Spotlight On Safety: The Beacon: A Free Tool that Saves Lives


If a free tool that improves process safety and saves lives were available, would you use it? The Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) has been providing such a tool for the past 15 years. The Process Safety Beacon is a one-page monthly message for manufacturing personnel that provides information about a process incident and lessons learned, as well as guidance on how to avoid a similar incident. It has focused on fires and explosions, toxic gas releases, interlock bypassing, hose hazards, abandoned equipment, hot work, labeling, pressure relief, house-keeping, confined-space entry, thermal stress and embrittlement, reactive chemistry, construction hazards, static discharge, nitrogen asphyxiation, and more. A ten-minute monthly commitment to reading the Beacon can significantly affect the operations and maintenance at your plant, improving safety and saving lives.

The Beacon is available in more than 25 languages, enabling readers to share its lessons with colleagues around the world. It can be used as a tool to frame discussions about process safety, and help you and your colleagues understand past hazards and identify similar issues at your plant. The 180 issues of the Beacon that have been released to...

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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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