Podcasts

Trish Kerin, director of IChemE Safety Centre, and Chemical Processing’s Traci Purdum discuss current process safety issues offering insight into mitigation options and next steps.

Educated workforce key to safety in China

Trish and Traci examine recent catastrophic events at chemical plants in China. Trish offers compelling insight into what might be causing so many accidents abroad.

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Do regulations make chemical processing plants safer?

Trish and Traci discuss process safety regulations. In the end, a safe workspace is a productive workspace and regulations are not meant to keep you down — they are meant to keep you safe. The key is making sure regulators are educated enough to help you reach your safety goals. 

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Is a hurricane Harvey hangover the reason for so many safety incidents in Texas?

Trish and Traci discuss the aftermath of a hurricane or extreme weather goes well beyond the event itself. Many issues arise that can cause problems months or even years later. How do you prepare for the current weather and mitigate against accidents in the future?

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Cyber security: It's not if you'll be hacked - it's when

Trish and Traci discuss cyber security.

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A corroded pipe and decades-old regulations

Guest Expert Greg Borgard joins Trish and Traci to discuss a news story from earlier this year regarding the fire and explosions and ultimate shuttering of the Philadelphia Energy Solutions oil refinery.  The official word from the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board is that a corroded pipe fitting, found to be half the thickness of a credit card at its thinnest point, led to that incident. The concern is that the pipe, which was installed when Richard Nixon was president — 1973 — went all this time without being properly checked.

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Are corporate manslaughter charges too much for safety incidents?

Trish and Traci discuss if plant management should face punishment for safety incidents.

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Is inherently safer design really safer?

Born out of Trevor Kletz's 1978 article entitled "What You Don't Have Can't Leak" inherently safer design focuses on design philosophy. Trish and Traci seek to answer if the concept really makes facilities safer.

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Operating during a pandemic and process safety documentation

Operating during a pandemic is challenging. If something goes wrong what are you going to do about it. Regarding process safety knowledge is power and make sure your documentation is thorough and current. 

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Leading through a crisis

Trish and Traci details tips and tactics to better lead during trying times — whether it’s a global pandemic or just a time of critical importance.

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What have we learned from significant safety incidents?

Trish and Traci point out that while it is easy to judge accidents after the fact, judgment does not help prevent tragedy. You need to really unpack why the decisions were made in order to avoid them.

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Take advantage of downtime to ramp up process safety

Trish and Traci uncovers best practices for presenting and attending safety training virtually.

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How the Chemical Industry is Adjusting to the New Norm

Trish and Traci talk about what needs to happen when bringing back your workforce.  How will they remain safe distances?  How will they handle PPEs? What could go wrong and how to manage and mitigate all the risks.

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Mistakes make good leaders

Trish talks to Traci about how she landed her role as Director of the IChemE Safety Centre.  Mishaps and safety incidents led to Trish's passion to ensure process safety standards were practiced all over the world.

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Transporting Dangerous Cargo via Train - What could go wrong?

Applying process safety principles like inherently safer design could prevent derailments, explosions and deaths.  Trish and Traci examine the recent uptick in crude oil derailments and what could be done to prevent them.

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Catastrophe at the hands of legacy design issues

In this podcast, Trish and Traci discuss lessons learned from the Mumbai High North Platform disaster of 2005. Ultimately, a range of different natural events can cause all sorts of issues at industrial facilities. The bottom line: You need to be prepared to deal with myriad scenarios via mitigation strategies and response. 

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Ensure your safety message is understood

In this episode, Trish and Traci speak with podcast guest Valerie Stakes, a bilingual safety trainer based in San Diego, California.  The trio conclude companies need to ensure that communications are understandable because process safety doesn't give you second chances.

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