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Join industry professionals as they share insight into the world of process safety, including news related to updated codes and standards, recent incidents and what you can learn from them, and their take on all elements of process safety. With decades of combined experience in real, practical implementation, they aren’t just advisors, they practice what they preach. Whether you’re new to process safety, in a role where you interact with aspects of process safety, or an experienced process s ...
 
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In this episode, Rob welcomes Nat Weiner to the podcast. Nat, who has extensive experience both as a plant manager and in a role managing plant managers tells us what advice he would give to someone who has recently taken on the "Plant Manager" title. Tune in to this episode to learn Nat's best tips for new plant managers, including how to best lev…
 
In this episode, Rob welcomes process safety consultant Mike Robertson to the podcast. With over 30 years of experience in the chemical industry, Mike provides a thorough overview of what a Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA) is, why and when they are required, required versus preferred documentation to gather for DHA prep, and provides listeners with both …
 
In this episode, Rob and Molly talk piping requirements for pressure relief devices, including which Recognized and Generally Accepted Good Engineering Practices (RAGAGEP) apply. With an extensive background as a pressure relief specialist, Molly walks through the basic requirements outlined in ASME Section VIII and API 520, Part II, tips for layou…
 
In this episode, Rob welcomes Nicholas Krump, an expert in changing safety cultures. Nicholas shares the challenges he sees companies face again and again when it comes to implementing a positive safety culture, actionable tips for walking into a new safety culture, and elaborates on the value of buy-in/participation from hourly employees. To learn…
 
In this episode, Rob is proud to introduce the newest member of the Amplify Team, Molly Myers. Along with a diverse background across multiple industries, Molly has sat on both sides of the table when it comes to supporting a facility's PSM compliance, sometimes with an internal role supporting process safety and other times as an outside consultan…
 
On July 28, 2021, the CSB deployed to a fatal incident that took place at the LyondellBasell chemical plant in La Porte, TX. The release took the lives of two contractors and hospitalized thirty employees. In this episode, Rob brings you the latest information about the incident, and offers a reminder about the role process safety plays in keeping …
 
In this episode, Rob is joined by Human Factors Engineer, Monica Philippart. Monica and Rob explore the definition and importance of human factors, how human factors should be integrated into both process design and incident investigation, and how organizations might improve their consideration of human factors beyond just a simple checklist. To le…
 
In this episode, Rob sits down with Tim Murphy, the Process Safety Manager of Arkema Inc., responsible for providing PSM and RMP support for more than 25 facilities. With such a large number of sites to support, how does Tim ensure that each site values PSM and understands its importance? And what advice does Tim have for new engineers who might be…
 
In this episode, Elena is joined by guest Trish Kerin, Director of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), a multi-national institution tasked with advancing chemical engineering's contribution for the benefit of society. Elena and Trish discuss the specific incidents across the globe that highlighted the need for process safety in the past…
 
In this episode, Rob is joined by guest David Hatch, a professional Process Safety Engineer with over 30 years of experience in Major Accident Hazard facilities and Design, Operating & Consulting roles in highly regulated industries including Oil & Gas, Pharmaceuticals, and Energy & Chemicals. In this episode you'll learn what a Bow Tie diagram is,…
 
On April 8, 2021, the CSB deployed to a fatal paint plant incident that took place at the Yenkin-Majestic Paints and OPC Polymers manufacturing site in Columbus, Ohio. The fire and explosion killed one employee and injured eight others. In this episode, Rob and Elena bring you the latest information about the incident, and offer a reminder about th…
 
In this episode, Rob, John, and Elena talk PSM compliance audits in the age of COVID-19. They'll talk you through how remote compliance audits work from start to finish, pros and cons about the remote audit format, and how remote audits compare to in-person compliance audits. Whether you participate in audits as part of a company team, or perform a…
 
In this episode, Rob sits down with experienced EH&S Director, Mike Burson, to talk safety culture. Rob and Mike cover the challenges when it comes to developing a safety culture at different levels of an organization, talk strategies to improve an organization's safety culture, share stories about their experiences and struggles, and more. --- Sen…
 
In the age of COVID-19, many services moved online to be held remotely, and Process Hazard Analyses (PHAs) were no exception. In this episode, consultants Rob and Elena talk about what they've learned over the past year when it comes to remote PHAs, including what works best and what unique challenges you might be faced with. You'll learn how remot…
 
Mathew Todaro of Verrill joins us again in this episode - this time to talk about environmental compliance audits. Mat, an attorney that specializes in enforcement defense, explains how EPA enforcement and emphasis of the RMP regulation has changed in recent years, and how you can best prepare your facility should you become the next site of an EPA…
 
In this episode, Rob sits down with John, the newest member of the Amplify team. John talks about his career experience, what led him to his current role, successes and difficulties he's witnessed with PSM implementation, and why he feels so passionate about process safety. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/amplifyyourprocesssafety/mes…
 
In our very first Process Safety Incident Alert, Rob and John bring you the latest information about the fatal chemical release that occurred on January 28, 2021, at a food producer in Gainesville, Georgia. They also discuss another recent event involving liquid nitrogen in John's neck of the woods, talk about the industries and locations where liq…
 
We're back with another episode of our PSM: Back to Basics miniseries, where we cover a PSM topic in a beginner-friendly manner for those newest to the process safety world. In this episode, Rob and Jo talk about what the PSM standard requires when it comes to Mechanical Integrity, the parallels between MI for a plant and maintenance on your car, h…
 
The world of process safety is STILL chock-full of acronyms. In part 1 of our beginner-friendly miniseries, PSM: Back to Basics, we tackled the essential acronyms that PSM newbies need to know, providing an explanation and context for each term. In this episode, Rob and Jo are back to cover even more acronyms: ALARP/ALARA, BPCS, BRM, CSO/CSC, DHA, …
 
In our last episode of 2020 Rob and Wesley talk quality assurance and quality control. Listen to learn what QA/QC means, what the PSM standard says, the importance of independent verification, and how things can go right (or very wrong) when it comes to QA/QC. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/amplifyyourprocesssafety/message…
 
In this episode, Wesley and Rob cover process safety leading and lagging indicators. They cover what these metrics are, why they're important for your organization, and some key resources you can turn to in order to learn more. API Recommended Practice 754 - Process Safety Performance Indicators For The Refining And Petrochemical Industries IOGP Re…
 
In this episode, Rob, Wesley, and Elena team up to talk about operator training. You'll learn what the PSM standard requires, how your operating procedures affect the quality of your training program, and some tips to improve your training program and its effectiveness, including the use of a competency matrix (not to be confused with The Matrix, t…
 
Who are these people and why do they have a podcast? In a much needed follow-up to episode 0, you'll meet all the members of the Amplify team, hear about the very different journeys that led them to Amplify, and learn what makes them passionate about process safety. Tune in as our normally virtual team sits down together for the first time for an e…
 
In today’s episode, Wesley welcomes Bob Wasileski to the show, an Energy risk engineer from Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS), who has sat on both sides of the table when it comes to insurance surveys. In this episode, you’ll learn what an insurance survey is and how it explores both sides of the bow tie diagram, the top 10 things risk en…
 
We're back with Blaine Hoffmann from The SafetyPro Podcast, for part four of our collaborative series comparing and contrasting the PSM standard with OSHA general industry regulations. In this episode we cover the requirements surrounding Hot Work, any work that involves burning, welding, cutting, brazing, soldering, grinding, using fire- or spark-…
 
In this episode we welcome back Blaine Hoffmann from The SafetyPro Podcast for another collaboration where we talk both occupational safety and process safety, and this time we cover contractor management. We'll talk about what OSHA says about contractor management for general industry, and what's required for PSM-covered facilities, how contractor…
 
Flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes - oh my! In this episode we welcome one of our consultants, Elena Prats, CCPSC, to the podcast for the very first time. In an episode full of personal anecdotes and useful tips, Elena and Wesley cover how to assess and plan for natural hazards at your facility, when industry has been prepared and when it hasn't, and …
 
An EPA inspector has just been at your site, now what? Time to sigh in relief or time to panic? In this episode we pick up where we left off after Episode 4 - Government Inspections, and we cover what to expect once the EPA inspector is gone. Special guest Mathew Todaro of Verill Law joins us in this episode, using his years of experience handling …
 
We've teamed up with The SafetyPro Podcast again to bring you an episode on emergency planning and response. We'll cover general industry's requirements, what PSM says, and a bit about RMP's requirements. You'll also get to hear from Blaine, a former first responder, regarding his experience with emergency response and we'll cover two incidents tha…
 
In this very special episode, process safety and occupational safety worlds collide as Wesley teams up with Blaine Hoffmann from The SafetyPro Podcast to discuss incident investigation. You'll learn what OSHA's PSM standard says about incident investigation, as well as OSHA's requirements for general industry, why incident investigation is importan…
 
In part four of our Back to Basics miniseries, we're talking MOC basics. You'll learn what MOC, or management of change, is, what the process is like, and who is typically involved in each step. We'll also cover two incidents that highlight the importance of MOC. Find the two incidents we discussed and many others in Incidents that Define Process S…
 
Wesley and Jo are back with part 3 of PSM: Back to Basics, with more content for those newest to PSM. In this episode, you'll learn what a Process Hazard Analysis, or PHA, is and what methodologies exist for conducting a PHA study. You'll also learn the basics of nodes and HAZOP studies, and then we'll discuss a gas plant incident at a facility whe…
 
New to process safety and not sure where to start? In part 2 of our new miniseries, PSM: Back to Basics, Wesley and Jo cover a plethora of process safety resources, including websites, books, conferences, apps, and more. OSHA Letters of Interpretation OSHA Compliance Directive AIChE Academy e-Learning SAChE Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center a…
 
The world of process safety is chock-full of acronyms. In part 1 of our new miniseries, PSM: Back to Basics, Wesley and Jo tackle the essential acronyms that PSM newbies need to know, providing an explanation and context for each term. In this episode, you'll learn about AIChE, API, ASME, CCPS, CCPSC, C&Es, CFR, CSB, CSP, EPA, ERP, II, MI, (e)MOC, …
 
What do toothpaste, coffee, Superbowl Sunday, and Spock have to do with alarms? You'll find out in this episode, where we welcome back guest Curt Snyder, a certified functional safety expert, as we discuss building an alarm management program in your facility. We'll cover what goes into creating your alarm management program, why these programs mat…
 
In this episode, we welcome guest Curt Snyder, a certified functional safety expert. Wesley and Curt discuss ISA 84, RAGAGEP prescribed by CCPS for the mechanical integrity element of SIS, while also referring to IEC 61511-1, which is a nearly identical standard. In this jam-packed, highly technical episode, you'll learn why these standards exist, …
 
Operators, maintenance technicians, and I&E technicians - those we deem "boots on the ground" - are vital to the success of your process safety program. In this episode, Wesley and Rob discuss the key roles these individuals play when it comes to Process Hazard Analyses (PHAs), operating procedures, operator training, incident investigation, near m…
 
Construction projects big and small are bound to happen at your facility. What if you have a long construction phase after your initial PHA? What if you don't have your arms around all the modifications that have been made during the project? How can you and your PHA team prep before a big project starts? What can go wrong if you wait until the end…
 
In this episode, Wesley and Rob talk about PSM management systems. They'll compare paper and electronic systems, and cover what factors you should consider when choosing a management system for your MOCs, action item tracking, and more. If you're starting a PSM program from scratch or you're looking to overhaul your current program, this is the epi…
 
In this episode, Wesley and Rob present some guidelines for a successful Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) based on their years of experience as PHA participants and facilitators. They'll cover tips related to prep, study sessions, and more, ensuring you're ready for your next PHA. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/amplifyyourprocesssafety…
 
In this episode, Wesley and Rob talk combustible dusts - what they are, why they're hazardous, and which NFPA standards apply to them. They'll also talk about a major event related to combustible dusts, and about upcoming requirements involving Dust Hazard Analyses (DHAs). To view the CSB video mentioned in today's episode, please visit https://www…
 
In this episode, Wesley and Rob cover a few major events that happened in industry in 2019, and update you on the latest ruling regarding RMP regulation changes. To learn more about these major events and others currently under investigation, visit the U.S. Chemical Safety Board's website at csb.gov. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/a…
 
In this episode, Wesley and Rob talk about how the people who know the process best, such as operators, maintenance technicians, and I&E technicians, can use weak signals, or leading indicators, to help prevent process safety events. They'll define what weak signals are, share some personal experiences, and shed light on what you can do when you di…
 
In this episode, Wesley and Rob discuss the basic elements of an incident investigation, while also addressing how blame and investigation findings should be handled. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/amplifyyourprocesssafety/message
 
In this episode, Wesley and Rob present a crash course on risk matrices. They'll cover what a risk matrix is, its role in Process Hazard Analyses (PHAs), limitations to consider regarding matrix size, and more. If you're new to PSM, this is the episode for you. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/amplifyyourprocesssafety/message…
 
In this very special episode, Wesley returns to his alma mater to sit down with Dr. Jim Holste, interim director of the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, during this year's International Symposium. Dr. Holste talks about the center's formation and mission, its satellite campuses and ties to i…
 
In part 1 we covered some background and consensus standards regarding facility siting. In this episode, part 2, Wesley and Rob will break down the whole facility siting process from start to finish. First, they'll cover two different approaches to a facility siting study and they'll compare a consequence based approach with a quantitative risk ass…
 
Facility siting. These two words appear in OSHA's PSM standard in the midst of other requirements that your PHA study must address, but no other details are provided. In part 1 of this facility siting episode, Wesley and Rob dive into a catastrophic event that highlighted the importance of facility siting, and then give a brief overview of what a f…
 
In this episode, Wesley and Rob discuss the newest changes and revisions to the EPA's Risk Management Plan rule. You'll learn about new requirements involving emergency response plans, hazard reviews, training, compliance audits, incident investigations, and more. Wesley and Rob will also cover which changes have a future compliance obligation of M…
 
In this special episode, Wesley welcomes our very first guest, William McBride, from CrossBridge Compliance. Will and Wesley discuss API 510, the recommended practice or inspection guideline for pressure vessels and talk about the importance of a vessel's U-1A. Will also explores the five important variables that go into calculating a vessel's rema…
 
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