June 6, 2019
CCPS Incident Investigation Book Third Edition
Quentin Baker, President, Baker Engineering & Risk Consultants, Inc.
This presentation will discuss improvements for the third edition of the CCPS book, Guidelines for Investigating Chemical Process Incidents. These includes updates to methodologies used to investigate process incidents, attitudes about investigation focus and practices, technological developments, regulatory agency expectations, and legal rulings regarding admissibility of evidence and expert opinions. Major revisions in the book include: increased emphasis on investigating near-miss and minor incidents; global applicability; and flexibility in the investigation approach for varying regulatory, industry, cultural, and situational considerations. The book was extensively reorganized and consolidated to follow the logical sequence that an operating company would follow to organize their investigation management system, respond to an incident, determine causal factors, determine root causes, develop recommendations, and communicate the findings.