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

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 [...]

Spark Detection

March 15th, 2018|0 Comments

“A mighty flame follows a little spark.”  Dante Alighieri Sparks can cause fires. Good news if you want fire. Bad news if fires, or worse, explosions, are [...]

  • Wait for it! Are Trip Delays Okay? Many safety instrumented functions are deliberately designed to wait before tripping.

Wait For It! Are Trip Delays Okay?

March 8th, 2018|0 Comments

“But the important thing about learning to wait, I feel sure, is to know what you are waiting for.”  —Anna Neagle Many safety instrumented functions (SIFs) are [...]

Workplace Safety – The Road to Success

March 1st, 2018|0 Comments

“If you put good people in bad systems, you get bad results. You have to water the flowers you want to grow.”  Stephen Covey When you think [...]

Man Down: Knowing When Someone is Hurt

February 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

“If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.”  Isaac Asimov We recently facilitated a Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) where the [...]

  • Seven Habits for More Effective PHAs,

Seven Habits for More Effective PHAs

February 15th, 2018|0 Comments

“Most people would rather have their wisdom teeth extracted without the benefit of anesthesia than sit through a PHA.”  PHAs are tough.  They take focus and energy [...]

  • The Ford Pinto: A Case Against Risk Analysis?

The Ford Pinto

February 8th, 2018|0 Comments

“The Ford Pinto—the barbecue that seats four.” –Johnny Carson This month, February 2018, will be the 40th anniversary of the California jury verdict in the Grimshaw v. [...]

Who Gets In? Plant Access Control

February 1st, 2018|0 Comments

“We did not choose to be the guardians of the gate, but there is no one else.” – Lyndon B. Johnson In LOPA, the role of people [...]