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Former Chemical Safety Board Chairwoman points finger at OSHA

The fingerpointing and blame assigning is already starting, even though we don't yet know what really caused the explosion, deaths and injuries at the Imperial Sugar Dixie Crystals plant near Savannah, Ga., Thursday night. Accordi...

Another Process Safety Failure?

The news media are full of reports of the disaster that occurred overnight at the Dixie Crystals plant, now owned by Imperial Sugar, in Savannah, Ga.

Ok, what's it going to take, friends?

Well, we've had another Sarbanes-Oxley event. This time, a plant called T2 Labs in Jacksonville, Fla. suffered an explosion which killed at least three persons and sent at least fourteen to area hospitals. See the report here: http://edition.cnn.com/2007/US/12/19/florida.explosion/index.html It is simply too early to determine the cause of the explosion...

Moron safety--pun intended

Last week, the UK HSE (Health and Safety Executive), the UK equivalent of OSHA, reported that in their opinion, more than half of the oil and gas industry's basic assets in the UK North Sea that have been inspected over the past 3 years are in poor condition, and companies...

Wait, and Uncle Sam will do it for you...

While many industrial sectors dither about protection of critical infrastructure, the Federal Government is busy setting forth standards for those sectors to meet. Currently these standards are voluntary, but insiders continue to say that if voluntary compliance is not forthcoming, the standard means of governmental coersion will be used to...

Another Chemical Plant Explosion...

This time, the bad news came for a plant described variously as a gunpowder plant and a nitrocellulose feedstock manufacturer for the paint and coatings industries. The former ICI chemical plant in Ardeer Stevenston in...

OK, I can't stand it...this ticks me off!

I'm on vacation, but I'm not dead... This was in The Scotsman today. The explosion that destroyed the ICL plastics plant in Glasgow Scotland on 11 May 2004 was caused by an LPG line that leaked into a basement that was being used as a storage locker by a contractor,...

What's this? A bogus security survey?

Jake Brodsky noticed this on the Industrial Defender website:

Lessons from Texas City

Safety requires passionate and effective leadership, says MIT professor Nancy Leveson, a member of the Baker Commission that investigated the accident at BP Texas City. Managing and Controlling Safety needs clear definition of expectation, and we have to continue to adapt to changing conditions.

Guidelines for Safe and Reliable Instrumented Protective Systems

Angela Summers, recent inductee into the Process Automation Hall of Fame, sent me a copy of her new book  Guidelines for Safe and Reliable Instrumented Protective Systems, which you can buy on Amazon.com.