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Principal, Bluefield Process Safety, LLC
About the author:
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
Posted on October 10th, 2016 in Chemical R&D
“Once trained, the hazard often becomes a routine part of their experimentation and researchers perceive themselves to be experts in handling the hazard. Perceived familiarity can shift the awareness level from cautiousness to complacency.” University of California Center for Laboratory Safety, June 29, 2016 Continue reading “Lab Safety” »
Posted on September 20th, 2016 in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence
“You must not discharge or in any manner discriminate against any employee for reporting a work-related injury or illness.” –29 CFR 1904.35(b)(1)(iv) Continue reading “Party On!” »
Posted on September 9th, 2016 in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence
“OSHA requirements are set by statute, standards and regulations. Our interpretation letters explain these requirements and how they apply to particular circumstances, but they cannot create additional employer obligations.” –Statement on every OSHA letter of interpretation. Continue reading “OSHA’s New 1% Test for PSM” »
Posted on June 21st, 2016 in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence
“This tragic accident should not have happened.” Vanessa Allen Sutherland, Chairperson, United States Chemical Safety Board, 29-Jan-2016 Continue reading “Arson at West Fertilizer: Does this change anything?” »