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to do with the design, operation and safety of process facilities. Some of the latest posts are shown below.
Jack of all Trades
All Trades we suggest that engineers and safety professionals
possess skills and education that will be very useful if times of
change. These include:
1. Systems thinking
2. Handling uncertainty
3. Physics, not Economics
4. Integrity of language
We Hope It Rains
discuss the topic of denial — why people choose not to respond to
looming crises. The post then suggests that engineers and safety
professionals are in a good position to organize and validate the facts
behind the discussions.
post uses the example of an oil refinery to
show how many professions make their income by offering a wide variety
of services to the relatively small number of people who actually make
the product in question (in this case, refined oil products). The post
then goes on to discuss the effect of ever-increasing complexity on
engineering and industrial safety.
Thinking the Unthinkable
The title of this
post is taken from a phrase I have often used when leading hazard analysis
studies such as HAZOPs. Often one of the leader’s biggest challenges is to get
the team members to accept that serious events can happen,
i.e., to get them to “think the unthinkable”.
Nine Pounds of Gold
By using the example of gold that is dissolved in the sea
post shows that, with regard to natural resources such as oil, what matters
is not the absolute quantity, but the
economic rate at which that resource
can be extracted from the ground.
The Newness of Safety
have started a new blog series entitled “Industrial Safety in an Age of Limits”.
The first post in this series —
The Newness of Safety — makes the following
1. In our industrial world safety is seen as a value. However this perception
developed only in the early 19th century as the Industrial Revolution was
gaining traction. Safety is not a goal that has always been sought after — it is
a cultural artifact.
2. Safety became economically viable at that time.
3. As we enter an Age of Limits there is a possibility that safety will cease to
hold the high priority that it does now. This is the challenge that industry
professionals need to ready for.
|Plant Design and Operations is an "8 a.m. on Monday morning" practical guide for those working in the process industries. It is scheduled for release in October 2014. |The book has 17 chapters and approximately 350 pages.
2. Maintenance and Inspection
3. Energy Control Procedures
4. Occupational Safety
6. Personal Protective Equipment
7. Health and Industrial Hygiene
8. Human Factors and Ergonomics
10. Safety in Design
11. Siting and Layout
13. Piping and Valves
14. Safety Instrumentation
17. Common Hazards
Further information is provided here (Table of Contents in pdf format)
Please visit the Elsevier page
for ordering information and to learn about the ebook and single chapter versions.
|The 2nd edition off Offshore Safety Management provides a comprehensive description of how safety can be managed in the offshore oil and gas industries. It also provides extensive detail on Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS), API's RP 75 Safety and Environmental Program (SEMP) and Safety Cases.|
The book has 9 chapters and 352 pages.
1. Risk Management
2. Major Offshore Events
3. Safety Offshore
4. Regulations and StandardsEngineering Standards
5. Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS)
7. Implementing SEMS
8. Safety Cases
9. Formal Safety Analysis
Further information is available here.
Please visit the Elsevier page for ordering information and to learn about ebook and single chapter versions.