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

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 [...]

SIL Certification: Necessary or Sufficient?

May 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

“Contrary to what many parents tell their children, talent and hard work are neither necessary nor sufficient for economic success.”  —Robert H. Frank We are all guilty [...]

Doing HazOps the RIGHT Way!

May 16th, 2019|0 Comments

“Watching two engineers argue is like watching pigs wallow in mud. Eventually you figure out that they do it because they like to.”  — Anonymous I’m still [...]

Lab Safety: A Three Phase System

May 9th, 2019|0 Comments

“A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood.”  George S. Patton, Jr. I intended to begin with “A good plan, well executed, is better than [...]

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

May 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

“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 [...]

Double Jeopardy: Impossible?

April 25th, 2019|0 Comments

“Everything is impossible until it is done.”  — Robert H. Goddard In 1921, annoyed with ignorant criticism, Robert Goddard published a piece in Scientific American in defense [...]

Notre-Dame Burning: Don’t Wait for the Fire

April 18th, 2019|0 Comments

“If your house were burning down and you could take away one thing, what would it be?”…”I’d take the fire.” — Jean Cocteau, interviewed by André Fraigneau [...]

An Incident? Don’t Recommend Training!

April 11th, 2019|0 Comments

“It’s not how we make mistakes, but how we correct them that defines us.”  — Rachel Wolchin One of the most common recommendations made as a result [...]