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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...

May 5, 2017

If you're attending Hazards27, you perhaps won't be surprised to see/hear the term "barrier" becoming more prevalent than in previous years. Over time, these have been called safeguards, controls or protection measures - regardless of their name, they are an integral p...

August 25, 2016

My recent post on Andrew Hopkins "Failure to Learn" prompted so much enthusiastic interest that I dug deeper into the cupboard and found Trevor Kletz's classic (and genuinely timeless) book "What Went Wrong" which covers the following (all too familiar) topics:


Part A...

April 8, 2016

The Swiss Cheese model (James Reason, 1990) has served us well for over 25 years - but now there's a new kid on the block.

The slices of cheese represent protection measures intended to stop or slow the escalation of a Hazard to the point where it results in Harm (or ot...

February 10, 2016

The UK Government announced a task force dedicated to tackling fraud and particularly want to encourage reporting of incidents so that intelligence can be shared and preventive measures taken to tackle this growing problem.

Many victims are too ashamed to come forward,...

February 3, 2016

A recent post about "HAZOP in hard times" has coincided with my discovery of the sunburst chart in Excel 2016 (I think these used to be called Opal Fruits) as a means to visualise potential causes for Loss of Containment.


Apart from the idea of a 'bikini' HAZOP (only c...

August 7, 2015

You may be familiar with the "personality identification playing cards" which were issued to front-line personnel to identify potential threats, so maybe we need to use a similar approach to re-boot an awareness of potential threats on our Process plants to ensure our...

June 10, 2015

Interesting Safety Leadership article (Getting the Board on board - Pentagon Chemicals) in the June 2015 edition of the IChemE TCE magazine which quotes the Energy Institute definition of Process Safety.

Process safety is a blend of engineering and management skills foc...

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