Machinery Safety 101

How Risk Assessment Fails — Again. This time at DuPont.

Casualty Evacuated by EMS
This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series Risk Assess­ment

A recent report released by the US Chem­ic­al Safety Board (CSB) looks at a series of acci­dents that occurred over a 33-hour peri­od on Janu­ary 22 and 23, 2010 at the DuPont Corporation’s…

What did TEPCO know about Fukushima before 11-Mar-11?

Fukushima Dai Ichi Nuclear plant before the meltdown
This entry is part 5 of 9 in the series Risk Assess­ment

I recently had a col­league point out an inter­est­ing paper pub­lished in the “Bul­let­in of the Atom­ic Sci­ent­ists” about the level of know­ledge that exis­ted between the start of con­struc­tion of… 

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Hockey Teams and Risk Reduction or What Makes Roberto Luongo = PPE

Canucks Hockey Flag
This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Hier­archy of Controls

Spe­cial Co-Author, Tom Doyle Last week we saw the Boston Bru­ins earn the Stan­ley Cup. I was root­ing for the green, blue and white, and the ruin of my voice on… 

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The purpose of risk assessment

This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series Risk Assess­ment

I’m often asked what seems like a pretty simple ques­tion: “Why do we need to do a risk assess­ment?” There are a lot of good reas­ons to do risk assess­ments, but ulti­mately, the… 

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Reflections on Fukushima

Earthquake and Tsunami damage - Fukushima Dai Ichi Power Plant

The Les­sons from Fukushi­ma It’s now almost three months since the earth­quake and tsunami hit Japan’s north­east coast on 11-March. Recently, IEEE Spec­trum’s Eliza Strick­land inter­viewed Tsun­eo Futami, Super­in­tend­ent of… 

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The Problem with Probability

This entry is part 4 of 9 in the series Risk Assess­ment

Risk Factors When risk is ana­lyzed, at least in the indus­tri­al sec­tor, we usu­ally fol­low a pro­cess defined in ISO 12100. This approach defines two broad para­met­ers, sever­ity and prob­ab­il­ity, and then… 

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Worse than Worst?

  The increase to the incid­ent level at the Fukushi­ma Dai Ichi nuc­le­ar plant today by the Japan­ese Nuc­le­ar Reg­u­lat­ory Author­ity has brought the con­tinu­ing dis­aster at the crippled plant… 

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How Risk Assessment Fails

Fukushima Dai Ichi Nuclear plant before the meltdown
This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series Risk Assess­ment

The events unfold­ing at Japan’s Fukushi­ma Dai Ichi Nuc­le­ar Power plant are a case study in ways that the risk assess­ment pro­cess can fail or be abused. In an art­icle published… 

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CSA Z1002 Public Review – Last Day!

Last Chance! Today is Thursday, 17-Mar-2011, mark­ing 60 days into the pub­lic review peri­od for CSA Z1002 — Occu­pa­tion­al Health and Safety Haz­ard Iden­ti­fic­a­tion and Elim­in­a­tion and Risk Assess­ment and Con­trol. If you… 

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CSA Z1002 Public Review – 5 Days to Go!

Today is Sunday, 13-Mar-2011, mark­ing 55 days into the pub­lic review peri­od for CSA Z1002 — Occu­pa­tion­al Health and Safety Haz­ard Iden­ti­fic­a­tion and Elim­in­a­tion and Risk Assess­ment and Con­trol. If you down­loaded the… 

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