About Kayla Whelehon

Kayla began her career with Bluefield Process Safety in 2016. Her interest in the field began with the commencement of her husband’s career as a process safety consultant.

Shelter-in-Place: What the Community Should Know

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”  — H.K.Williams On July 18, 2019, two people were injured after a chemical fire broke out at Diamond Chemical Company in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  At least one of the chemicals involved in the fire was chlorine, which is poisonous, especially as a gas.  When it [...]

By | 2019-09-05T13:36:34+00:00 September 5th, 2019|Chemicals, Process Safety|0 Comments

Unsafe Behaviors and Unsafe Conditions: What’s the Difference?

“I did everything right.  I don’t understand why it happened.”— Aleksandr Akimov, Chernobyl engineer You’ve probably heard of the new HBO miniseries, Chernobyl.  The show is a fairly accurate retelling of the events preceding and immediately follow the nuclear disaster that occurred in Pripyat, Ukraine on April 26, 1986.  Like any dramatized television production, it [...]

By | 2019-08-01T13:18:17+00:00 August 1st, 2019|Workplace Safety|0 Comments

Emotional Stress and Its Effect on Safety

“When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures of emotion.”  — Dale Carnegie Perfect lives don’t exist.  We’ve all experienced loss, misfortune or pain.  No one is a stranger to emotional stress.  And emotional stress affects work performance, particularly safety.  A study conducted by the U.K. Royal [...]

By | 2019-07-25T13:10:13+00:00 July 25th, 2019|Workplace Safety|0 Comments

Dangerous Jobs: Why Do Some Choose Them?

The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore. -Vincent Van Gogh There are some professions that top the list of dangerous jobs year after year: commercial fishing, loggers, roofers and trash collectors. The average fatality rate for all jobs [...]

By | 2019-06-12T19:16:03+00:00 June 12th, 2019|Workplace Safety|0 Comments

“It Won’t Happen to Me”: Why We Do Things We Know Are Unsafe

“Bad decisions made with good intentions, are still bad decisions.”  — James C. Collins When she was just 21 years old, Candace Carnahan lost her leg in a workplace incident.  One day, during her third summer working at a paper mill, Candace took a shortcut that she’d seen everyone else take hundreds of times before.  [...]

By | 2019-05-02T12:32:11+00:00 May 2nd, 2019|Training, Workplace Safety|0 Comments

Sharing Knowledge: How to Do It and Why It’s Important

“Knowledge, like air, is vital to life. Like air, no one should be denied it.”  — Alan Moore It is human nature to seek knowledge - we have evolved as curious creatures. Being able to build an accurate picture of the world is one method we employ for survival.  When you’re looking for knowledge, what [...]

Operator Stress: How Does it Impact Safety?

“I’ve never seen a tombstone that read ‘Here lies such and such, he was a really great asset to his company.’”  Unknown Have you ever tried to make an important decision or complete a task when you’re tired and under stress?  Probably so, which means you know it isn’t fun or easy.  In many industrial [...]

By | 2018-09-27T15:31:43+00:00 September 27th, 2018|Process Safety, Workplace Safety|0 Comments

That’s Hazardous? Process Safety in Unexpected Places

“If you do not expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail.” –Heraclitus I work for a process safety consulting company and we often participate in community events that bring members of the general public through our door.  The first question we always encounter [...]

By | 2018-08-23T14:47:09+00:00 August 23rd, 2018|Chemicals, Combustible Dust, Process Safety|0 Comments

Audits and Inspections: What’s the Difference?

“There are no secrets to success.  It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”  Colin Powell Before I began working in process safety, I worked in banking.  As with the process industry, we had rules and regulations, and repercussions if we failed to comply with them.  As a manager, it was [...]

By | 2018-07-26T12:45:07+00:00 July 26th, 2018|Process Safety|0 Comments

The Changing of the Guard: What Millennial Engineers Need from Their Predecessors

“If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it.”  Margaret Fuller I’ve always been fascinated with the Queen’s Guard.  My childhood cartoons were full of stoic soldiers in comically large hats and bright red coats.  As an adult, my appreciation is less about their wardrobe and more about their precision, professionalism and sense [...]

By | 2018-05-24T13:07:41+00:00 May 24th, 2018|Current Events, Training|0 Comments