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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...

About security...a word from a "recovering IT person."

Last week I posted on the SCADA list a response to an IT person who took exception to my statement that IT people who try to do security in process control systems can even be dangerous. In part, I said: You are dead wrong about one thing, though.

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...

Cybersecurity disclosures-- the game everybody can play

Joe Weiss posted an extremely thought-provoking blog entry this morning on Unfettered. He questions the hacker/cracker cultural meme of disclosing cybersecurity vulnerabilities for the sheer pleasure of doing it. I think Joe's on to something here. We have a serious problem in cybersecurity in control systems...we don't have en...

Scary Stuff

The following showed up in my email box yesterday courtesy of Industrial Defender. It may be a worst-case scenario kind of thing, and cynical me always wonders about who benefits when such scary stories are released on the public that little understands exactly what the implications of such a hacker...

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...

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,...

Talking to the Corner Office

This morning, I was supposed to give a speech at the RealtimeACS Cybersecurity Conference in Knoxville, Tenn. I couldn't make it, so I sent a video of the speech to Joe Weiss on a DVD. Katherine Bonfante, our Digital Managing Editor, has posted the speech at:  http://www.controlglobal.com/articles/2007/266.html For those of...