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Process Safety with Trish & Traci

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Sharing insight from recent process-safety incidents to avoid accidents at chemical processing plants.

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10 Rules To Succeed at Process Safety Management

April 16, 2024 05:00 - 9 minutes - 8.46 MB

This In Case You Missed It episode of Process Safety with Trish & Traci brings the written word to life. Today, I will be reading an excerpt from a column written a few years ago by John Bresland, president of Process Safety Risk Assessment LLC and former chair of the United States Chemical Safety Board. The column  “10 Rules To Succeed at Process Safety Management." Written by: John Bresland Read by: Traci Purdum URL:

Process Safety: Embrace Challenges, Recognize Limits, Manage Risks

April 02, 2024 05:00 - 6 minutes - 5.66 MB

It's crucial to operate within our professional boundaries and effectively mitigate risks when operating beyond them. In this In Case You Missed It episode, Trish Kerin, director of the IChemE Safety Centre, reads her most recent column: Embrace Challenges, Recognize Limits, Manage Risks

Tipisodes: 7 Steps To Better Cybersecurity

March 19, 2024 05:00 - 7 minutes - 7.22 MB

In this episode, we offer 7 steps for better cybersecurity. If you are a process control engineer, an IT professional in a company with an automation division, or a business manager responsible for safety or security, you may be wondering how your organization can get moving on more robust cybersecurity practices. View the transcript for links to all the materials mentioned in this podcast.

Lessons Learned from Boeing’s 737 MAX Crisis

March 05, 2024 05:00 - 22 minutes - 22.3 MB

Boeing was known for its engineering excellence until a focus on profitability took over. Properly documenting management of change and recognizing weak signals could have prevented tragedy. In this episode of Process Safety with Trish & Traci, we discuss the aviation industry's Boeing 737 MAX crisis and how it revealed critical management failures, emphasizing the importance of rigorous management of change, prioritizing safety over profitability and identifying weak signals. The mishaps s...

Use HAZOPs Properly

February 27, 2024 05:00 - 6 minutes - 5.73 MB

A hazard and operability study (HAZOP) mostly is a safety design check, not a design development review. Making and finalizing major design choices should occur long before a HAZOP. In this In Case You Missed It Episode, Traci Purdum reads a column from Plant InSites columnist Andrew Sloley.   Written By: Andrew Sloley Read By: Traci Purdum  Read Article:

Master Inherently Safer Design Principles

February 13, 2024 05:00 - 20 minutes - 8.63 MB

In today's episode, Trish and Traci discuss inherently safer design principles, emphasizing proactive safety measures. Trish shares examples, such as separating hazardous substances from work areas and minimizing potential risks through thoughtful design choices. They highlight challenges like maintaining design integrity throughout project phases and stress the importance of documenting safety rationale for future reference. The discussion extends to the intersection of inherently safer des...

Differences Between Experiences and Learning in Process Safety

January 30, 2024 05:00 - 5 minutes - 7.53 MB

Daily experiences vary, but key events hold lessons. Reflection is vital for learning and shaping success.   Written By: Trish Kerin Read By: Trish Kerin  Read Article HERE

Accident Anniversaries: Honoring Lives and Learning Lessons

January 16, 2024 05:00 - 19 minutes - 20 MB

In their podcast, Trish and Traci discuss the importance of commemorating anniversaries of incidents, emphasizing the need to learn from the past. Trish highlights two reasons for reflection: learning from past events to prevent recurrence and honoring those who lost their lives. They delve into various historical incidents, such as the IChemE Safety Centre's 10th anniversary, the LNG explosion in Algeria, the Boston molasses spill, the flour dust explosion in Germany, the Valdez oil spill, ...

How Reducing Emergency Procedures Bolsters Safety

January 02, 2024 05:00 - 19 minutes - 8.74 MB

Welcome to the crossover edition of Process Safety with Trish and Traci -- the podcast that aims to share insights from past incidents to help avoid future events. I’m Traci Purdum, EIC of Chemical Processing. Today’s crossover is from our Chemical Processing Distilled podcast series. I recently spoke with Dave Strobhar, founder and principal human factors engineer for Beville Engineering. We discussed Unlocking Efficiency By Reducing Emergency Procedures. This conversation struck me as a ...

Avoid Common Pitfalls of Risk Perception Via Statistics, Storytelling

December 19, 2023 05:00 - 21 minutes - 8.91 MB

In this episode, Trish and Traci, along with guest Melissa Humphries, discuss the challenges of intuitively understanding uncertainty and likelihoods in risk assessments. They highlight the common pitfalls of dismissing low-likelihood events and the impact of human nature on risk perception. Melissa explains statistical concepts like risk and uncertainty, emphasizing the importance of communicating findings effectively. They delve into the role of statistical methods in identifying influenti...

Reflecting On Tragedy Can Improve Process Safety

December 05, 2023 05:00 - 5 minutes - 4.99 MB

This In Case You Missed It episode brings the written word to life. Today, Trish Kerin, the director of IChemE Safety Centre, and Stay Safe columnist for Chemical Processing, will read her column “Reflecting On Tragedy Can Improve Process Safety,” which appeared in the December 2023 edition of our magazine. Written By: Trish Kerin Read By: Trish Kerin  Read Article HERE 

La Mède Refinery Tragedy Unveils Critical Corrosion Lessons

November 21, 2023 05:00 - 15 minutes - 15.2 MB

In the podcast episode, Traci and Trish discuss the 31st anniversary of the La Mède Refinery explosion in France, detailing the events and the consequences, including six fatalities and significant financial loss. Trish emphasizes the importance of rigorous corrosion inspection programs and the need for comprehensive risk assessments in facility design. They explore legal implications, questioning the attribution of blame to specific individuals. The conversation shifts to the need for explo...

Lessons Learned From The Deadly Explosion In Pasadena, Texas

November 07, 2023 05:00 - 17 minutes - 16.3 MB

This episode discusses the 1989 Pasadena chemical plant explosion that claimed 23 lives. The incident led to the modernization of process safety measures in the U.S. Trish and Traci emphasize the importance of dedicated firewater systems, meticulous maintenance procedures, and strategies to combat complacency. They also explore the use of case studies and emphasize the positive legacy of Mary Kay O'Connor in promoting process safety. Subscribe to stay informed and visit

Don’t Let Risk Management Falter

October 25, 2023 16:16 - 7 minutes - 7.27 MB

A deep understanding of risks empowers us to make informed decisions

7 Steps To Maintaining Safety Awareness in Industrial Plants

October 10, 2023 05:00 - 4 minutes - 4.12 MB

Plants with good safety performance can become complacent over time, and lessons learned from incidents are often forgotten. It's crucial to instill and maintain a culture of constant unease to ensure ongoing safety. According to the article, Former chair of the UK’s Health and Safety Executive Judith Hackitt bluntly warns: “Be clear that your role is to create unease, not to provide false (re)assurance.”

Podcast ep 54: ICYMI — Understand the Difference Between On-Spec and Fit For Purpose

September 29, 2023 22:17 - 5 minutes - 5.31 MB

In any facility, we always need to consider the risks and ensure we are managing them with appropriate controls to ensure process safety. Especially when we make changes, we need to ensure that different circumstances are considered.

Podcast: Mastering Risk Management in High-Hazard Industries

September 19, 2023 05:00 - 46 minutes - 47 MB

In this episode, we discuss risk assessment. The chemical industry is a high-hazard industry. That does not mean it has to be high-risk. We have to effectively manage risk to prevent an incident, and then if prevention fails, mitigate the consequences. If we get this wrong, people die. 

Podcast ep 52: Game-Based Learning Revolutionizes Process Safety Education in the Chemical Industry

September 05, 2023 05:00 - 30 minutes - 10.5 MB

In our latest episode, we sit down with Dr. Cheryl Bodnar, one of the brilliant minds behind "Contents Under Pressure," an immersive game designed to teach process safety. Discover the story behind the game and its impact on education and industry. Transcript:

Tipisodes Podcast: Ep 51 9 Tips for Effective Process-Hazard Reviews in Management of Change

August 29, 2023 05:00 - 4 minutes - 4.57 MB

By following these tips, chemical facilities can enhance the effectiveness of their process-hazard reviews in the Management of Change (MoC) process, minimizing the risk of missing critical safety considerations and ensuring a robust safety management system.

Ep 50 Podcast: Prepare For The Worst

August 08, 2023 05:01 - 4 minutes - 5.24 MB

In Case You Missed It edition of Process Safety with Trish and Traci. In Case You Missed It brings the written word to life. In today’s episode, Trish Kerin, the director of IChemE Safety Centre, and Stay Safe columnist for Chemical Processing, will read her column “Prepare For The Worst”, which appeared in the August 2023 edition of Chemical Processing magazine. She explains how safety training saved her from dying during a scuba diving mishap

Podcast: Piper Alpha Disaster -- 22 Terrifying Minutes, Countless Lessons Learned

July 24, 2023 19:44 - 24 minutes - 25.9 MB

The tragedy exposed various deficiencies in safety management and emergency response. It remains a stark reminder of the importance of rigorous risk assessment, effective control measures, continuous monitoring of safety systems, and fostering a culture where workers feel empowered to stop unsafe work. 

Podcast: ICYMI -- Don’t Ignore Weak Signals

July 11, 2023 21:56 - 5 minutes - 5.69 MB

Weak signals occur all around us every day, but we often either fail to notice them -- or their significance. It might be an unexpected or unexplainable alarm, a lead indicator that may be easily dismissed as false, or an observation by a worker. Apply the Platypus Philosophy to recognize these signals and make your facility safer.

Podcast: The Importance of Ethics In Engineering

June 27, 2023 05:01 - 23 minutes - 23.8 MB

Inspired by a recent study about DuPont and 3M's knowledge of the toxicity of PFAS chemicals, this podcast discusses the importance of transparency and emphasizes the need for professionals to exercise their ethical judgment and stand up for what is right.

Podcast: Lessons Learned From The 2013 Williams Olefins Explosion

June 14, 2023 19:10 - 14 minutes - 13.4 MB

The cause of the explosion was traced back to a heat exchanger at the plant. Written procedures, checklists, redundancy and assessing risks for transient and unusual operations can help avoid catastrophe.

Episode 45: Fast Facts -- Trevor Kletz and Inherent Safety

May 16, 2023 22:06 - 5 minutes - 5.48 MB

In this Fast Facts edition of Process Safety with Trish & Traci we discuss the lessons learned that led to the four principles of inherent safety as championed by the late Trevor Kletz.  Many lives could be saved if the rules are applied.

Episode 44: Lessons Learned From 1988 Shell Plant Explosion

May 01, 2023 16:39 - 22 minutes - 22.6 MB

A corroded vapor line caused the deadly incident. This episode talks about ways to stay ahead of corrosion concerns and how to better protect workers in case of unthinkable catastrophe.  

Episode 43: ICYMI: Story Telling Bolsters Process Safety -- What Are Your Shell Middens?

April 17, 2023 18:26 - 6 minutes - 6.35 MB

Storytelling as a means of communication is a valuable tool to help people learn and retain important lessons. It is not about making things up but rather creating a memorable interaction.

Episode 42: Don’t Dismiss Process Safety Weak Signals — Find Your Platypus

April 03, 2023 19:51 - 22 minutes - 22 MB

Cognitive biases lead to process-safety events. By getting our brains used to looking for the unusual, we can better manage safety in our facilities. Trish Kerin, director of the IChemE Safety Centre, has staked her entire professional engineering career on talking about a weird animal as a way to try and help people understand and manage their weak signals. Transcript can be found at 

Podcast: Examining Ohio Train Derailment; Five-Year Anniversary of ExxonMobil Earthquake Incident

February 21, 2023 21:23 - 22 minutes - 22.8 MB

Trish and Traci discuss the response to the East Palestine, Ohio, train derailment noting that environmental factors could be an issue for some time. Also, this episode unpacks how ExxonMobil was able to weather a hurricane just five miles from the epicenter without loss of containment. Access the full transcript at

Tactics To Help First Responders During Process Safety Incidents

January 31, 2023 20:09 - 45 minutes - 20.8 MB

Insight into rescue challenges and solutions at chemical facilities. Visit for more tools and resources aimed at helping you be efficient and safe.

Podcast: Lessons Learned From 2022 Process-Safety Incidents

December 22, 2022 14:48 - 20 minutes - 9.85 MB

Turning tragedy into tools to help avoid future catastrophes will help keep workers safe.

Podcast: Hone Transferable Skills To Promote Safety

November 17, 2022 18:39 - 20 minutes - 9.51 MB

The workplace can be so much more for colleagues than simply doing a job and going home. If you want to succeed, you need to listen and communicate as it's the currency of safety.

Podcast: Avoid A Hero Complex During Safety Training

October 29, 2022 12:51 - 26 minutes - 12.2 MB

Practice, practice and more practice makes great emergency response but be careful of the message you are sending.

Podcast: Hydrogen Safety & The Energy Revolution

September 20, 2022 14:50 - 24 minutes - 11.7 MB

Unlike the oil industry, we can set the foundation of embedding inherently safer design into how we manage hydrogen going forward. This can be a heated topic and it can get politicized. We need to make sure we're really applying inherently safer design principles when we pick the concept that we are going with, let alone do the engineering down the track

San Bruno Pipeline Explosion Lessons Learned

August 23, 2022 15:27 - 20 minutes - 10.2 MB

Grandfathered standards from the 1950s along with incorrect blueprints led to loss of life and reputation.

Podcast: Unique Program Delivers Safer Workplace

July 12, 2022 18:33 - 34 minutes - 17.5 MB

A revolutionary process safety program at a refinery in Blaine, Washington presents challenges in the best ways possible -- by helping operators develop new skills and flex new muscles. It’s always a good day when somewhere in the world a new process-safety champion has been formed.

Deadly Dust -- Lessons Learned From The Didion Milling Explosion

May 30, 2022 17:23 - 24 minutes - 12.4 MB

This episode looks back on the deadly dust explosion that occurred at Didion Milling in Cambria, Wisconsin. On May 31, 2017, the explosion killed five workers and injured 15 others.   In mid-May 2022 a federal grand jury indicted the operator and six management officials on nine criminal counts, including two counts related to willful violations of federal workplace safety standards for grain handling.

Chernobyl Disaster Dangers Then And Now

April 26, 2022 19:31 - 23 minutes - 11.9 MB

The war in Ukraine and the anniversary of Chernobyl bring to light lessons learned from the past and unfortunate worries of today.

Podcast: Examining Technology’s Blessings And Burdens

March 29, 2022 16:42 - 18 minutes - 9.12 MB

Process safety is impacted by automation, robotics, devices and solutions. Whether the impact is positive or negative remains in the hands of humans who implement the technology.  

Deadly Lessons Learned From A Permit-To-Work Failure

February 28, 2022 19:16 - 20 minutes - 10.2 MB

What went wrong at the Piper Alpha oil rig has taught us a lot about permit-to-work systems. They are in place to ensure control of the ownership and activities of a particular piece of equipment -- it’s about keeping people safe and also understanding the status of your plant.

How To Make Money And Save Lives Via Process Safety

February 02, 2022 19:36 - 22 minutes - 11.5 MB

Good process safety means good reliability …  good reliability means good productivity … good productivity is what makes us money. Sometimes you have to talk about the bottom line in order to get buy-in for process-safety initiatives.

Podcast: 2021 Process Safety Incidents Reveal Preventable Patterns

December 20, 2021 17:57 - 20 minutes - 10.3 MB

A review of 2021’s process-safety incidents points out that there's nothing new in any of these events; there's no new technology pathway, there's no new chemical reaction or law of chemistry or physics. That means these are all preventable incidents. What are you doing at your facilities to understand these hazards?

How To Avoid Dumb Ways To Die

November 30, 2021 15:57 - 22 minutes - 11.8 MB

If you're relying on humans getting it right every time, you're going to have an incident. The key is making sure your systems are more resilient to humans making a mistake  

New Tool In Process Hazard Analysis: Delta HAZOP

October 08, 2021 15:37 - 21 minutes - 10.8 MB

The chemical industry has been doing risk assessment the same way for quite some time. This new method focuses on subtle changes, which can lead to degradation of design safeguards.

Could Deepwater Horizon Have Been Prevented?

August 23, 2021 14:53 - 24 minutes - 12.2 MB

IChemE’s Trish Kerin ponders that $64,000 question as she and Traci Purdum look back at lessons learned from the Montara oil field incident in 2009. 

Lessons Learned From Seveso -- One Of the Biggest Manmade Environmental Disasters

July 05, 2021 15:55 - 24 minutes - 12 MB

Was the Seveso accident, which released dioxin in the air and was named by Time magazine as one of the top manmade environmental disasters, a black swan event? Not likely, according to Trish Kerin, director of the IChemE Safety Centre. On the 45th anniversary of this catastrophic event, we take a look at lessons learned.

The Ripple Effect Of Recent Cybersecurity Breaches

June 09, 2021 14:44 - 39 minutes - 21.5 MB

A hack at SolarWinds in 2020 prompted executive orders to get cybersecurity under control at firms supplying the government. Private companies will have to comply even if they aren’t the primary contractor. The Colonial Pipeline hack solidified the need.

Cybersecurity Breach Ripple Effect

June 09, 2021 14:44 - 39 minutes - 21.5 MB

A money-grab hack prompted executive orders to get cybersecurity under control at firms supplying the government. Private companies will have to comply even if they aren’t the primary contractor. 

The Cost Of Climate Change On Process Safety

April 12, 2021 20:49 - 36 minutes - 18.4 MB

Preparing for the worst is in a facility’s best interest. Indeed, in 2020 there were over 800 natural and man-made disasters that resulted in $4.5 trillion in damages. This episode of Process Safety with Trish & Traci features Dale Sands, an expert in risk reduction and resiliency.

Lessons Learned From The Fukushima Disaster 10 Years Later

March 09, 2021 22:40 - 26 minutes - 14 MB

The catastrophic incident at the Fukushima power plant 10 years ago started long before an earthquake and tsunami wiped out power and caused three reactor meltdowns -- the real problem started in 1967 when the plant was built in a tsunami-prone area. The lessons learned from this disaster can save others.