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Things We Worry About: In-plant Derailments

October 11th, 2018|0 Comments

“To invent the train is to invent the rail accident of derailment.”  —Paul Virilio When most of us think of train derailments, we think of horrendous events, [...]

A New Enforcement Program: Ammonia and Ammonium Nitrate

October 4th, 2018|0 Comments

“This program is an enforcement tool to emphasize the obligations under existing OSHA standards,”  – Kimberly Stille, OSHA Region VII Administrator When the West Fertilizer ammonium nitrate [...]

Operator Stress: How Does it Impact Safety?

September 27th, 2018|0 Comments

“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 [...]

Cracks in the Bridge: FIU Part 2

September 20th, 2018|0 Comments

“…obviously some repairs or whatever will have to be done but from a safety perspective we don’t see that there’s any issue there, so we’re not concerned [...]

Things We Worry About: In-plant Truck Releases

September 13th, 2018|0 Comments

“It’s no good crying over spilt milk, because all the forces of the universe are bent on spilling it.”  —William Somerset Maugham Imagine a tank truck shows [...]

Arkema: A Ham Sandwich

September 6th, 2018|0 Comments

“The district attorney could get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich if he wanted to.” Judge Sol Wachtler Arkema is a ham sandwich. A year [...]

Before You Hear It on the News

August 30th, 2018|0 Comments

“I just wanted to call you and let you know before you heard it on the news.”  —Mike Schmidt When we were newlyweds, my husband once called [...]

That’s Hazardous? Process Safety in Unexpected Places

August 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

“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 [...]

Defeating Safety: 3 Reasons People Put Protective Devices Out of Commission and What to Do About Them

August 16th, 2018|0 Comments

“When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.”  —Napoleon [...]

Breaking Glass: Facility Siting

August 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

“I love the sound of breaking glass.”  Nick Lowe When I was a kid, the song, “I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass,” was on the radio. [...]

Audits and Inspections: What’s the Difference?

July 26th, 2018|0 Comments

“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, [...]

My Process Isn’t Covered by the PSM Standard

July 12th, 2018|0 Comments

“Habits are safer than rules; you don’t have to watch them. And you don’t have to keep them, either. They keep you.”  —Frank Crane You’ve done it! [...]

Human Factors: The Power of Words

July 5th, 2018|0 Comments

“Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish.”  —Hermann Hesse I [...]

Abandon-in-Place or Decommission?

June 28th, 2018|0 Comments

“Let go of the attachment, keep the lesson.”  L.J. Vanier On February 16, 2007, a propane fire broke out at the Valero McKee Refinery in Sunray, Texas.  [...]

Safety Incidents: Blaming the Victim

June 21st, 2018|0 Comments

“Our culture peculiarly honors the act of blaming, which it takes as the sign of virtue and intellect.” –Lionel Trilling Although the phrase, “blaming the victim,” has [...]

If It Weren’t For Bad Luck, We’d Have No Luck at All

June 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Only bad golfers are lucky. They’re the ones bouncing balls off trees, curbs, turtles and cars. Good golfers have bad luck. When you hit the ball straight, [...]

How Rare is Rare?

June 7th, 2018|0 Comments

“The unlikely combination of potatoes and pasta does appear in some Italian recipes.”  Yotam Ottolenghi People sometimes have a hard time appreciating the difference between risk and [...]

Top 12 Issues for Facility Siting Studies: What Does OSHA Expect?

May 31st, 2018|0 Comments

“I just let emotion dictate what the arrangement is.”  Jeff Buckley, singer-songwriter Emotion is a great way to approach the arrangement of music. As an approach to [...]