Safety Lifecycle: Process Safety Information

“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 that it’s easier to start big and then work my way down into the nitty gritty details. In my last post, we were exposed to a general overview [...]

By | 2017-07-24T16:31:34+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Process Safety, Safety Lifecycle|2 Comments

Defunding the CSB: Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?

“Defunding the CSB is just plain stupid.”  -Mark Rosenzweig, Editor-in-Chief, Chemical Processing It has been a month since the administration announced a list of 19 independent federal agencies that it wants to completely defund in the 2018 budget.  Tucked in among the regional economic development agencies and the agencies that support the arts and humanities [...]

By | 2017-07-21T20:38:49+00:00 April 18th, 2017|Current Events, Process Safety|0 Comments

Will Trump Reverse the EPA’s Revised RMP Rules?

“From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.”  President Donald J. Trump President Trump just reversed the Obama administration’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline.  Regardless of my concerns about hydrocarbon consumption, as a safety professional, I have to welcome the news, knowing as I do that pipelines are the safest way [...]

By | 2017-07-24T16:40:38+00:00 January 26th, 2017|Current Events, Process Safety|0 Comments

Voltage Breaker Maintenance: How often is often enough?

“Electricity is really just organized lightning.”  George Carlin When I think of circuit breakers, I usually think of the circuit breakers in the panel in the basement at home.  They are relatively small (120 to 240 volts, 10 to 60 amps), and they’re for fairly simple circuits.  They supply power to my lights, outlets, refrigerator, [...]

By | 2017-07-24T17:26:04+00:00 November 22nd, 2016|Process Safety, 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