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Richard T. Lackey, Jr. is a Process Safety Management Specialist with Becht and has over 35 years experience as a mechanical engineer in the chemical industry -- much of it from his long-term career with DuPont.  His experience includes mechanical integrity and quality assurance (MIQA), quality control, compliance auditing to industry codes and standards, and Process Safety Management (OSHA Standard 29CFR 1910.119; PSM) with respect to hose assembly, welding, fabrication, relief devices, pressure vessels, tanks, piping, valves, fasteners, gasketing, and boilers.  Mr. Lackey has performed over 200 site assessments over his extensive career including all elements of OSHA 1910.119 Process Safety Management. 

Mr. Lackey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer and a Registered Professional Land Surveyor in the State of West Virginia.

Process Safety Management and YOU

Walking the Walk…Management Commitment My assumption is if you are reading this, you have some involvement in, or responsibility for, Process Safety Management (PSM) in your facility.  OSHA’s Standard for Hazardous Materials, 29 CFR 1910.119, is a mere 21 pages long including 12 pages of “non-mandatory” appendices -- but should it be your responsibility, what a daunting task to implement!  I remember Otter from the movie Animal House being quoted when everything looked so bleak - “Now we could do it with conventional weapons, but that would take years and cost millions of lives.  No, I think we have to go all out.  I think that this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture to be done on somebody’s part!” What to do? You could immediately start looking elsewhere for employment, focus on the daily emergencies that will always be there and hope your boss values crisis management more...
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