September 25, 2017

Enforcement of rules in PSM

The human fears only when rules are enforced. In Singapore, I saw this sign on a pedestrian foot overbridge. Though I have used this overbridge more than 20 times, I never saw anyone breaking the law. Please observe that the sign says that the fine is 1000 Singapore dollars.

What does this have to do with process safety management? Many companies do have a carrot and stick policy towards PSM but I have also noticed that the stick is not used properly and effectively many times. Unless employees (from the top to the bottom) observe discipline in manufacturing, accidents in process industries will continue to occur!

Dangerous dead legs

An incident of a hydrocarbon leak in a plant occurred due to a dead leg. An oil leak was traced to a small hole at the lower end of a pipework elbow. The line was not in use and had the stagnant liquid created a deadleg which caused the corrosion. The CSB video "Fire from ice" depicts the hazards of dead legs. Are you looking at dead legs?

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September 24, 2017

My new website

Dear Readers,
Prism consultants has a new website detailing the process safety services provided. Please visit it at My blog postings will continue in the blog.
Thank you!

September 16, 2017

Safety and security: a joint endeavour

Safety and security: a joint endeavour: There is a need to understand the interaction between safety and security in production processes, says span style='font-style: italic;'Dr Alexander Horch/span.

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September 13, 2017

CSB's back to school safety message

CSB recently published a safety message video addressing accidents in school laboratories and dangers of chemicals. Please see the message in this video.
Please share this with the school/college your child studies in.
It would be nice, if organizations, as part of responsible care inititative propogates this message to schools.

September 9, 2017