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

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 [...]

  • 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 [...]