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Fire and Grain: Prefire Plans for Grain Handling Facilities

“What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.”  – Charles Bukowski A firefighter’s instinct in a fire scenario is to extinguish it, to throw water on it, to do whatever it takes to bring the situation back to a safe state. Sending a firefighter to an industrial fire without knowledge of what is [...]

By |2017-08-24T13:06:04+00:00August 24th, 2017|Workplace Safety|0 Comments

OSHA “What’s New” – Public Opportunity to Comment on Collection of Information

On July 31st, the Department of Labor (DOL) submitted seven OSHA sponsored information collection requests (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval titled: "Rigging Equipment for Material Handling," "Hydrostatic Testing Provision of the Portable Fire Extinguishers Standard," "Requirements for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Training Institute Education Centers [...]

By |2017-08-11T15:44:21+00:00August 10th, 2017|Current Events|0 Comments

Protection Under Pressure: Understanding HIPPS

“Everybody handles pressure differently.”  Gerry Cooney High Integrity Pressure Protection Systems (HIPPS) are a type of Safety Instrumented System (SIS) used as an alternative to or in conjunction with pressure relief systems.  HIPPS were added to the Standards as an alternative to pressure relief valves in August of 1996 after many safety professionals realized that [...]

By |2017-08-03T15:10:00+00:00August 3rd, 2017|Process Safety, Safety Lifecycle|1 Comment

Safety Lifecycle: Process Safety Information

“Great design is a multi-layered relationship between human life and its environment.” Naoto Fukasawa Generally speaking, in order to grasp a concept that is multifaceted, I’ve found that it’s easier to start big and then work my way down into the nitty gritty details. In my last post, we were exposed to a general overview [...]

By |2017-07-24T16:31:34+00:00June 20th, 2017|Process Safety, Safety Lifecycle|2 Comments

Zero Bin Entry

“The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed.” – William Gibson I previously wrote about the two grain bin accidents in Nebraska. That blog discussed the deaths, the hazards involved in those deaths, and what should have been happening before grain bin entry that could have kept the two victims in the [...]

By |2017-07-24T16:32:30+00:00June 8th, 2017|Workplace Safety|0 Comments

Training – A Recommendation

“It is the sum of our contributions to safety management that determines whether the people we work with live or die.”  Sir Brian Appleton Okay, I’m not a mind reader, but I think I already know what some of you may be thinking “A training blog? Come on! I’ve seen this before. Don’t safety people [...]

By |2017-07-21T20:00:24+00:00May 30th, 2017|Training, Workplace Safety|0 Comments

Operating Procedures – We Need Them

Every part of an organization is dependent on documented procedures to mitigate risk and improve productivity and performance. – Deborah Kenny At Bluefield Process Safety, I have had a chance to work on Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for multiple organizations. I have worked with some organizations that either lack SOPs for some or most tasks, [...]

Is America First without the Chemical Safety Board?

“At the end of the day, the goals are simple: safety and security.”  Jodi Rell At Bluefield Process Safety, our mission is to make the world a safer place. One of the resources we utilize to help us achieve our mission is the recommendations and safety videos released by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB). [...]

By |2021-08-02T20:18:22+00:00March 28th, 2017|Process Safety Management|0 Comments

Pressure, How high is too high?

“Safety is not a gadget but a state of mind.”  Eleanor Everet Over-pressure scenarios can be defined as a situation resulting from the internal pressure within piping or vessels exceeding the maximum allowable working pressure (MAWP).  The term “over-pressure” can make those in the process industry cringe. This revulsion is born from associating the term [...]

By |2017-07-21T19:20:57+00:00March 7th, 2017|PHA, Process Safety Management|7 Comments

Safety Lifecycle: The Foundation

“Without a solid foundation, you’ll have trouble creating anything of value.”  Erika Oppenheimer Recently, I’ve been asked by quite a few clients to walk them through the steps of the safety lifecycle to ensure they aren’t missing anything in their safety program.  Trying to go through each step and explain its purpose over the phone, [...]

By |2017-07-24T16:38:30+00:00February 21st, 2017|Process Safety Management, Safety Lifecycle|0 Comments
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