As chemical engineers and leaders in the chemical process industries, we must ensure that process safety is integral to every aspect of what we and our companies do.
Several infamous process safety incidents have occurred during my career in the petroleum and petrochemical industries: Bhopal, India, chemical plant, Dec. 3, 1984 — Nearly 3,000 people died from a toxic release in the first few days alone, with many children and elderly killed in a matter of minutes. Tens of thousands more were treated for exposure and inhalation.
Michael J. Dolan is senior vice president of Exxon Mobil Corporation in Irving, Texas. Mr. Dolan joined Mobil Oil Corporation in 1980 at the Paulsboro, New Jersey, research laboratory.
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