On the need to publish more case histories


  • Trevor A. Kletz

    1. Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Technology, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU England
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    • Trevor Kletz studied chemistry at Liverpool University and joined ICI in 1944. His first seven years were spent on research, mainly on infra-red spectroscopy, and in 1952 he was transferred to Oil Works as manager of the iso-octane plant. He remained in Oil Works, apart from a two-year spell in Technical Department, until 1967 carrying out various jobs and gradually working his way up to assistant works manager. In 1968 he was appointed Petrochemicals Division's first technical safety adviser with particular responsibility for process safety. He has taken a special interest in the application of quantitative methods to safety problems. He retired from ICI in 1982 and joined The University of Technology, Loughborough.


Oil and chemical industries are less willing, than in the past, to make reports of accidents public. This is unfortunate because it is in the interest of the whole chemical industry to make accounts of accidents public. Preventative measures, and plant safety budgets, are adopted by the study of accident reports.