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This ebook discusses the important role that contractors play in offshore safety. The regulations and standards that cover contractors are described, including guidance provided by the Center for Offshore Safety (COS). The development of operator/contractor maps is also described, as well as the role of smaller contractors.
An oil refinery located in a major metropolitan area used a hydrogen fluoride (HF) alkylation process. HF is a liquid at ambient conditions, but, on release to the atmosphere, it forms a highly toxic vapor cloud which can remain at ground level and drift for a long distance. Moreover, if it comes into contact with water it forms highly corrosive hydrofluoric acid.
An oil refinery underwent an unscheduled shutdown. The problems that had lead to the shutdown were corrected and the refinery was ready to be re-started. The refinery superintendent — who knew the facility extremely well — had recently retired for health reasons. However management asked him to come back and take charge of the re-start because they knew that his experience would help them get up to speed in as short a time as possible.
One of the world’s first detective stories, written in the year 1844, was Edgar Allen Poe’s The Purloined Letter set in the city of Paris. In that story the bad guy — Minister D — has in his possession a letter containing compromising information about an unnamed lady. He is using this information to blackmail her.