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Blog 2017-09-07T16:27:27+00:00

Hope You Won’t Have to Use It: Fire Extinguisher Inspections

September 21st, 2017|0 Comments

“The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month.”  Fyodor Dostoevsky OSHA does not require fire [...]

Mechanical Integrity – Basics

September 14th, 2017|0 Comments

“A man who lacks reliability is utterly useless” - Confucius Mechanical Integrity is an essential element of an efficient process and a safe, cost-effective facility. Furthermore, OSHA’s [...]

External Plant Fires: What’s the Likelihood?

September 7th, 2017|0 Comments

“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 [...]

Getting It Wrong

September 1st, 2017|0 Comments

“Adversity does not build character, it reveals it” -James Lane Allen I have been very interested in what the press has had to say about process safety [...]

Fire and Grain: Prefire Plans for Grain Handling Facilities

August 24th, 2017|0 Comments

“What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.”  – Charles Bukowski A firefighter’s instinct in a fire scenario is to extinguish it, to throw water [...]

Backward Looking Vs. Forward Looking

August 17th, 2017|1 Comment

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”  Henry Ford Your company has had an incident or a near miss, the investigation is [...]

OSHA “What’s New” – Public Opportunity to Comment on Collection of Information

August 10th, 2017|0 Comments

On July 31st, the Department of Labor (DOL) submitted seven OSHA sponsored information collection requests (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and [...]

Protection Under Pressure: Understanding HIPPS

August 3rd, 2017|1 Comment

“Everybody handles pressure differently.”  Gerry Cooney High Integrity Pressure Protection Systems (HIPPS) are a type of Safety Instrumented System (SIS) used as an alternative to or in [...]

Red Shirts: Reducing Occupancy to Reduce Risk

July 20th, 2017|1 Comment

“Red Shirt: In Star Trek, red-uniformed security officers and engineers who accompany the main characters on landing parties who often suffer quick deaths.[”  Wikipedia I didn’t see [...]

Incident Investigations – The Blame Game

July 6th, 2017|0 Comments

“We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.”  Albert Einstein In Incident Investigations: A Guide for Employers, OSHA defines an incident [...]

Safety Lifecycle: Process Safety Information

June 20th, 2017|2 Comments

“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 [...]

Zero Bin Entry

June 8th, 2017|0 Comments

“The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed.” – William Gibson I previously wrote about the two grain bin accidents in Nebraska. That blog [...]

Training – A Recommendation

May 30th, 2017|0 Comments

“It is the sum of our contributions to safety management that determines whether the people we work with live or die.”  Sir Brian Appleton Okay, I’m not [...]

The Gorilla in the Room: Motor Vehicle Fatalities

May 16th, 2017|0 Comments

“Anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac.”  George Carlin While work-related fatalities are not a significant portion [...]

Operating Procedures – We Need Them

May 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

Every part of an organization is dependent on documented procedures to mitigate risk and improve productivity and performance. – Deborah Kenny At Bluefield Process Safety, I have [...]

Defunding the CSB: Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?

April 18th, 2017|0 Comments

“Defunding the CSB is just plain stupid.”  -Mark Rosenzweig, Editor-in-Chief, Chemical Processing It has been a month since the administration announced a list of 19 independent federal [...]

Is America First without the Chemical Safety Board?

March 28th, 2017|0 Comments

“At the end of the day, the goals are simple: safety and security.”  Jodi Rell At Bluefield Process Safety, our mission is to make the world a [...]

Enabling: When a helping hand is no help at all

March 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

“Stopping enabling isn’t easy. Nor is it for the faint of heart. Aside from likely pushback and possible retaliation, you may also fear the consequences of doing [...]