Like any major catastrophe, many companies think it won't happen to them. But "stuff" happens and it's best to be prepared for the worst. Just ask Saudi Aramco. On Aug. 15 the oil producer was attacked by a virus named “Shamoon,” which damaged 30,000 computers.
With great discovery comes great risk. Chemical companies are no exceptions. But employees have a right to know what they are dealing with at work. If they are exposed to hazardous chemicals, they should have resources available to understand the risks and learn how to best manage their environment.
"No Balloons Due To A Helium Shortage" – that's what the sign said at my local grocery store. Really? How could there be a shortage of helium? Isn't that one of the most-abundant elements in the universe?
The first entry I wrote for this blog back in April 2010 was entitled “The Chemical Security Conversation” begins -- and what a conversation it’s been. I hope that we have been able to provide you with relevant news and information and maybe shed some light on a complex topic.
At the 2012 Chemical Sector Security Summit, David Wulf, Director, Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (ISCD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provided an ISCD regulatory update.Mr. Wulf began by reviewing the current status of the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program, noting that in the 5 years since the inception of...
At the 2012 Chemical Sector Security Summit I had the opportunity to attend the Theft and Diversion breakout session, which explored various chemical theft and diversion schemes as well as some of the measures companies are implementing to mitigate chemical theft and diversion.
No one can say that Professor Lee Cronin, leader of a team of 45 researchers at Glasgow University, lacks ambition. According to a recent article from UK-based The Guardian, Cronin wants to create downloadable chemistry, with the ultimate aim of allowing people to "print" their own pharmaceuticals at home.
On the first day of the Summit, I had the opportunity to moderate a breakout session entitled “Potential Threat Actors’ Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures.” Panel members included Timothy Scott, Chief Security Officer, Dow Chemical, Clyde Miller, Director of Corporate Security, BASF, and Scott McDougall, Intelligence Analyst, Office of Intelligence and...
Last week I was able to attend the 2012 Chemical Sector Security Summit (Summit) in Baltimore, Maryland. The Summit, which is co-funded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA), is one of the largest annual gatherings of chemical security professionals.
We overhauled our isobutene/n-butane fractionating column during a recent turnaround. We cleaned its sieve trays, replaced the reboiler (a circulating thermosyphon) and slightly lowered the suction nozzle to avoid splashing the bottom tray. The bottom-most thermocouple failed during start-up total reflux; it went full-scale.