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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 [...]

Why Different PHA Teams Get Different Results

February 7th, 2019|0 Comments

“Differences challenge assumptions.”  Anne Wilson Schaef There is a common misunderstanding about the nature of Process Hazard Analyses (PHAs):  that they are objective studies. By objective, we [...]

Your Next Blockbuster Adventure: The PHA

January 31st, 2019|0 Comments

“Archeology is the search for fact, not truth. If it’s truth you’re looking for, Dr. Tyree’s philosophy class is right down the hall.” — Indiana Jones, from [...]

Risk Tolerance Criteria: How Low Do You Go?

January 24th, 2019|0 Comments

“Some risks are plainly acceptable and others are plainly unacceptable.”  Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens When Justice Stevens wrote that opinion for the majority in the [...]

By the Book: Procedure Violations in Incident Investigations

January 17th, 2019|0 Comments

“There is almost no human action or decision that cannot be made to look flawed and less sensible in the misleading light of hindsight.  It is essential [...]

Near Misses: Learning from Experience

January 10th, 2019|0 Comments

“Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.”  — Vernon Law When hit with the first winter storm of the season, [...]

Lab Safety: Being Interested Isn’t Enough

January 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

“Once trained, the hazard often becomes a routine part of their experimentation and researchers perceive themselves to be experts in handling the hazard. Perceived familiarity can shift [...]

New Year, New Safety Goals: What’s the formula for meeting them?

December 27th, 2018|0 Comments

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” Oprah Winfrey With 2018 coming to an end and 2019 just beginning, we’re [...]

Lock the Gates Behind You

December 20th, 2018|0 Comments

“If you want zero risk in the plant, send everyone home and lock the gate.”  — Industrial safety proverb I don’t remember when I first heard it, [...]