Industrial Safety and Security Source (isssource.com) is a web-based information provider devoted solely to keeping manufacturers current on safety, cyber and physical security news, products, features, applications and trends.
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Incidents at a chemical plant in Bhopal, India and petroleum plant in Texas City, Texas speak volumes on the safety side.
In the classic December 1984 Bhopal disaster, the plant released a lethal amount of toxic gas resulting in the exposure of over 500,000 people. Within 72 hours over 10,000 people died. Just a couple of reasons cited for the entire incident were the failure of several safety systems (due to poor maintenance and regulations) and safety systems were switched off to save money, including one of the key tank refrigeration systems which alone would have prevented the disaster.
In March 2005, an explosion in an isomerization unit at the BP refinery in Texas City, Texas, killed 15 workers and injured more than 170 others. The blast consisted of a string of safety system failures and ignoring safety alarms. To date the blast in Texas City cost lives, plus over $2 billion in lawsuits, fines and damages. A government panel found BP’s safety culture was lacking. Unfortunately, the list goes on.
On the other side, security issues also affect the industry every day.
Companies across the board report their networks and control systems are under cyber attack almost daily. Assaults run the gamut from massive DDOS attacks designed to shut down systems all the way to stealthy efforts to enter networks undetected.
The culprits run the gamut from foreign governments to vandals, to organized crime enterprises. And the main question is are manufacturers prepared?
Cyber security should now be a part of the corporate culture, like safety. One of the goals for ISSSource is to help manufacturers be prepared for what could be just around the corner.
Editor and Founder Gregory Hale has over 30 years in the publishing industry covering manufacturing automation for 10 years as the Chief Editor of InTech magazine. Prior to starting at InTech in 1999, Hale was the Editor in Chief at Post-Newsweek’s Reseller Management magazine. In addition, he is the co-author of the book, “Automation Made Easy” “Everything You Wanted to Know About Automation – and Need to Ask”.