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Integrating Mitigations with redundancies in an Industrial Process

Integrating Mitigations with redundancies in an Industrial Process Riskope was recently asked to review a risk assessment for an industrial process undergoing major expansion and upgrades. The proposed facility had been the object of prior HAZOP and FMEA. Neither gave the client required comfort that design decision-making was supported in the best possible way. Riskope started by facilitating the definition of the operation’s success criteria, its metric, and related failure criteria and consequence metrics. The system was then described and…

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Future predictions, uncertainty and Unpredictability

Future predictions, uncertainty and Unpredictability Some authors state that the key difference between human intelligence and animal intelligence is that human perform “conscious and not infrequent planning for the future”. Maybe that started with a “where do we search for food today” question. As we often discuss in this blog, planning in the face of uncertainty requires some notion of what is likely or unlikely to happen. From here, it only seems “natural” that we must all have some intuitive…

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The latent crisis of Mine Wastewater and Colorado State of Emergency

crisis of Mine Wastewater and Colorado State of Emergency On August 10, 2015 at Gold King Mine near Durango, Colorado millions of gallons of toxic sludge were accidentally discharged into the Animas River by a EPA cleanup crew. But lets start with a bit of context: Starting in the 1870s, miners rushed to the Silverton region to seek out gold, silver, and other valuable resources. The entrance to the Gold King Mine has long been collapsed, and the Environmental Protection…

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Risk advisor comments world news related to mining and health & safety

.Risk advisor comments world news related to mining and health & safety Two separate instances just appeared in the South East Asia media which illustrate two cases of “involuntary risks” that populations may be exposed to. Here are the summaries of ou Risk advisor comments world news related to mining and health & safety: 1) Downpours in Quang Ninh (July 27 to August 2) Considered the worst in the past forty years, have reportedly caused flooding and landslides, along with…

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