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.

Regulatory Burdens, Barbie and Taylor Swift Impact the Chemical Industry

June 21, 2024
American Chemistry Council’s Chief Economist discusses the state of the chemical industry and what keeps her up at night.

Tips To Get Your Motor Running

June 19, 2024
Readers ask questions about their motors and our expert responds.

Podcast: Operator Training Do’s and Don’ts

June 14, 2024
On-the-job training seems efficient but there are better ways to train operators.

EPA Recognizes AkzoNobel’s Green Power

June 7, 2024
Paint manufacturer’s green power use is equivalent to the electricity use of more than 6,400 average American homes annually.

Podcast: Lessons Learned From Flixborough 50 Years Later

May 31, 2024
The Flixborough disaster in 1974 resulted in 28 fatalities and significant damage, leading to the introduction of management of change processes, improved asset integrity practices...

Podcast: Hazardous Lies: Former Safety Investigator Pens Fictional Thriller

May 14, 2024
Stephen J. Wallace’s novel is set in an ethylene production facility where an explosion kills workers. Plant management, emboldened by powerful political allies, scramble to hide...

Podcast: Lessons Learned From the Deadly Formosa Explosion

April 30, 2024
The incident at Formosa Plastics in 2004 highlighted critical lessons in process safety. Human factors, communication gaps and inadequate equipment played significant roles in...

Tips To Navigate ChemicalProcessing.com and See Stars

April 22, 2024
Consider me your cruise director for our site. Welcome aboard – we’ve been expecting you.

Podcast: How To Succeed at Process Safety Management — 10 Rules

April 16, 2024
Based on his many years in the chemical industry and his years at the CSB, John Bresland developed a “top 10” list of rules for process safety success.

Podcast: How Storytelling Improves Operator Performance

April 12, 2024
From knowledge capture and transfer to making technical information understandable and engaging, storytelling aids in retaining tacit knowledge and contextual understanding and...

Podcast: 7 Steps To Better Cybersecurity

March 19, 2024
This short list will help your organization get moving on more robust cybersecurity practices.

Operator Training Podcast: Remove Team Performance Barriers

March 15, 2024
Psychological safety is crucial for effective team environments, allowing individuals to speak up and admit uncertainty without fear of reprisal. Tools such as self-assessment...

Engage Your 2028 Workforce Now

March 6, 2024
Finding operators and engineers to continue where Baby Boomers left off is a contest-winning proposition.

Podcast: Lessons Learned from Boeing’s 737 MAX Crisis

March 5, 2024
Boeing was known for its engineering excellence until a focus on profitability took over. Properly documenting management of change and recognizing weak signals could have prevented...

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.

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