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Semper Vigilo

March 6, 2017

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the loss of 193 souls on the MS Herald of Free Enterprise.

IChemE and BP recognized this maritime incident as a learning opportunity when they added it to their portfolio of Process Safety animations.

This valuable library should encourage and assist duty & stake holders to reflect on their own facilities & activities and to consider what other accidents, incidents & dangerous occurrences have happened inside & outside their industry to avoid making the same mistakes.

For example, the following (all too familiar themes) are highlighted by this tragedy:

  • Reliance on Procedures

  • Design of alarm systems

  • Management of change (Organisational and creeping changes)

  • Major accident potential

  • Layers Of Protection concept

  • Hazard Identification

Do not be complacent - just because your industry hasn't suffered, doesn't mean it won't.
I was going to sign this off by saying "Lest We Forgot" but you can't forget what you didn't know but ignorance is no excuse - the evidence is out there.



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