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Author's profile photo John Harrison

Boy, the chemical industry has come a long way!!

Just ran across this:

The  Process Man aka The Chemical Workers Song aka the ICI song.


Written in 1964 By Ron Angel to point out the problems in working in chemical factories in the 19th century. A time when the factories were not a safe nor healthy place to work in.  At that time there were no health and safety regulations and most of the workers were uneducated. And typical of the time it was thought that there was no need to protect the workers as they could easily be replaced.

While we might complain about some of the regulations, rules, processes that we are required to go through today, they are there for a reason. With new people entering the industry who have never know a time when the safety process were not in place and industry’s great focus on a safe and healthy environment, I think that it is important to reflect on how much the industry has improve over the years.

Personally I find if I understand why I am doing something, it is easier to remember. Knowing the impact of not having these rules in place certainly makes them easier to follow.

After all:

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana (1863 – 1952)

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