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Posted on August 26th, 2016 by Kenneth Bloch 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 April 21st, 2016 by Mike Schmidt in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence
No one should die at work. Yet people do. Even the safest job in the United States, librarian, has a work-related fatality rate of 0.3 fatalities per year per 100,000 librarians. Continue reading “Reducing Risk in the Chemical Process Industries” »
Posted on March 16th, 2016 by Mike Schmidt in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence
Two years ago, on January 9, 2014, Freedom Industries spilled almost 10,000 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol (MCHM) into the Elk River in West Virginia, Continue reading “Not Too Big to Jail: Freedom Industries Executives Sentenced for Environmental Crimes” »
Posted on February 26th, 2016 by Mike Schmidt in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence
“Some risks are plainly acceptable and others are plainly unacceptable.” (I.U.D. v. A.P.I., 448 U.S. 607, 655).
When Justice Stevens wrote that opinion for the majority in the 1980 OSHA Benzene case, he went on to add that odds of fatality of one in a billion could not be considered significant but that for odds Continue reading “Risk Tolerance: How Low Do You Go?” »