During 2021 I had a series of three articles published in The Chemical Engineer with co-author Nick Wise. The main theme was on deciding whether risks are As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP). Our interest was whether the various safety studies we carry out can ever demonstrate ALARP.

Our conclusion was the studies are our tools to help us do this but ultimately we all have to make our own judgement. The main objective should be to satisfy ourselves that have the information we need to feel comfortable explaining or defending our judgement to others who may have an interest.

Access the articles below

What safety studies have you got on you menu? TCE April 2021

Risk: Tools of the trade. TCE May 2021

Making sure risks are ALARP. TCE June 2021

Link to Task Analysis resources

 

Over the last couple of year I have led a small team writing a compendium of Trevor Kletz's work on behalf of IChemE. I am very pleased and excited to say it now available to buy from the publisher's website https://lnkd.in/d3uEwsY

The book showcases the work of Trevor Kletz with new case studies and insights into latest practices. It covers the topics that he identified to process safety.

Rereading all of Trevor's books and other works reminded me how much I have been influenced by him in my career. I was genuinely surprised at how much of what he said I still apply today, almost instinctively. Unfortunately we are still having accidents around the world that perfectly illustrate what Trevor was saying decades ago.

Presented 2018 via Skype to process safety professionals in Pakistan

Incident investigations often conclude that one of the causes was either that people did not follow a “good” procedure or that procedures were not fit for purpose. These findings are often based on an inflated opinion of what procedures can achieve. The reality is that procedures appear very low on the hierarchy of risk control and will only ever make a fairly modest contribution to safety. Avoiding hindsight bias when considering the role of procedures in incidents can mean that more effective recommendations can be made, leading to a set of procedures that provide effective support to competent people.

Published in Loss Prevention Bulletin December 2018.  Available as a free download at https://www.icheme.org/media/7205/lpb264_pg09.pdf