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About the author:
Kenneth Bloch is a Process Safety Supervisor with over 30 years of downstream experience in the Oil and Gas Industry. His professional service includes positions in maintenance, reliability, process safety, technical, and operations roles. Ken is the author of Rethinking Bhopal (ISBN 978-0128037782), the first and only independent, comprehensive analysis of history’s worst industrial disaster to offer trustworthy conclusions based on modern sources. Ken specializes in industrial incident investigation and failure analysis, and speaks regularly at AFPM, API, and AIChE process safety symposia to 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.
Posts by Kenneth Bloch
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.
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” »