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

Fools Rush In: What We Really Expect

October 10th, 2019|0 Comments

“For Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread.”  — Alexander Pope I once led some process safety training that involved people from several different plants from [...]

Changing the Bet: The Safety Experience

October 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

“When you gamble with safety, you bet your life.”  Slogan on an industrial entrance mat The biggest obstacle to getting people to heed safety training is that [...]

Someone Else’s Experience

September 26th, 2019|0 Comments

“Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.”  — C.S.Lewis We all learn from experience. When it comes to brutal lessons, [...]

PSM Auditor: Coach or Umpire?

September 19th, 2019|0 Comments

“Umpires don’t make the rules.  They apply them…They make sure everybody plays by the rules.  But it is a limited role.  Nobody ever went to a ballgame [...]

More Than Three? Limits to Redundancy

September 12th, 2019|0 Comments

“How can you trust a man who wears both a belt and suspenders? The man can’t even trust his own pants.”  — Henry Fonda as Frank, in [...]

Shelter-in-Place: What the Community Should Know

September 5th, 2019|0 Comments

“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 [...]

Seven Questions: The Essence of HazOps

August 29th, 2019|0 Comments

“A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.”  — Francis Bacon There are about a gazillion “best” ways to do HazOps. What they all have in common, however, [...]

For Engineering Students: Some Unsolicited Advice

August 15th, 2019|0 Comments

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” – Albert Einstein My day job is process safety engineer, but I also teach [...]

H21: Is Hydrogen a Safe Fuel?

August 8th, 2019|0 Comments

“The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.” - Harlan Ellison I first learned about H21, the project to convert the fuel gas [...]

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

August 1st, 2019|0 Comments

“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 [...]

Emotional Stress and Its Effect on Safety

July 25th, 2019|0 Comments

“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 [...]

One Small Step

July 18th, 2019|0 Comments

“If we can put a man on the moon, why can’t we…”  — Nearly Everyone Fifty years ago, humans first walked on the moon. It was and [...]

Yes, But…Hardware Fault Tolerance

July 11th, 2019|0 Comments

“Therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Universita Committeeatum E Pluribus Unum, I hereby confer upon you the honorary degree of Th.D.,… er, [...]

Putting Safety First on the 4th

June 27th, 2019|0 Comments

“As far as fireworks, it's very dangerous. You shouldn't play with them.” – Jason Pierre-Paul An American Tradition In the United States, the 4th of July holds [...]

A Process Safety Hat Trick

June 20th, 2019|0 Comments

“I hated being pregnant, but I never minded being in labor.  I knew I would get a prize at the end.”  — Chris Schmidt, mother of four [...]

Dangerous Jobs: Why Do Some Choose Them?

June 12th, 2019|0 Comments

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 [...]

As Safe as You Want to Be

June 6th, 2019|0 Comments

“If the government wanted people to drive safely, they’d mandate a spike in the middle of each steering wheel.”  — Gordon Tullock We call economics “the dismal [...]

Taking Safety Home

May 30th, 2019|0 Comments

“Safety is a common denominator across all aspects of life...”  Doug Bourne After working in a manufacturing environment for 2 years, I have developed a great appreciation [...]