Proccess safety BEACON – October 2020

Proccess safety BEACON – October 2020

On August 4, 2020, a massive explosion occurred in Beirut, Lebanon that killed at least 160 people, injured  more than 5,000 and left an estimated 300,000 people homeless*. At this time, no estimate of damages or cause of the explosion are...
Proccess safety BEACON – September 2020

Proccess safety BEACON – September 2020

An employee used alcohol-based hand sanitizer, according to current recommendations for COVID-19 personal hygiene. After application, but before the liquid sanitizer had fully evaporated and dried, the individual touched a metal surface where a build-up of static...
Proccess safety BEACON – August 2020

Proccess safety BEACON – August 2020

There have been many fires and explosions in our industry over the years due to ignition during spark-producing Hot Work. The May 2020 Beacon covered the fatal consequences from one such event. One element of preparing for Hot Work is to check for – and prevent – the...
Process safety BEACON – March 2020

Process safety BEACON – March 2020

At a wastewater facility in Santa Paula (Southern California), on November 18, 2014, a vacuum truck explosion sprayed hazardous material over the site and sent dozens, including three firefighters, to hospital. Sodium chlorite, an oxidizing agent, was identified in...
Proccess safety BEACON – July 2020

Proccess safety BEACON – July 2020

An explosion on October 13, 2002, propelled large fragments of debris offsite, some landed near crude oil storage tanks. Three people were injured, but fortunately, no fatalities occurred. Steam leaking through manual block valves heated crude Mononitrotoluene (MNT)...
Proccess safety BEACON – June 2020

Proccess safety BEACON – June 2020

Can a “fail open” valve fail closed?. Clearly the answer is YES or we would not have asked the question! On piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs) or other process safety information (PSI), valves may be indicated as “fail open,” “fail closed,” or “fail in...