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Safety Management A human approach 2nd edn by D. Petersen Aloray Inc New York (1988). 380 pages

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was one? Did a different author write (edit?) each chapter? It reads as a very
coherent volume and has obviously had a guiding hand.
In 1989 the CCPS published the Guidelines for Technical Management of
Chemical Process Safety, this work developed a model for a safety management
system characterized by 12 elements. The subject of this book is one of those
elements, namely audits and corrective actions. The first three chapters provide
guidance for management of the audit program. The next nine chapters discuss the
auditing of the elements in a comprehensiveprocess safety management system.
The main problem with this book is that it is lacking examples of the
implementation of such a system, or case studies. It is as the title states:
"Guidelines". It contains checklists, flowcharts, lists of factors to consider, etc., a
wealth of useful information. It is a reference source, but it does not make for
particularly interesting reading. Some practical examples would have been a
welcome addition. The danger of presenting guidelines is that people may be
tempted not to look beyond them at the needs and conditions applying to the
particular system. As Kletz pointed out (see review above) we need to get people to
use the knowledge already available. One final point, the price of El06 for 163
pages seems rather steep! It will hardly be surprising (although of course not
condoned) if the copyright pirates take the illegal photocopying alternative at about
10% of the cost.
Martyn S. Ray
Techniques of Safety Management: A systems approach, 3rd edn, by D.
Petersen, Aloray Inc, New York (1989). 414 pages. ISBN 0-913690-14-7.
Safety Management: A human approach, 2nd edn, by D. Petersen, Aloray Inc,
New York (1988). 380 pages. ISBN 0-913690-12-0.
These are companion volumes, and Figure 1.1 in the Introduction to the first book
shows the integration of the material between the two volumes. The first book
(previous editions in 1971 and 1978) is divided into five sections (plus appendices)
covering Safety Concepts; Managing Safety; Proactive, Reactive and Other System
Elements (3 separate sections). The second book contains six parts (plus
appendices) covering Motivation: The Company: The Safety System; and other
topics.
The books are well written, they are informative and contain a wealth of
information, and they concentrate on principles and concepts. But why aren't they
more interesting reading? Mainly because they lack the case study elements that
make other texts and journal papers so fascinating. These books are the classic rexts,
but compared to the short concise writings of Kletz they are not going to be so
widely read or enjoyed. Kletz provides examples and situations and gets the reader
to consider actions, results and effects - and possible ways to avoid problems. These
books do the same but the examples are missing, and that is the main problem.
There is nothing essentially wrong with these books, they would make good
student reading as they are written at the correct level for a wide readership in terms
of abilities and experience. The price is also quite reasonable at f42.50 and f38.50
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respectively. My recommendation is to get these books but also to photocopy some
of Kletz's journal articles as supplementary reading to intersperse with the theory.
Even better, buy the latest Kletz monograph (reviewed above).
Maltyn s. Ray
Quality Assurance: A guide to the application of IS0 9001 to process plant
projects, including a copy of BSI 5750: Part UISO 9001, Institution of Chemical
Engineers, UK (1993).41 page guide plus BSI 5750 (7 pages). ISBN 0-85295-300-3.
This IChemE guide is edited by F. Owen and D. Maidment and is a guide to the
application of IS0 9001 to process plant projects. It is a guide to the use of Quality
Assurance (QA) and Total Quality Management ('TQM) as set out in BSI 5750,and
applied to the chemical industry in conjunction with the international standard IS0
9OOO series. This series is the formalised QA management system. The price is f29
which for 48 pages will probably also lead to significant illegal photocopying. This
guide is meant to compliment the IChemE Red and Green Books on contracts.
The guide is very well organised and presented, and begins with a brief
introduction, scope, references and definitions. The main body of the book is
Section 4 (35 pages) divided into 20 sub-sections corresponding directly to the
sections in BSI 5750,Part 1. This section covers a wide range of aspects of chemical
plant projects such as design control; purchasing; inspection and testing; process
control; etc. This book is a must for anyone involved in the implementation and
use/compliance with QA and TQM principles and systems.
Also included in this package (in a boxed folder) is a copy of the standard BSI
5750; Part 1: 1987 / ISO9001-1987/ EN29001-1987,namely BS Quality Systems.
Part 1 covers the specification for design/development, production, installation and
servicing (7 pages). This guide is an excellent reference source and essential for the
1990s.
m
y
n s. Ray
Computer-Controlled Batch Processing, by P. Sawyer, Institution of Chemical
Engineers, UK (1993). 177 pages. ISBN 0-85295-295-3.
The author has extensive experience in this area and has published many articles
(often in The Chemical Engineer, IChemE). This book is a welcome addition to the
IChemE publication list As with many of their "design" guides it is intended to
whet the appetite, provide an insight into the current state of development, and
provide a reasonably concise (177pages here) overview of the subject. Paul Sawyer
is an appropriate choice of author having been awarded an IChemE Industrial
Fellowship to prepare this guide. He identifies relevent and important aspects, and
he describes the important aspects in a clear and concise way.
The book is divided into 6 chapters followed by 3 case studies. Of course, in
many ways it is the latter that make the most interestingreading. I would have been
quite happy with an entire book of case studies! That is not to say that the book is
dry - it is remarkably easy reading even for those not working in the field of
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