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Mike Schmidt

Mike Schmidt

Principal, Bluefield Process Safety, LLC

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Mike Schmidt and the team he works with at Bluefield Process Safety provide safety lifecycle consulting to the chemical process industries, both by working with industrial and academic clients, and by training others to do this work.  With a career in the CPI that began in 1977 with Union Carbide, Mike was profoundly impacted by the 1984 tragedy in Bhopal and has been working on process safety ever since.  Mike founded Bluefield Process Safety in 2008 because there are simply not enough resources available to help with process safety.  Since 2009, he has also been on the faculty at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri, where he teaches graduate courses on safety engineering and process risk management, training almost a hundred engineering students every year.

Mike frequently publishes and presents article and papers on process safety, particularly in the areas of Layer of Protections Analysis, Risk Tolerance Criteria, and Safety Instrumented System design.  Most recently, he coauthored “Auditing IPLs – Using Safety Critical Functions Manuals,” which was published in Process Safety Progress.


Posts by Mike Schmidt

Master the Box

Posted on April 21st, 2017 in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

“Constraints inspire creativity.”  Christopher Isaac “Biz” Stone, co-founder of Twitter. I recently asked a young engineer if he knew from where the phrase, “Think Outside the Box,” came. “Taco Bell?” he replied tentatively. Continue reading “Master the Box” »

You Can’t Make Me: Mandatory Safety and the Peltzman Effect

Posted on March 8th, 2017 in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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“If the government wanted people to drive safely, they’d mandate a spike in the middle of each steering wheel.”  Gordon Tullock Continue reading “You Can’t Make Me: Mandatory Safety and the Peltzman Effect” »

Three Phases of Safety: The Safety Life Cycle in the Lab

Posted on January 26th, 2017 in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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“A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood.”  George S. Patton, Jr.

 

The quote I intended to open with was “A good plan, well executed, is better than a perfect plan, poorly executed,” but when I checked, that’s not what General Patton said.  What he said was “A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week.”  Continue reading “Three Phases of Safety: The Safety Life Cycle in the Lab” »

Learning from Experience: Near Misses

Posted on January 10th, 2017 in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

“Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.” Vernon Law

My community was just hit with the first winter storm of the season. Freezing rain coated everything, including the roads, which made driving treacherous.  Continue reading “Learning from Experience: Near Misses” »

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