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PSM Auditor: Coach, Umpire, or Police

Posted on July 11th, 2017 by in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

“Umpires don’t make the rules.  They apply them…They make sure everybody plays by the rules.  But it is a limited role.  Nobody ever went to a ballgame to see the umpire”  Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts

When we are approached to conduct a PSM audit, the conversation usually begins with a query about whether we can do a third party audit. Continue reading “PSM Auditor: Coach, Umpire, or Police” »

Designing With Constraints In Mind

Posted on January 20th, 2017 by in New Materials & Applications

When taking on any new project, a smart first step is to clearly define what you’re trying to achieve. What does success look like? What does failure look like? Where are the lines that you cannot or will not cross? What are your boundary conditions? Continue reading “Designing With Constraints In Mind” »

What Motivates Us

Posted on September 19th, 2016 by in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

Motivation plays a huge part in determining how well someone will perform. Whether it’s an athlete, a musician or an innovator, their motivation will directly affect how well they do their job. Continue reading “What Motivates Us” »

Can You Save Money Safely?

Posted on September 16th, 2016 by in Chemical Manufacturing Excellence

A definitive analysis of history’s worst industrial disaster provides important insight into the disparity between process safety and saving money. Ask the average person what caused the Bhopal disaster and he or she will likely tell you that it all came down to economics. Continue reading “Can You Save Money Safely?” »