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

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

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 [...]

Getting It Wrong

September 1st, 2017|0 Comments

“Adversity does not build character, it reveals it” -James Lane Allen I have been very interested in what the press has had to say about process safety [...]

Fire and Grain: Prefire Plans for Grain Handling Facilities

August 24th, 2017|0 Comments

“What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.”  – Charles Bukowski A firefighter’s instinct in a fire scenario is to extinguish it, to throw water [...]

Backward Looking Vs. Forward Looking

August 17th, 2017|1 Comment

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”  Henry Ford Your company has had an incident or a near miss, the investigation is [...]

OSHA “What’s New” – Public Opportunity to Comment on Collection of Information

August 10th, 2017|0 Comments

On July 31st, the Department of Labor (DOL) submitted seven OSHA sponsored information collection requests (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and [...]

Protection Under Pressure: Understanding HIPPS

August 3rd, 2017|1 Comment

“Everybody handles pressure differently.”  Gerry Cooney High Integrity Pressure Protection Systems (HIPPS) are a type of Safety Instrumented System (SIS) used as an alternative to or in [...]

Red Shirts: Reducing Occupancy to Reduce Risk

July 20th, 2017|1 Comment

“Red Shirt: In Star Trek, red-uniformed security officers and engineers who accompany the main characters on landing parties who often suffer quick deaths.[”  Wikipedia I didn’t see [...]

Incident Investigations – The Blame Game

July 6th, 2017|0 Comments

“We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.”  Albert Einstein In Incident Investigations: A Guide for Employers, OSHA defines an incident [...]

Safety Lifecycle: Process Safety Information

June 20th, 2017|2 Comments

“Great design is a multi-layered relationship between human life and its environment.” Naoto Fukasawa Generally speaking, in order to grasp a concept that is multifaceted, I’ve found [...]

Zero Bin Entry

June 8th, 2017|0 Comments

“The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed.” – William Gibson I previously wrote about the two grain bin accidents in Nebraska. That blog [...]

Training – A Recommendation

May 30th, 2017|1 Comment

“It is the sum of our contributions to safety management that determines whether the people we work with live or die.”  Sir Brian Appleton Okay, I’m not [...]