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Kenneth (Ken) Bloch is a Process Safety Supervisor with over 30 years of direct experience in the downstream Oil and Gas Industry. His former responsibilities include serving a variety of maintenance, reliability, process safety, technical, and operations roles in two of North America’s largest full-conversion refineries. Ken is the author of Rethinking Bhopal (ISBN: 978-0128037782), the first and only independent and definitive analysis of history’s worst industrial disaster written by a modern industrial failure investigation authority. Ken speaks regularly at AFPM, API, and AIChE process safety symposia to relate experiences that promote hazard awareness and incident prevention throughout the global manufacturing industry. He graduated with honors from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, with an Environmental Science Degree in 1988.
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Posted on November 27th, 2017 in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence
Many good reputations have forever been tarnished by a single incident, and companies that have established a relationship built on trust suddenly lose their neighbors’ confidence and support. All too often, a history of satisfactory Process Safety Management (PSM) performance camouflages an impending disaster Continue reading “Are You Building an Incident-Proof Reputation?” »
Posted on October 20th, 2017 in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence
The DuPont family brought gunpowder manufacturing to the United States in 1802. DuPont later became one of history’s most prolific chemical manufacturing companies. Continue reading “Not in My House” »
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” »