Tag Archives: safety

Operations Insight: Texmark Chemicals refinery of the future

This insight appears on HPE’s website.  Texmark manufactures the polymer dicyclopentadiene (DCPD), which is used to make everything from ink to boats.  But refining the product is hazardous, because it involves highly reactive chemicals and  requires a great deal of … Continue reading

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Violence in the public workplace

One aspect of the ‘dark side’ of operations is violence in the workplace.  And some of the most potentially violent places to work are in the public sector, as this BBC article illustrates.  The data is disturbing: 1 in 19 … Continue reading

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Safe-T needles – designed to prevent error

Safe-T is starting manufacture of a new type of needle designed to prevent injuries and infections to patients who have injections.  The needle is designed to automatically retract from the patient and it is then sealed in a plastic case, … Continue reading

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Not all crises can be managed…

This report in The Caterer explains why an historic Ludlow hotel has had to go into administration as a result of a Legionnaires outbreak.  It is a timely reminder that not all crises can be successfully managed and that a … Continue reading

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All you need to know about modular construction

This article on the buildings.com website caught my eye for two reasons.  First, we use housebuilding to provide insight into alternative process types in our book (page 66) and second I’ve not blogged about the construction sector for some time. … Continue reading

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“NHS medication errors contribute to as many as 22,000 deaths a year”

This was this morning’s headline news in the press and on TV and radio.  So given that this is a mainstream operations management issue, I thought I’d look into it.  It raises some interesting points. I started by trying to … Continue reading

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2017 was safest year on record for commercial passenger air travel

Earlier this month Reuters reported that 2017 was the safest year on record for commercial passenger jet air travel.  There were no accidental deaths last year (compared with 16 accidents and 303 deaths in 2016).  This means on average there … Continue reading

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Kobe Steel’s customers’ quality challenge

Kobe Steel has admitted that for the last ten years it has been falsifying quality test data on its products, including copper and aluminium sheeting, iron ore powder, steel wire, and copper tubing.  Kobe’s customers include most of the major … Continue reading

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Coming to an air space near you? Flying pizzas, paparazzi and train robbers!

We’re a fan of Domino’s Pizza UK.  After all, this operator is the end of chapter 1 case study and is one of the four companies that feature on the videos that accompany our book.  But we take with a pinch of … Continue reading

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UK to set up a Food Crime Unit to combat food counterfeiters

Excellent report on the BBC website concerning the setting up of a Food Crime Unit (FCU).  I blogged recently about the development of smart chop sticks, developed in response to food scandals in China.  The FCU is to be set … Continue reading

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