May 15, 2019

Process Safety Management, Jenga, Drift, and Preventing Process Industry Accidents | Applied Engineering Solutions

Process Safety Management, Jenga, Drift, and Preventing Process Industry Accidents | Applied Engineering Solutions: Think of the 14 parts and subparts of the OSHA Process Safety Management regulation as a Jenga tower/game with 14 levels. How many people and plants truly believe they have all the pieces in place, or that they are all 100% effective?

May 11, 2019

Confusing Personal and Process Safety?

Confusing Personal and Process Safety?: Process manufacturers often see the LTI [lost time injury] and TRI [total recordable injury] reports and nothing is mentioned about process safety performance.

April 30, 2019

Control of Hazardous Energy by Lock-out and Tag-out

Control of Hazardous Energy by Lock-out and Tag-out: Why Lock-Out and Tag-Out?Lock-out and tag-out (LOTO) is a critical part of a strong all-around safety program. In LOTO, maintenance employees work with production employees to positively prevent all forms of hazardous energy from causing harm. Hazardous e

March 27, 2019

Using artificial intelligence to improve safety

Using artificial intelligence to improve safety: Robert Nuttal, principal engineer at Petronas talks about how the company uses innovative strategies to maximise storage safety and efficiency in the Middle East

March 5, 2019

My article published in CEP magazine of AIChE

My article "Risk Based Process Safety - What happens when organizations don’t follow risk-based process safety guidelines?" has been published in the March 2019 issue of Chemical Engineering Progress of American Institute of Chemical Engineers. I have written about 12 incidents that I have experienced and related them to the elements of CCPS Risk Based Process Safety guidelines.

This is my second article that has been published in CEP. The first "Moving Process Safety into the Boardroom" was published in September 2015.

February 15, 2019

Handling Hot Work Hazards @BiodieselMag

Handling Hot Work Hazards @BiodieselMag: The risks associated with performing hot work in a biodiesel facility are many. Fires and explosions caused by sparks from lit torches are, unfortunately, not uncommon. Each incident has its own string of causes and effects, but every loss caused by hot work is 100 percent preventable.

February 3, 2019

Ignition sources

The late Dr Trevor Kletz used to say "Ignition sources are free". We often tend to overlook all potential sources and focus on only the obvious sources. These include:
  • Cigarettes/matches etc
  • Cutting and welding
  • Hot surfaces
  • Dryers and furnaces
  • Sparks due to impact
  • Sparks from electrical equipment;
  • Vehicles 
  • Mobile phones
These are some additional sources of ignition you should consider: 
  • Space heaters
  • Spontaneous heating
  • Friction heating
  • Stray currents from electrical equipment
  • Static electricity
  • Lightning strikes
  • Electromagnetic radiation of different wavelengths

January 26, 2019

Preventing incidents: Effective process safety management

Preventing incidents: Effective process safety management: To prevent dangerous process incidents from occurring, facilities should employ effective communication, provide workers with appropriate training, and have strong and up-to-date policies and procedures in place.