corning. Personal Communication with Susan Montgomery.      2014.

Photo Credits

Pressure Relief - Continental Disc Corporation

Temperature Control - Chemical Engineering, Access Intelligence, LLC

Reaction Control - Pfaudler Inc., Rochester NY

Fire and Explosion Prevention - FLAREGAS Corporation, Naunet, NY