David Blake

Senior Safety and Risk Management Consultant

Mr. Blake is skilled in process development and start-up of processes and equipment in pilot, semi-works, and production facilities. He has managed the design, fabrication, construction, installation, and commissioning of pilot plant facilities, and is also proficient in hazardous waste storage and management practices. Mr. Blake process safety and risk management experience includes over 12 years in the organic chemical processing industry and 16 years of consulting, primarily working with processes for the destruction of chemical weapons.

He is proficient in identifying common hazards, recommending safeguards and interpreting applicable standards. Mr. Blake is skilled in preparing Standard Operating Procedures and Equipment Operating Procedures. He has also developed and conducted training and testing of operators on new process safety management procedures. Mr. Blake has managed the review and coordinated the assembly and delivery of comments from various disciplines on fabrication drawings, test plans, test reports, safety reviews, and the overall conduct of testing programs. He is experienced in plant design and construction activities such as technical oversight of a facility’s design, construction, and systemization, risk analysis, and cost and schedule estimation/evaluations. Mr. Blake is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Project Sampling

Facilitated numerous process hazard analyses (PHAs) using various hazard identification techniques, including HAZard and OPerability (HAZOP), layers of protection analysis (LOPA), pre-startup safety reviews (PSSR), What-if and Checklist techniques.

Completed production of all Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&IDs) using AutoCAD to complete HAZOP investigations and to meet OSHA Process Safety Management (PSM) requirements.

Experience in auditing organic chemical processing, explosive manufacturing, and power generation facilities to evaluate compliance with the OSHA PSM and EPA RMP standards.

Evaluated designs, fabrication, and testing for various “first-of-a-kind” technologies and other equipment, which included munitions treatment and washout, projectile/mortar disassembly, continuous stream treater, metal parts treater, rocket cutting machine, and rocket shear machine.

Designed and oversaw operations of processes that involved hazardous materials, including anhydrous ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, hydrochloric acid, formaldehyde, nitric acid, sulfuric acid, pyrophoric catalysts, known and suspected carcinogens, explosives, biological processing, cascade ventilation, evaporation, crystallization, and chemical neutralization.

Participated in performance assessments and surveillances evaluating the completeness and adequacy of the construction and systemization processes of the systems contractor in support of the government.


Willey, R. J. and Blake D. J., “Gas Composition Measurements in Arc Heated Flowfields via Mass Spectrometry”. Journal of Thermophysics and Heat Transfer, Vol. 5, pp. 150-156, April-June 1991.


Northeastern University
M.S. Chemical Engineering

Northeastern University
B.S.Chemical Engineering