Industry, however, should not be complacent. While the emphasis on developing a safety culture in most larger companies is high, particularly in Europe and North America, in a few smaller startup companies and in some countries, the safety culture needs to be drastically improved with a greater emphasis on education and training. For example, some companies I visit/audit still scale up processes without any understanding of the thermal hazards of working with larger equipment, relying on the fact that they have not had an incident this year as a basis for safety. I fervently hope they do not end up paying for this ignorance if someone should be injured or die.I wish I could say that I disagreed with Dr. Laird, and that everything was fine in industry. But I really can't.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Bonus Process Wednesday: Industry shouldn't be complacent about chemical safety
In the middle of a pretty interesting editorial on academic chemical safety by Trevor Laird (who should maybe be considered one of the first chemistry bloggers?), a comment on small companies and process safety: