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Chemical Accident Prevention

Robert B. Coulter, P.E.

Course Outline

This two-hour online course provides a basic understanding of EPA's Chemical Accident Prevention Provisions, 40 CFR Part 68

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Have an understanding of the applicability of EPA's Chemical Accident Prevention Provisions (CAP) and have a basic knowledge of the requirements of the CAP provisions

About the Author

Robert B.Coulter, PE, is a provider of safety, process engineering and environmental consulting services including inhouse training on safety and environmental topics. For more information, visit his website at

Course Introduction

This course provides the user with an overview of EPA's chemical accident prevention provisions, 40 CFR part 68, which governs the management of processes involving highly hazardous chemicals in regards to preventing chemical accidents that may cause harm to the public or the environment. The course will show the conditions that will trigger compliance to the CAP provisions and give a brief description of the specific provisions.

Course Content

The main course content can be found at the link below. You will need the Adobe Acrobat reader installed on your computer to view this content.

Chemical Accident Prevention - Main Course Content

Summary and Conclusions

EPA's Chemical Accident Prevention Provisions is a broad and intensive standard designed to minimize the public's and the environment's exposure to catastrophic disasters associated with the processing of hazardous chemicals. The elements of the standard rely on a cooperative effort of all individuals whose work is associated with applicable processes. A successful program is a well documented program in which everyone understands their role. The student may also want to further review the related links below. After reviewing the course material the student should be ready for the test.

Related Links

The following are pertinent links for this course:

CAP - Chemical Accident Prevention Provisions - EPA Rule 40 CFR Part 68
CAP Listed Substances - 40 CFR Part 68.130
U.S. Census Bureau
U.S. Geological Survey

Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

Take a Quiz

DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered professional engineer. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.