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

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 [...]

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

May 24th, 2018|0 Comments

“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 [...]

10 Years

May 17th, 2018|0 Comments

“An organization, no matter how well designed, is only as good as the people who live and work in it.”  -Dee Hock May 22 marks our tenth [...]

Just to be Safe: Can You be Too Conservative?

May 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

“I’m a conservative, but I’m not a nut about it.”  George H.W.Bush We’ve all heard it.  “You need to be conservative, just to be on the safe [...]

In the Line of Duty: Workers’ Memorial Day

April 26th, 2018|0 Comments

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."  —John F. Kennedy In [...]

Simplifying Safety Critical

April 12th, 2018|0 Comments

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” Stephen R Covey An important part of managing process safety is deciding [...]

What Does an OSHA Fine Mean?

April 5th, 2018|0 Comments

“There is no worse place … to be than on Page 1, above the fold in your daily newspaper.”  Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of the National [...]

Changing Safety Culture

March 29th, 2018|0 Comments

“How many psychologists does it take to change a lightbulb? Just one, but the lightbulb really has to want to change.”  Anonymous A former student, now working [...]

Slow Down: The FIU Bridge Collapse

March 19th, 2018|0 Comments

“Have you ever noticed when something bad happens, people automatically look for someone to blame?”  Amy Roberts I’m not a structural engineer, which means that I’m not [...]