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Mr. Howlett's books have become the primary resource for successful plant operations in many industries throughout the United States and abroad. The Industrial Operator's Handbook, 2nd Edition, TECHSTAR's flagship publication, is a standard reference for industries from nuclear power plants to oil refineries. Hop's Maintenance and the Safety Envelope, a companion book to The Industrial Operator's Handbook, helps industries' technical workforce achieve greater productivity through reduced maintenance errors. Finally, his Trustworthy Leaders book has helped numerous facilities to clarify and enhance their management teams, training their leaders from relief foreman to CEO. These books are a must read for anyone in industry.

The Industrial Operator’s Handbook, Second Edition

The 20th Century saw commercial and industrial disasters ranging from the sinking of R.M.S. Titanic sinking in 1912 to Challenger and Chernobyl in 1986. In 1989 the Exxon-Valdez grounded in Prince William Sound, spilling 256,000 barrels of oil, and in the same year a high density polyethylene plant exploded, killing 23.

Accidents seem unavoidable. But did you know that more than five people had ample opportunity to prevent the Exxon-Valdez oil spill? Each could have taken a different, simple action, any one of which would have been sufficient to break the chain of events to make that accident impossible.

The Industrial Operator's Handbook demonstrates through actual case studies how most accidents-whether Chernobyl, a commuter plane crash, or a utility crew electrocution accident-all share strikingly similar causal components. And almost never is only one factor sufficient to cause disaster.

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Trustworthy Leaders Book

Trustworthy Leaders analyzes examples of leadership situations to determine effective and ineffective leadership techniques. Fundamental leadership principles, traits and skills are presented with real-world applications. The three-day course includes TECHSTAR's Temperament Questionnaire© and personality analysis.

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Maintenance and the Safety Envelope

Since first publication of The Industrial Operator's Handbook in 1995, we have been overwhelmed by the response of industry to the concepts presented in that work. Thousands of readers have consulted that text for application in their industries and thousands more (operators, maintenance technicians, laboratory analysts, engineers, and managers at all levels) have participated in the seminars we have presented.

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Human Performance Trilogy

Now get all three of Hop's best selling books in one package!

The Human Performance Trilogy is a useful supplement in your quest to reduce the accidents and close calls that are the result of human error. The Human Performance Trilogy consists of The Industrial Operator's Handbook, 2nd Edition, Maintenance and the Safety Envelope, and Trustworthy Leaders.

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Poster - Twelve Vital Skills©

By popular demand, TECHSTAR has made its Twelve Vital Skills© graphic used in The Industrial Operator’s Handbook into a high quality color wall poster. These posters are suitable for framing and hanging throughout your facility as a reminder of the underlying operating philosophy for successful industrial operations.

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These posters also make an excellent reference tool for in-house safety training.


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