About Ashtyn Baldas

Ashtyn Baldas has worked in Process Safety as a Safety Consultant at Bluefield Process Safety since graduating with her BS in Environmental Engineering at Missouri S&T in 2014.

External Plant Fires: What’s the Likelihood?

“A spark neglected makes a mighty fire.”  Robert Herrick During a process hazard analysis (PHA) and a layer of protection analysis (LOPA), the scenario of an external plant fire frequently arises. From our experience facilitating PHAs and LOPAs, we’ve found that a common cause for this is a pooling of flammable liquid or oil getting [...]

By | 2017-09-07T14:02:34+00:00 September 7th, 2017|Chemicals, Gas, PHA, Process Safety, Risk Assessment|0 Comments

Safety Lifecycle: Process Safety Information

“Great design is a multi-layered relationship between human life and its environment.” Naoto Fukasawa Generally speaking, in order to grasp a concept that is multifaceted, I’ve found that it’s easier to start big and then work my way down into the nitty gritty details. In my last post, we were exposed to a general overview [...]

By | 2017-07-24T16:31:34+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Process Safety, Safety Lifecycle|2 Comments

Safety Lifecycle: The Foundation

“Without a solid foundation, you’ll have trouble creating anything of value.”  Erika Oppenheimer Recently, I’ve been asked by quite a few clients to walk them through the steps of the safety lifecycle to ensure they aren’t missing anything in their safety program.  Trying to go through each step and explain its purpose over the phone, [...]

By | 2017-07-24T16:38:30+00:00 February 21st, 2017|Process Safety Management, Safety Lifecycle|0 Comments

Human Response: What’s It Worth?

“Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.”  Napolean Bonaparte Can operator responses to unsafe conditions be considered part of safety instrumented functions?  The question frequently arises during a Layer of Protection Analysis (LOPA) as operators consider their existing safeguards and Independent Layers of Protection (IPLs).  [...]

By | 2017-07-21T19:50:12+00:00 January 4th, 2017|Risk Assessment|0 Comments

Voltage Breaker Maintenance: How often is often enough?

“Electricity is really just organized lightning.”  George Carlin When I think of circuit breakers, I usually think of the circuit breakers in the panel in the basement at home.  They are relatively small (120 to 240 volts, 10 to 60 amps), and they’re for fairly simple circuits.  They supply power to my lights, outlets, refrigerator, [...]

By | 2017-07-24T17:26:04+00:00 November 22nd, 2016|Process Safety, Recommendations|0 Comments