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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

Recognizing Hazards: PHAs

Posted on January 20th, 2016 in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

“The first step in solving a problem is to recognize that it exists.” – Zig Ziglar, American motivational speaker

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Finding What You’re Looking For: Safety Investigations

Posted on December 11th, 2015 in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

On December 1, 2015 investigators studying the crash of an AirAsia flight the previous December released their report, in which they concluded that the crash stemmed from an upset caused by pilot error.  This, despite the fact that a control system had malfunctioned because of a cracked solder joint and that records showed the system had malfunctioned 23 times in the year before the crash.  Continue reading “Finding What You’re Looking For: Safety Investigations” »

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