Safety Moment #31: the 26-Year Old HAZOP discusses the need for new methods for hazards analysis that can help generate fresh insights as to how incidents may occur. For example, techniques such as Layers of Protection Analysis (LOPA) and Bow-Tie method that have been introduced in recent years provide different and fresh ways of understanding risk.
Published in 2007, Nassim Nicholas Taleb's book The Black Swan achieved almost overnight fame (a circumstance that is, in itself, something of a black swan).
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 the run across the statement, “But we’re different, you know”. What the speaker is saying is that his or her particular industry is so special that the professionals in it have little to learn from other industries regarding process safety.