Process safety has come a long way since the Bhopal tragedy in 1984. However, accidents in the chemical process industries continue to occur. Post-mortem analysis has indicated that many were preventable and had similar systemic causes. This begs the question: Why do we fail to learn from past events and make adequate changes to prevent their recurrence? In the January AIChE Journal Perspective article, “A System-Theoretic, Control-Inspired View and Approach to Process Safety,” Nancy G. Leveson and George Stephanopoulos of MIT offer their take on this question.
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