Traci Purdum

Editor-in-Chief
Phone: 630-454-7077

Traci Purdum, an award-winning business journalist with extensive experience covering manufacturing and management issues, is a graduate of the Kent State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Kent, Ohio, and an alumnus of the Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Clear Up Corrosion Confusion

Feb. 26, 2024
Expert answers questions regarding corrosion inhibitors and stainless steel.

Podcast: How To Manage Upsets and Achieve a Stable Condition

Feb. 16, 2024
Upsets are going to happen, so why not plan for it? Learn how.

Podcast: Master Inherently Safer Design Principles

Feb. 13, 2024
Eliminate, substitute or minimize hazards to save lives and the environment.

Mixing How To: Ribbon Blenders, Tank Baffles and Avoiding Hazards

Feb. 6, 2024
Mixing expert answers readers questions.

OSHA Issues Surprise Safety Update

Jan. 31, 2024
Q&A format provides OSHA’s “take” on PSM compliance.

Red Sea Transport Crisis Causes Chemical Sector Delays

Jan. 26, 2024
Delays are leading to production cuts and challenges in fulfilling orders.

Faster Ways To Train Chemical Operators

Jan. 19, 2024
Simulators and virtual reality offer objective ways to measure and improve training.

Accident Anniversaries: Honoring Lives and Learning Lessons

Jan. 16, 2024
From the LNG explosion in Algeria and the Boston molasses spill to Flixborough and the Valdez oil spill, the discussion underscores the ongoing relevance of these incidents and...

Avoid Common Pitfalls of Risk Perception Via Statistics, Storytelling

Dec. 19, 2023
This episode discusses the challenges of intuitively understanding uncertainty and likelihoods in risk assessments. It also stresses the need for storytelling and stakeholder ...

Chemical Processing Book Club: Strong Supply Chains Through Resilient Operations

Dec. 19, 2023
What happens when five consultants introduce five principles for supply-chain health? You get a new book.

How To Avoid Alarm Rationalization Mistakes

Dec. 8, 2023
This episode focuses on alarm rationalization mistakes, emphasizing the importance of addressing underlying problems rather than just managing the steady-state alarm rate.

View Chemical Processing's History—See Our Future

Dec. 5, 2023
We’ve covered a lot in 85 years, and the next 85 look promising

Operator Training: Does Font Size Matter?

Nov. 29, 2023
Consider contrast, font color, and size, as well as background colors, to ensure operators can do their jobs well and without fatigue.

La Mède Refinery Tragedy Unveils Critical Corrosion Lessons

Nov. 22, 2023
The importance of rigorous corrosion inspection programs and the need for comprehensive risk assessments in facility design are paramount to process safety.

Report: A Hazardous Chemical Incident Occurs Every 1.2 Days in the U.S.

Nov. 10, 2023
The majority of incidents originate from the production, transport and disposal of fossil fuels and fossil fuel products

Operator Training: Unlock Efficiency, Enhance Safety By Reducing Emergency Procedures

Nov. 10, 2023
In this episode, Traci and Dave discuss the importance of reducing emergency procedures in chemical processing for better operator training and performance.

Lessons Learned From The Deadly Explosion In Pasadena, Texas

Nov. 7, 2023
The legacy of Mary Kay O'Connor, who was killed in this incident, has aided in promoting process safety and saving lives.

Chemical Processing Book Club: Transforming Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

Oct. 24, 2023
Girish K. Malhotra explains his vision for environmental innovation

Podcast: Low-Cost Ways to Improve Operator Decision-Making

Oct. 20, 2023
Helping operators learn from past incidents and use pattern recognition to make better decisions faster will improve safety and efficiency.

Chemical Processing Names Three Vaaler Award Winners in 2023

Oct. 6, 2023
The awards recognize products that promise to significantly improve the operations and economics of plants.

Podcast: Mastering Risk Management in High-Hazard Industries

Oct. 4, 2023
There is no such thing as zero risk, but we can take more effective approaches to minimize the potential for those risks to be realized.

Chemical Industry Salaries: More Giving Than Taking – 9 to 5 Insights

Oct. 3, 2023
The 2023 salary and job satisfaction survey reveals that compensation, recognition and challenging work are reasons to sing a happy tune.

Industry Faces Bloomberg’s ‘Beyond Petrochemicals’

Sept. 22, 2023
Former New York Mayor aims to challenge the construction of new petrochemical plants producing plastics, fertilizers and packaging.

EPA: Chemical Industry Withholding Crucial Data

Sept. 22, 2023
Environmental Protection Agency called on the industry to engage with regulators earlier in the process to avoid last-minute challenges.

Podcast: Expert Insights on Calculating Operator Needs in The Chemical Industry

Sept. 19, 2023
This episode discusses an innovative approach to calculating operator needs and the impact of automation on staffing in the process industry.

Researchers Develop Highly Efficient TREC System to Convert Low-Grade Heat into Usable Energy

Sept. 15, 2023
Potential applications for TREC systems include wearable technologies.

University of Houston Aims to Transform Plastic Waste Management

Sept. 15, 2023
Grant-backed project will tackle the challenges with polyolefins through a three-pronged approach.

Video: Frog-Like Robot Is Powered by Methane

Sept. 15, 2023
Cornell researchers tap energy storage that surpasses lithium-ion batteries

Chemical Processing Book Club: Discover Industrial Chemical Separation Insights

Sept. 8, 2023
A candid conversation with authors Tim Frank and Bruce Holden on historical perspective, key features and insights from personal experience in the chemical industry.

Podcast: Game-Based Learning Revolutionizes Process Safety Education in the Chemical Industry

Sept. 6, 2023
In our latest episode, we sit down with Dr. Cheryl Bodnar, one of the brilliant minds behind "Contents Under Pressure," an immersive game designed to teach process safety. Discover...