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by Bob Latino

Updated: February 11, 2022

What is ‘Reliability Engineering’​?

Reading Time: 3 minutes What is ‘Reliability Engineering’​? I have been very involved recently with ongoing LI discussions with respected and noted experts in the Safety community, revolving around
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by Bob Latino

Updated: November 17, 2023

People Forget to Be Afraid…

Reading Time: 3 minutes “Preventing process accidents requires vigilance. The passing of time without a process accident is not necessarily an indication that all is well and may contribute to
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by Bob Latino

Updated: April 23, 2024

A Different View of the Swiss Cheese Model

Reading Time: 4 minutes Much has been written about James Reason’s original Swiss Cheese Model described in his book Managing the Risks of Organizational Accidents. Figure 1 is a basic representation
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by Bob Latino

Updated: January 5, 2022

Is System’s Thinking Critical to Root Cause Analysis’s (RCA) Success?

Reading Time: 11 minutes Is System’s Thinking Critical to Root Cause Analysis’s (RCA) Success? Put another way, can RCA be successful without the incorporation of system’s thinking? What prompted
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by Bob Latino

Updated: January 5, 2022

Why Can’t Learning Teams (LT) & RCA Teams be Friends?

Reading Time: 7 minutes Why Can’t Learning Teams (LT) and RCA Teams be Friends?   A Little History About How I Came Across Learning Teams. A little over three
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by Bob Latino

Updated: April 23, 2024

What Does It Mean to Be ‘Safe’​?

Reading Time: 6 minutes So what does it mean to be ‘safe’? Is a company ‘safe’ because they have not had an OSHA recordable injury in say over a
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by Bob Latino

Updated: January 5, 2022

Do Learning Teams Make RCA Obsolete?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Originally published August 31, 2017.
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by Bob Latino

Updated: April 23, 2024

Understanding the Basics of Grease

Reading Time: 6 minutes Since lubricating oil can oxidize, so can the base oil in grease.  When the grease oxidizes, it usually darkens; there is a build-up of acidic
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by Bob Latino

Updated: April 23, 2024

Defining & Achieving the Reliability Culture

Reading Time: 31 minutes There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in
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by Bob Latino

Updated: May 25, 2023

Root Cause Analysis vs. Shallow Cause Analysis: What’s the Difference?

Reading Time: < 1 minute Does regulatory compliance with RCA guidelines ensure operational reliability? Operational Reliability involves the aggregation of Equipment, Process and Human Reliability methods and techniques. What is
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by Bob Latino

Updated: January 5, 2022

‘Fantasy’​ Maintenance: The Illusion of Best Practices

Reading Time: 4 minutes The following article was published in Plant Services earlier this year with the title, “Don’t get stuck in reactive mode – The world of fantasy
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by Bob Latino

Updated: May 2, 2024

Fatigue & Overload: Part II, 4 Mechanisms of Component Failure

Reading Time: 4 minutes Author’s Note: I want to reiterate that this Series about reading the basic fracture surfaces, is for novices who often come into contact with such
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