October 19, 2017

Flexitallic unveils new offshore corrosion sealing innovation

Flexitallic unveils new offshore corrosion sealing innovation: Flexitallic, the global leader in static sealing solutions, has unveiled its latest technology innovation, Corriculite, for use in corrosion sensitive applications, including those prevalent in the offshore industry.


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October 18, 2017

October 17, 2017

Process Safety Managemement - Gaps Survey results

My thanks to the 24 people who participated in the Process Safety Management Gaps Survey. The results are listed from top ranking concern to the least ranking. 
What is the greatest barrier to your PSM program?
1.     Top management commitment
2.     Production pressure                  
3.     Employee attrition rate            
4.     Lack of time for PSM                
5.     PSM is not a line management function
6.     Others                                       
a)     Conflict between Production vs Safety
b)    Conflict between Profits vs Cost of compliance to PSM system
c)     PSM Competency

What is your greatest barrier to Management of Change?

1.     Carrying out changes without taking it through MOC
2.     Lack of updated process safety information
3.     Too cumbersome a system - takes time to fill up and complete
4.     Boss not committed to MOC but to production
5.     Others:
a)     Too much in one umbrella - forgetting MOC is mainly to address HSEF consequences
b)    MOC is avoided when there is a conflict of interest. If I am comfortable I will do .

Oil rig explosion

An oil rig explosion has occured in the US. See the video of the incident in this link
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/oil-rig-explodes-louisiana-lake-injuries-reported-50500411

October 11, 2017

How did lightning proof tank catch fire?

http://www.mid-day.com/articles/butcher-island-fire-how-did-lightning-proof-tank-get-struck-from-the-heavens/18642186

Lightning Protection for Storage Tanks - EUCI June 2012

Process Safety Management System Gaps survey -FINAL REMINDER

Dear Readers,
Many of you have an existing PSM system or are in an advanced stage of implementation. I am conducting a survey on Gaps you notice in your PSM system. The anonymous survey has 2 questions and will take 2 minutes and is available in this link
I request you to please take the survey. The survey closes on October 15th, 2017
Results will be posted in blog. Thank you for your cooperation.
For people who have already responded, thanks!

October 6, 2017

Process safety management gaps Survey- REMINDER

Dear Readers,
Many of you have an existing PSM system or are in an advanced stage of implementation. I am conducting a survey on Gaps you notice in your PSM system. The anonymous survey has 2 questions and will take 2 minutes and is available in this link
I request you to please take the survey. The survey closes on October 15th, 2017
Results will be posted in blog. Thank you for your cooperation.
For people who have already responded, thanks!

Explosion at Coal gasification area in a plant

http://wjhl.com/2017/10/04/breaking-emergency-crews-respond-to-report-of-explosion-at-eastman/

There are great lessons to be learnt from the video of the explosion as well as the press conference that follows

October 2, 2017

Process Safety Management Gaps Survey

Dear Readers,
Many of you have an existing PSM system or are in an advanced stage of implementation. I am conducting a survey on Gaps you notice in your PSM system. The anonymous survey has 2 questions and will take 2 minutes and is available in this link
I request you to please take the survey. The survey closes on October 15th, 2017
Results will be posted in blog. Thank you for your cooperation.

October 1, 2017

Polythene cover on manway possibly causes fire

After the days jobs of partially unloading catalyst from a reactor was completed, contractors observed the weather was cloudy and covered the manhole opening with a polythene cover. Some time later a flash fire occurred inside the reactor, possibly due to residual vapours from remaining catalyst ignited by the static electricity generation from the polythene cover.


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