November 2014

Special Report: Plant Safety and Environment

Heater training improves safety and operations

As a part of an initiative to conserve energy and other valuable resources, an independent petroleum refiner began a two-year training program in the summer of 2013 for more than 900 operators at six ..

Baukal, C., Luginbill, R., John Zink Co. LLC; Basquez, D., Baker, M., HollyFrontier

As a part of an initiative to conserve energy and other valuable resources, an independent petroleum refiner began a two-year training program in the summer of 2013 for more than 900 operators at six plants. In addition to improving the operational safety and management of furnaces, the program created a single point of leadership for fired heaters at each facility, who has the expertise and knowledge to lead the organization’s efforts on every aspect of furnace operation and integrity. BACKSTORY In 2013, the company stepped up its efforts to minimize the potential for process safety events associated with fired heaters and to optimize heater performance. Most employees understand

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