Monthly Archives: December 2017

Collaborative Process Safety: How to Steal Shamelessly And Get Away with it!

I have the coolest job at Celanese. In process safety, we save lives, protect the environment and preserve all our jobs by keeping bad things from happening in our manufacturing plants. This may seem like a rather bold statement, but consider the toxic gas release that occurred in Bhopal, India in 1984. The company which had the incident no longer exist.  The chemical industry was transformed in a positive way through regulations and voluntary improvements to the way we design, build, operate and maintain our manufacturing facilities.  The Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) was formed as a result of that incident. The field of process safety exists to prevent these low-probability, high-consequence incidents. The worst attitude we could adopt is to think “it can’t happen here.”

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Seeing Through Another Person’s Eyes at the Florence Facility

It was the middle of Summer. I had been leading the Florence Facility Pride Team for almost a year, and we had rolled out some great events and initiatives. This day, I was setting up the Town Hall room for a guest speaker through our ERG shared program called “Through One’s Eyes.”  It is a way for WIN, Young Professionals and Pride to bring true stories of the community to share in our message of diversity and inclusion. This month, it was Paula Ison, and she was going to speak about her life being transgender.

Paula began her life story and invited anyone to ask whatever they wished. No holds barred.  Many attendees asked some great questions, and then a man raised his hand.

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