This Safety Moment discusses the importance of keeping utilities operating during an emergency. The material here is taken from the ebook 52 Process Safety Moments.
If a facility suffers from a major event such as an explosion or large fire it is generally critical that the utility systems remain functional. Examples include:
One of the world’s first detective stories, Edgar Allen Poe’s The Purloined Letter, was written in the year 1844. It is set in the City of Paris. In the 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. There is only one copy of the letter (reminder: there were no copying machines and scanners in those days).
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Process safety consultants usually find themselves working for a range of different companies and industries. (This variety is one of the most satisfying aspects of the work.) And, wherever they work they run across the statement, “But we’re different, you know”.
Safety Moments are short stories or anecdotes that illustrate some aspect of personal or process safety. Generally they feature a near miss or foolish event that had the potential to be much worse than it was. They can be used to start a meeting or a task assignment.