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June 10, 2019

Like many of you, I watched Chernobyl and admired the simplicity with which Valery Legasov (Jared Harris) explained how the activity of a RBMK reactor goes up and down according to the conditions and controls.

He had to explain a relatively complex strategy to a less-in...

January 29, 2019

Trevor Kletz, in his book HAZOP and HAZAN, noted:

Although HAZOP is a valuable technique, no-one jumps out of bed on a Monday morning shouting, ‘Hooray! I’ve got a HAZOP today!’.
 

The need to consider every deviation on every line can become tedious. Beware of making it...

January 6, 2019

You've seen the pictures, watched the CSB videos and possibly read the investigation reports (all pages of all parts - really ?), but can you recall all the key details and effectively communicate and apply the lessons learned, particularly amongst less informed (but n...

November 23, 2018

I've had cause to remind myself about the dangers of “salami slicing” risk and referred colleagues to the guidance in HSE Research Report 151 ‘Good Practice and Pitfalls in Risk Assessment (http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr151.pdf)

This invaluable and timeless rep...

September 3, 2018

A couple of years ago I facilitated a LOPA study for a Biogas facility which, due to a lack of onsite venues, was held in the Warrington Peace Centre (www.peace-foundation.org.uk). Our host was Wendy Parry (whose tragic loss has just been dramatised in the BBC programm...

July 25, 2018

When explaining bowties, I say that the Top Event (Loss of Control or Containment of the HAZARD) is 'What Keeps You Awake At Night" i.e. your (worst) fear that the Genie is now Out of the Bottle, Pandora's Box is now Open or The Gorilla is Out of the Cage (bit.ly/2OgP6...

June 13, 2018

Don’t be alarmed – Understand the problem & undertake action


The UK Health & Safety Executive highlight that there is significant evidence to show that poorly designed alarm systems have contributed to major incidents and emphasize the need to provide accurate and time...

May 22, 2018

Last week at Hazards 28 in Edinburgh (Auld Reekie), the IChemE Safety Centre & Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center facilitated a workshop entitled 'Process Safety for the 21st Century and Beyond'.

Trish Kerin & Dr Sam Mannan led a call for action for better collabor...

April 10, 2018

Guest blog by David Hatch for CGE Risk

Every business has legal, economic, and ethical objectives that range from mandatory safety to commercial goals to corporate citizenship. Businesses undertake a certain amount of risk to achieve these objectives. In this blog, Davi...

March 26, 2018

I'm afraid to say that March 23rd passed by this year and this is the first time I didn't think of Texas City. It's now 13 years ago and since then we've had other devastating & dramatic incidents - I'm sure that every day must be an anniversary of some terrible proces...

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