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  1. CEP: Process Safety Beacon - What is Your Role in Hazard Identification and Risk Analysis?

    CEP Magazine article, September 2014

    Hazard identification and risk analysis (HIRA) includes all activities involved in identifying hazards in your process, understanding potential incident scenarios, identifying safeguards, and evaluating risk to people, the environment, property, and business.

  2. CEP: Spotlight on Safety - Be Prepared, Be Safe, and Have Fun

    CEP Magazine article, August 2014

    One of my favorite warm weather activities is kayaking. The river provides a respite away from crowds and electronic distractions. Daily stressors are erased by the warm sun, a light breeze, and the sound of water lapping at my boat. A recent weekend with great weather afforded the perfect opportunity to go out on the river with my husband. Earlier that week, severe storms blew through the area with significant rainfall and flash flooding. This increased the volume of water in the river, so conditions would be perfect for a fast and exciting ride. It also called for a more-mindful approach to safety hazards, like swift currents and debris in the water.

  3. CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Ignition Sources

    CEP Magazine article, August 2014

    The best way to prevent fires and flammable vapor explosions, either inside or outside process piping and equipment, is to avoid creating a flammable mixture. However, we must also recognize that our equipment and operating procedures can fail and a flammable atmosphere can result from a failure...

  4. CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Persistence – Good or Bad?

    CEP Magazine article, July 2014

    Some process safety incidents have occurred because operating personnel failed to recognize that a process was not responding as expected. They attempted to keep a process in operation by deviating from standard procedures, or put themselves in danger by attempting to correct an out-of-control process condition rather than evacuating.

  5. The Illusion of Attention: Are There “Gorillas” in Your Plant?

    CEP Magazine article, July 2014

    Focusing too much of our attention in a particular area can cause us to miss the obvious. Simply being aware of the phenomenon of inattentional blindness is an important first step toward reducing its effects.

  6. CEP: Spotlight on Safety - Normalization of Deviation — Identify It, Correct It, Prevent It

    CEP Magazine article, May 2014

    Whether we are talking about occupational safety or process safety, normalizing a deviation can result in unsafe practices, conditions, and operations. Getting comfortable with and accepting these deviations can cause a shift in our perception of what is safe. Why does this matter? Moving the target for safe operating limits and tolerating the higher risk s associated with doing so can ultimately lead to a catastrophic incident.

  7. CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Major Spills and Environmental Incidents

    CEP Magazine article, May 2014

    We may think of process safety incidents as fires, explosions, and immediate injuries from exposure to toxic, corrosive, or otherwise hazardous materials. However, major spills of hazardous materials, especially into rivers or other bodies of water, are also process safety incidents. They have the potential to impact large numbers of people, including people far away from your plant.

  8. CEP: Process Safety Beacon - How Do You Measure Process Safety Performance?

    CEP Magazine article, April 2014

    The March 2014 Beacon discussed the relationship between process safety and occupational safety, as well as the importance of both in ensuring a safe workplace. For many years, industry has used established measures of occupational safety performance, such as occupational injury and illness (OII)...

  9. Maintain Accurate Process Safety Information

    CEP Magazine article, April 2014

    Accurate process safety information is the cornerstone of effective process safety management. Follow this three-phase approach to create and maintain an effective PSI program.

  10. CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Don’t Forget About Occupational Safety

    CEP Magazine article, March 2014

    While the Beacon focuses on process-related incidents, never forget that occupational safety is also important. For a safe workplace, we must have effective programs for both process and occupational safety.