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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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)...

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. CEP: Spotlight on Safety - Discover Your Personal Process Safety Culture

    CEP Magazine article, February 2014

    Culture can be defined as a collective group of shared beliefs and values that shape how we act. We think of culture as it relates to the actions and reactions of a group, company, or society. However, it can also characterize an individual — what influences how you make day-to-day decisions or handle various situations. Personal process safety culture can be assessed by observing someone’s (yours or another person’s) response to situations involving a safety violation.

  9. CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Are We Reliving Past Incidents?

    CEP Magazine article, February 2014

    The short answer to this questions is YES. In 1993, Trevor Kletz, who passed away on Oct. 31, 2013, at the age of 91, wrote a book titled Lessons from Disaster: How Organizations Have No Memory and Accidents Recur. Twenty years later, we still fail to learn from accidents, and we repeat them.

  10. Take the FUN Out of Process Safety

    CEP Magazine article, February 2014

    Process safety can be approached in many different ways. This article provides an unconventional way of looking at process safety that ties together wide-ranging ideas from seemingly disparate fields.