By Trevor A. Kletz

The e-book is a suite of approximately four hundred ideas and observations on safeguard and loss prevention, illustrated through money owed of injuries, and in keeping with the author's a long time of expertise in construction and defense. The goods, in general brief, are prepared alphabetically and cross-references are supplied. the various goods care for gear comparable to valves and tanks; a few are the names of locations, similar to Flixborough and King's go the place injuries have happened; a few are the names of abstractions reminiscent of administration and inspection: a couple of are the names of individuals or firms resembling DuPont or ICI. The ebook is written in a readable kind and is meant for interpreting, or dipping into, and never only for use as a piece of reference. there's a bias in the direction of technique security, because the writer spent his profession within the chemical undefined, however the perspectives mirror his managerial event in addition to his adventure as a full-time safeguard adviser. The publication will consequently be worthy to all who paintings in layout, operations and upkeep in addition to protection execs. the aim of the publication is to avoid injuries by means of spreading the information the writer has obtained in the course of a long time in at the the reason why injuries ensue and the motion had to hinder them

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We have removed our dependence on the operator but we are now dependent on the men who design, construct, test and maintain the trip, and they also make mistakes. It may be right to make the change as the designers, constructors, testers and maintenance workers are probably less exposed to stress than the operator and may therefore make fewer errors but we must not kid ourselves that we have removed our dependence on men. Automatic equipment should be tested regularly or we cannot be sure that it will work when required.

This construction accords both with the etymology of the word (Latin: connivere, to wink) and with the use made of it by the courts . . Managers and supervisors are not, of course, expected to stand over employees all the time but they should make occasional checks to see that rules are being observed (see audits, breaking the rules and short cuts) and they should keep their eyes open as they go round the plant. I agree that a good manager should have less than perfect eyesight and sometimes be almost bUnd, have less than perfect hearing and sometimes be almost deaf - but not where safety is concerned.

It is easy to buy equipment: all we need is money and if we make enough fuss we usually get it in the end. It is much more difficult to make sure that the equipment is tested and maintained, year after year, after the initial enthusiasm for the new toy has faded. Procedures are subject to a form of corrosion more rapid than that which affects the steelwork, and can vanish without trace once managers lose interest. Designers should not specify automatic equipment unless they know that the client has the knowledge, resources and commitment necessary to test and maintain it properly.

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