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

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 [...]

“No Harm, No Foul”: Madness

April 4th, 2019|0 Comments

“As they depend, not upon the agent, but upon fortune, they cannot be the proper foundation for any sentiment” — Adam Smith We all believe that people [...]

Setting Limits: Where Does Your PSM-Covered Process End?

March 28th, 2019|0 Comments

“Human genius has limits, but stupidity does not.”  — Alexandre Dumas, fils Everyone we have ever worked with is accepting, if not downright enthusiastic, about managing process [...]

Grounding the Max 8: Ignoring Near Misses

March 14th, 2019|0 Comments

“The failure of a layer of protection to prevent an incident is not the initiating cause of the incident.”  The United States just joined much of the [...]

Worst Case Scenario: What Does It Mean?

March 7th, 2019|0 Comments

“No matter how bad things are, you can always make things worse.”  — Randy Pausch The term “worst case” lacks rigor.  Let’s stop using it. “Worst case” [...]

Sharing Knowledge: How to Do It and Why It’s Important

February 28th, 2019|0 Comments

“Knowledge, like air, is vital to life. Like air, no one should be denied it.”  — Alan Moore It is human nature to seek knowledge - we [...]

Hear No Evil, See No Evil: False Alarms and Spurious Trips

February 21st, 2019|0 Comments

“With a chemical alarm, you’re going to build one that is oversensitive because you would rather the alarm go off and give you a false alarm than [...]

Do You Need a Hero? Emergency Action Plans

February 14th, 2019|0 Comments

“Show me a hero and I’ll write you a tragedy.”  — F. Scott Fitzgerald Being a firefighter is about as safe as any typical job in the [...]