The PSM Report
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We also publish a series
posts to do
with the design, operation and safety of process and energy facilities. Some
of the latest posts are shown below.
Currently we have a total of five blogs, each of which
provides information and guidance based on one of the books that
we have published or that we plan on publishing. The blogs
titles are shown below. Links to the pertinent blog are provided, along with
links to the page for that book at this web site.
Contractors in the Process Industries
We have prepared a three-part series of
video posts to do with contractors and their role in the process
The series is organized as follows:
discusses the role of contractors in the process
industries and shows how they are taking on an ever
increasing proportion of the work
and so are increasingly responsible for safety
narrative text for the video is available
The second post provides
some thoughts to do with the regulations and standards
to do with contractors and their management.
The final post describes
the interface between contract companies and the
operating company that hires them. The role of bridging
documents is discussed.
video post discusses
the important, yet frequently misunderstood, topic of
also known as Pre Startup
The video is organized into the
• What the Review Is Not
• Types of Review
• Restart Reviews
• Organizational Responsibility
• Elements of Process Safety Management
This is a post in our blog to do
Age of Limits. In the post we describe how the
Chinese authorities shut down most of the heavy industry
around Beijing before and during the International APEC
Conference being hosted in that city
in December 2014. The before and after
pictures are shown below.
We use this example to illustrate
the topic of
externalities — the costs that are created by many
human activities that are not charged directly to that
activity but that are dumped on human society as a
whole. The pollution generated by industry and cars is
just one example of an externality.
In order to resolved problems to do
systems thinking is required. It is suggested that
this is something that process safety professionals tend
to be good at.