Pressure, How high is too high?

“Safety is not a gadget but a state of mind.”  Eleanor Everet Over-pressure scenarios can be defined as a situation resulting from the internal pressure within piping or vessels exceeding the maximum allowable working pressure (MAWP).  The term “over-pressure” can make those in the process industry cringe. This revulsion is born from associating the term [...]

By | 2017-07-21T19:20:57+00:00 March 7th, 2017|PHA, Process Safety Management|0 Comments

Safety Lifecycle: The Foundation

“Without a solid foundation, you’ll have trouble creating anything of value.”  Erika Oppenheimer Recently, I’ve been asked by quite a few clients to walk them through the steps of the safety lifecycle to ensure they aren’t missing anything in their safety program.  Trying to go through each step and explain its purpose over the phone, [...]

By | 2017-07-24T16:38:30+00:00 February 21st, 2017|Process Safety Management, Safety Lifecycle|0 Comments

Tolerable Risk, Analysis from a Novice

“Safety is a common denominator across all aspects of life, hence knowledge should always be shared.  It is not a matter for industry it is a matter for humanity.”  Doug Bourne, technical director at PM Lucas Six months ago, if you would have asked me to define the phrase “tolerable risk”, I would have stared [...]

By | 2017-07-24T16:41:57+00:00 January 12th, 2017|Process Safety Management, Risk Assessment|0 Comments

Consider

“There is no greater evil than men’s failure to consult and to consider.”  Sophocles In our office, we write a lot of recommendations.  As a rule, we begin recommendations with the words “consider” or “confirm.” This isn’t because we’re looking for weasel-words. It’s because not every recommendation is the best idea. Some recommendations aren’t even [...]

By | 2017-07-24T17:21:52+00:00 December 6th, 2016|PHA, Process Safety Management, Recommendations|0 Comments

A Beginner’s Guide to Process Safety

“Change can be scary, but you know what’s scarier? Allowing fear to stop you from growing, evolving and progressing.”  Mandy Hale Two months ago, I chose to leave the banking industry after eight years to pursue a career in process safety.  I now work alongside engineers who hold degrees from prestigious universities. Their critical thinking [...]

By | 2017-07-24T17:26:39+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Process Safety, Process Safety Management|0 Comments

Making the Workplace Safer: OSHA’s Top 10 Citations

“If all employers simply corrected the top 10 hazards, we are confident the number of deaths, amputations and hospitalizations would drastically decline.”  Tom Galassi, director of enforcement programs for OSHA About this time every year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration publishes its top 10 list of regulatory violations and the Bureau of Labor Statistics [...]

By | 2017-07-24T17:27:42+00:00 November 2nd, 2016|Process Safety, Process Safety Management|0 Comments