- Aghorn Operating Waterflood Station
The CSB reviewed the final report from the Aghorn Operating Waterflood Station incident that happened in October 2019 where an employee and the employee’s spouse were overcome with Hydrogen Sulfide fumes and both perished.
How does a massive fire and explosion at a fireworks market in Mexico City relate to PSM?
- Operability and HAZOPs
This week’s tip goes back to the old philosophy that knowledge is lost over time. Currently HAZOPs focus on only the […]
- Corrosion/Erosion-Changes in pipe after catalyst beds
When inspecting your piping in vessels do you emphasize size changes in elbows after catalyst beds? My experience has shown that […]
- Audits-routine or valuable?
When choosing your audit format, be it checklist or open audit, how do you approach this? Although you may use a […]
- How are you choosing Mechanical Integrity inspection points?
When defining mechanical integrity points are you picking these are the picking spots that correspond to the minimum changes or you […]
- Audits-don’t punish for failure
Have you consciously looked at the outcomes of your audits? If you reframe your outlook on audit findings not as a […]
- Lost in Technology
Do operators read your procedures? Take a look at them and notice how long they are. Are they too long and […]
- When do you use a PSSR?
- Include Contractors in reviews
Along with the element of employee participation, contractors must be included. These embedded workers are as critical as direct employees. In many […]
- How high is your MOC pile?
MOCs are difficult to manage and most sites allow them to pile up as priorities shift in maintenance and operations. Many […]
- Reviewing PSI and MOCs
PSI and MOCs are integral parts of changing and improving processes. Sometimes the MOC and PSI are reviewed with limited knowledgeable […]
- Articulating SIS with loss of plant air/volume bottles
One of the issues found at several plants is when having a system that uses plant air articulate a function, it […]
- When was the last time you checked your PSI legend sheet?
You know that first sheet in the pile of P&IDs that shows the legend for all your symbols? When was the […]
- Water, Water, Everywhere!
- Documents Don’t Like Water
- Specification Sheet Review
- Aging PHA Recommendations
- Upper Management needs to be involved
- Everything needs to match
- Competency vs Compliance Training
- Who is performing your incident investigations?
- How do you issue Hot Work Permits?
- How big is your Emergency Response Planning event?
- How might the PSM process be applied to other industries?
Shortly before Christmas, there was a massive fire and explosion at a fireworks market on the northern outskirts of Mexico City […]
- How does PSM play with mixing chemicals?
In October 2016, there was a chemical spill at a grain company in Atchison, KS where over 100 people were treated […]
- PSM in Space Exploration?
FALCON 9 FIRST STAGE LAND LANDING (ORBCOMM 2 MISSION) Courtesy of SpaceX.com On September 1, 2016 SpaceX attempted to launch a […]
- PSM in Paper Mills?
Ah, the smell of Kraft mills…it is amazing that one type of plant has given an entire industry a bad name […]
- Keep the CSB! Get OSHA and the EPA out of incident investigations.
The Chemical Safety Board (CSB) was established in 1998 to investigate industrial accidents, similar to the National Transportation Safety Board that […]
- Eliminate the CSB, and move the CSB incident investigations functions to OSHA and EPA.
In the spirit of the government eliminating waste and duplication, it is necessary to increase the efficiency of agencies. Having three […]
- What is covered under PSM and RMP?
There is a lot of talk about a process being “PSM Covered” however, how is that defined? There are two different […]
- What happened at the Arkema Plant in Crosby, TX?
As everyone in Houston has heard, the Arkema plant in Crosby has been in a bit of a bind since Hurricane […]
- What is Process Safety?
When asked, “What is Process Safety?” the quick answer is that Process Safety helps “keep it in the pipe.” However, it […]
- Leading and Lagging Indicators
Who doesn’t love data? Indicators are important in the Process Safety sphere, and are a great way of having a snapshot […]