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Process Safety Demands Perseverance

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The upcoming Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center 2019 International Symposium testifies to the importance our industry places on process safety — and to the need for continual improvement. We must strive relentlessly for that unachievable goal of absolute process safety.One hopeful sign since last year’s symposium is an apparent change in attitude by the Trump Administration. After its repeated attempts to defund the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) were thwarted by Congress, the White House now has nominated Katherine Andrea Lemos to become its chair; she has a background in aviation and previously served on the National Transportation Safety Board. The terms…

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