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Black Swans in the Chemical Processing Industries

Originally delivered Mar 16, 2016
Source: AIChE
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    Archived Webinar
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    1 hour
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Catastrophic events continue to happen in the chemical processing industries. Learn how to protect yourself against “black swan” occurrences.

This webinar presents examples of black swan events while discussing the difficulties of predicting them. You’ll learn that once black swan events occur, after investigations and lessons learned are developed, they become white swans-events that become more predictable. You’ll also learn that as you do hazard identification and risk analysis; you can recognize similar potential scenarios in new plants and plant modifications. The webinar goes on to demonstrate through examples how black swans gradually become greyer as time passes if the lessons learned are not kept fresh and similar events occur. You’ll leave with ideas for keeping the white swan from turning grey with time along with an awareness of the role management plays. Also included are strategies for surviving the black swans that occur in our companies and our professional and personal lives. 

You’ll learn:

  • What is a black swan event—and how to recognize one
  • How to protect against a catastrophic occurrence
  • Lessons learned
  • Surviving black swan events in our companies and professional and personal lives

John Murphy

John has over 40 years of experience in chemical manufacturing and process safety with jobs in the chemical industry, consulting and government. He is currently an independent consultant and retired from the U. S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board where is was a lead investigator and the Dow  Chemical Company where he was a leader in process safety. 

Currently he provides process safety services as a independent consultant and serves as a staff consultant to the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS). As a staff consultant for CCPS he has managed many book...Read more

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