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Consistency and Commitment to BBO Safety Program Add to Unprecedented Success of North Slope Turnaround

by Scott McLaurin, Becht Safety Solutions Manager and contracted member of Owner’s Team of onsite Safety Professionals during Summer 2014 turnaround on Alaska’s North Slope. “If it’s important, it gets measured” is an oft-heard adage, but especially true when it comes to Safety Performance.  The truth is while we attach certain values to both desirable […]

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Hazard Identification: The Mitigation Hierarchy and Human Interface

Hazard Identified; What Next? As we’ve discussed in recent articles, once a hazard is identified as legitimate, it needs to be mitigated.  A time-tested approach is what is known as The Industrial Hierarchy of Controls. While effective if applied properly, we must consider the human interface when utilizing the hierarchy of controls. A quick refresher […]

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Hazard Identification at the Worksite: Considering Current Workforce Demographics

Within the Safety Professional community, one topic guaranteed to generate vigorous debate is that of Hazard Identification. Volumes of information exist, theories are plentiful and opinions are abundant. While certain fundamentals always will apply, consideration for the changing dynamic of today’s workforce is essential. Once we understand that dynamic, our approach to hazard identification (and […]

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1500-Ton Reactor Lift In Louisiana – Safe & Successful!

Valero Energy Corporation recently installed a new, state of the art, hydrocracker at their Meraux, LA Refinery. The reactor lift was filmed by Valero and published on You-Tube as a testament to their commitment to safety and quality. The lift and transportation team safely completed the transport from the ship to the refinery and the […]

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Multi-level Safety Leadership: A Core Function of Every Proactive Organization

Successful organizations have embraced a philosophy of multi-level management for decades; it is embedded within all their processes. Have you ever considered how those leading organizations have applied the same concept to Safety? Within the corporate community, it’s a known fact that the more effectively processes and procedures are implemented throughout that organization, the better […]

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Crane Inspection – The Next Level

The OSHA Crane Rule, effective in 2010, clearly defines the requirements for crane inspections. The rule defines the frequency and minimum requirements for compliance. Crane inspections are really nothing new. We have developed our methods and procedures through years of experience. The question is: Are We Doing Enough? In my earlier years in the trades […]

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Nuclear Industry Response to the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

Prompt Early Response by Regulators and Industry – Shortly after the March 11, 2011 magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, and damaged the six nuclear power plants at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi site, the US NRC began to follow the situation. The NRC also established a Task Force to develop lessons learned. The Near-Term Task […]

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Turnaround Safety – A Key to Success

Apples to Oranges? Over the years, one thing that continuously strikes fear into many hearts of Safety professionals and management alike, is the Safety challenge that comes with a turnaround. A turnaround of any scale will introduce a totally different dynamic into the workplace. Assuming the status-quo in Safety will suffice during a turnaround is […]

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Understanding Safety Leadership

As Becht Safety Solutions takes its place as the newest member of the Becht family, it’s important that we understand what the cornerstone of the Becht Safety Solutions philosophy is. Simply put; it is Leadership. While proper leadership is critical for the success of any organization, group, unit or family, it is without a doubt […]

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