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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

We’re Engineers, Not Wizards:  Why Didn’t the PHA Catch This?

Posted on December 19th, 2017 in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

“But how can they be charged with negligence because they were not wizards, appellant’s brief does not make clear.”  —Osmond K. Fraenkel, successfully arguing before the New York Supreme Court, 1935 Continue reading “We’re Engineers, Not Wizards:  Why Didn’t the PHA Catch This?” »

A New Hydrogen Disaster? The Leeds Experiment

Posted on November 23rd, 2017 in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

The Hindenburg disaster in Lakehurst, New Jersey, May 6, 1937-photo by Sam Shere

The Hindenburg disaster in Lakehurst, New Jersey, May 6, 1937-photo by Sam Shere

“The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.” – Harlan Ellison Continue reading “A New Hydrogen Disaster? The Leeds Experiment” »

China’s Risk Criteria

Posted on October 26th, 2017 in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

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“Who can hope to be safe? Who sufficiently cautious?”  Horace Continue reading “China’s Risk Criteria” »

Setting Limits: Boundaries of a PSM-Covered Process

Posted on October 3rd, 2017 in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

“The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.”  Albert Einstein

Everyone we have ever worked with is accepting if not downright enthusiastic about managing process safety. Continue reading “Setting Limits: Boundaries of a PSM-Covered Process” »

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