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  • 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 [...]

  • Occupational Safety versus Process Safety - What's the difference?

Occupational Safety versus Process Safety – What’s the Difference?

January 25th, 2018|0 Comments

“Safety is not an intellectual exercise to keep us in work.  It is a matter of life and death.  It is the sum of our contributions to [...]

  • S.M.A.R.T. Goals

New Year, New Safety Goals

January 18th, 2018|0 Comments

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” Oprah Winfrey With 2017 coming to an end and 2018 just beginning, we’re [...]

  • Number of fatal work injuries by state 2016.

Workplace Fatalities 2016

January 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Each December, the Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes the final statistics workplace fatalities for the previous year.  The 2016 statistics and chart package came out last month; [...]

  • Bartlett Grain - Atchison Kansas. Settling for More: Will a grain explosion lead to greater safety?

Settling for More: Will a Grain Explosion Lead to Greater Safety?

January 11th, 2018|0 Comments

“Issuance of this Citation does not constitute a finding that a violation of the Act has occurred.”  —from OSHA Citation and Notification of Penalty On October 29, [...]

So I Know You Understand: Training Verification

January 4th, 2018|0 Comments

“I know you think you understand what you thought I said but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.”  —Alan [...]

Silent Night: Candle Safety This Christmas

December 14th, 2017|0 Comments

“Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.”  Washington Irving Christmas is also the [...]

This Is Not a Drill

December 7th, 2017|0 Comments

“Air raid, Pearl Harbor. This is not a drill.”  —Lt. Cmdr. Logan Ramsey, 7-Dec-1941 'Beauty' Ramsey sent one of the most famous telegrams of history after watching [...]

Mincing Words

November 16th, 2017|0 Comments

“If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.”  George Orwell, 1984 We’ve all done it.  We’re talking about something terrible and [...]

“It’s Always Been That Way”: Normalization of Deviation

November 9th, 2017|0 Comments

“It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than a new system. For the [...]

A Safety Lifestyle

October 19th, 2017|1 Comment

“We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”  Will Durant In 2006, The Association for Psychological Science published a journal [...]

Safety Lifecycle – Part 3: Developing Risk Tolerance Criteria

October 12th, 2017|0 Comments

“If we accept there is no such thing as ‘zero risk’ then we should not spin the meaning of words with assertions such as ‘all accidents are [...]

Check Valves and Risk Assessment: Should You Take Credit?

September 28th, 2017|7 Comments

“Unless you go forward then you are going back.”  - Greg Lake Check valves (CVs) are routinely installed as safeguards against reverse flow.  Just as routinely, check [...]

  • Hope you won't have to use it: Fire Extinguisher Inspections

Hope You Won’t Have to Use It: Fire Extinguisher Inspections

September 21st, 2017|0 Comments

“The cleverest of all, in my opinion, is the man who calls himself a fool at least once a month.”  Fyodor Dostoevsky OSHA does not require fire [...]

Mechanical Integrity – Basics

September 14th, 2017|0 Comments

“A man who lacks reliability is utterly useless” - Confucius Mechanical Integrity is an essential element of an efficient process and a safe, cost-effective facility. Furthermore, OSHA’s [...]

External Plant Fires: What’s the Likelihood?

September 7th, 2017|1 Comment

“A spark neglected makes a mighty fire.”  Robert Herrick During a process hazard analysis (PHA) and a layer of protection analysis (LOPA), the scenario of an external [...]