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About the author:
Kenneth Bloch is a senior HES professional who specializes in petrochemical industry incident investigation and failure analysis. His experience includes 30 years of downstream service in maintenance, PSM, technical, and operations roles. He speaks regularly at AFPM, API, and AIChE process safety symposiums about experiences that help prevent recurring process safety failures throughout the manufacturing industry. Mr. Bloch graduated with honors from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, with an Environmental Science Degree in 1988.
Posts by Kenneth Bloch
Posted on September 16th, 2016 in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence
A definitive analysis of history’s worst industrial disaster provides important insight into the disparity between process safety and saving money. Ask the average person what caused the Bhopal disaster and he or she will likely tell you that it all came down to economics. Continue reading “Can You Save Money Safely?” »
Posted on August 26th, 2016 in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence
Transparency defines the value generated by lessons learned from an oil & gas or chemical processing industry incident. Moreover, transparency encompasses not only the incident itself, but perhaps more importantly our response to it. Continue reading “Demystifying Disasters” »
Posted on July 1st, 2016 in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence
The U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) developed the process safety management (PSM) standard to prevent disastrous process release incidents in the manufacturing industry. Continue reading “Changes Are Coming to Process Safety Management Standards” »
Posted on May 20th, 2016 in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence
Those of us who are sensitive to developments in the chemical and downstream oil & gas processing industries are well-aware that serious changes are underway. Continue reading “Prepare Yourself for PSM Modernization” »