CEP: Spotlight On Safety - Speaking Up for Safety: Hazard Awareness and Operational Discipline


On a cold February day in 1996, I was on a flight from Washington DC. Due to a horrific snowstorm, the flight landed 30 minutes late and passengers scrambled to make their connections. I turned to the pregnant passenger next to me to see if she needed assistance. The last thing I saw was her wide eyes and her wide-open mouth. When I came to, I had excruciating pain in my neck, arms, and back; my head was throbbing, my eyes were tearing, and my mouth was watering. I thought, “What just happened?”

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Louisa Nara

Louisa Nara is the Technical Director of the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Louisa comes to AIChE/CCPS after 15 years with Bayer where she held positions of increasing responsibility including: Manager Process Safety and Crisis Management; Director of HSE, Security and Emergency Response at Bayer’s largest US Manufacturing site; and, Director, Risk Management and Compliance, NAFTA. Prior to joining Bayer, Louisa also gained significant experience in process safety, engineering, and HSE with Diamond Shamrock, PQ...Read more

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