September 30, 2015

Two dead in mishap at Birla copper plant in Gujarat | Business Standard News

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Two dead in mishap at Birla copper plant in Gujarat | Business Standard News

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2 killed in accident at Birla Copper unit in Dahej | Business Line

 Thanks to Mr M.S.Srinivasan for sending this

2 killed in accident at Birla Copper unit in Dahej | Business Line


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The Volkswagen emission issue and risk management

I had posted this question to a group in Linkedin: "The ongoing Volkswagen emission issue raises a bigger issue of corporate risk management. From a reading of its annual report, the company did have in place all risk management controls, yet the issue took place. While only a deeper investigation will reveal the details, what is your take on improving risk management? We in the chemical Industry deal with process safety risks among other things and the incident does raise an alarm bell about corporate risk management and its effectiveness". 

Nigel Cann (Process Safety and Dangerous Goods Risk Specialist, Australia) responded with this very good reply:
"Karthikeyan - this is a good topic for this group. I wonder how many people in the PSM field have seen this incident playing out in the news and thought it doesn't apply to them. High profile cases like this need to be taken as the warning for the rest of us that they are. So like every incident that makes the headline, have you (and everyone else) thought about how things could go wrong in the plants and processes that I am responsible for.

Some thought provoking questions for people:

* Where have we met the letter of the law, rather than addressing the spirit of it?

* Have we had a problem that was causing issues at high level that seemed to magically disappear? Do we understand why?

* Do we have people checking the checkers?

And one that I had a concern for when a GM at an operating plant:
* Are the regulators technically competent to give me a critical assessment of my PSM system? (or in some cases...)

* Do they even turn up to review our operation?"

 
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The Chemical Engineer | News | Employee killed at Nufarm site in Austria

Thanks to Mr M.K.Rao for sending this link:
The Chemical Engineer | News | Employee killed at Nufarm site in Austria


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September 28, 2015

Corrosion at pipe supports - causes and failures

 Read this good article Corrosion at pipe supports - causes and failures

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September 27, 2015

Hydrogen explosion incident due to a change

A company, which produces metal catalysts had made a modification to one of its reactors.
An explosion occurred on the first day of production following the modification and blew the lid through the roof of the factory.


Read about the incident in this link


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September 16, 2015

Severe acid burns to foot as drain collapses

This safety alert highlights the importance of integrity of drain covers:
 Severe acid burns to foot as drain collapses


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September 13, 2015

September 7, 2015

Fatality during pneumatic test

Read an OSHA accident report of a fatality during pneumatic test in this link. 

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September 6, 2015

The evolution of aviation safety

The evolution of aviation safety
Interesting take on statistics and safety!


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September 2, 2015

MOVING PROCESS SAFETY INTO THE BOARD ROOM - ARTICLE IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING PROGRESS

To all my readers,
My article "Moving process safety into the board room" has been published in the September 2015 issue of Chemical Engineering Progress of American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

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