Practical Implementation Issues Regarding Process Safety Management

– Held at 2015 Turbomachinery and Pump Symposium (TPS 2015)

Instructor: Dr. Ray Mentzer
September 14, 2015
George R. Brown Convention Center
Houston, TX

Serious process safety related industrial incidents continue to happen both domestically and internationally. Here in the US these include the BP Macondo GOM spill in 2010, and West, TX fertilizer incident in 2013. Such incidents continue to happen despite the promulgation of OSHA PSM (Process Safety Management, 29CFR1910.119) and EPA RMP (Risk Management Plan, 40 CFR Part 68) over two decades ago. While most organizations do a sound job tracking personnel safety performance, they are often found to be monitoring the wrong indicators, with leading and lagging process safety metrics neither tracked nor reported. More broadly, many organizations of various sizes and shapes have serious shortcomings in the effective implementation of process safety programs, as well as competency in executing the programs. Serious multi-million and multi-billion dollar process safety incidents arise at times due to such shortcomings. Furthermore, learnings from the analysis of these incidents are all too frequently re-learned by individual companies, as well as industry.

This training will provide an overview of what process safety management entails, including an understanding of the 14 elements of OSHA PSM. There will be a thorough discussion of the four elements most frequently cited as shortcomings in the investigation of major incidents: process hazards / risk analysis, mechanical integrity, operating procedures and management of change. The content of the training is comprehensive and provides case studies of incidents, relating root causes to implementation issues with the elements of the process safety program.

Who Should Attend

Those interested in Chemical Process Safety – engineers, technicians, operators, etc. This includes process engineers, design engineers, plant safety engineers, those involved in process safety management, risk management, rotating equipment, operations, as well as lead operators of chemical manufacturing units or petroleum refining units, maintenance foremen, plant related managers, property insurance professionals, and related roles.

About the Instructor

Dr. Mentzer

Dr. Mentzer has been a lecturer in the Chemical Engineering Department of Texas A&M University since November of 2008, following a +28 year career with ExxonMobil. He teaches the senior level ‘Chemical Process Safety’ course, as well as ‘Industrial Safety & Health Management’. He is engaged in a wide variety of process safety research activities as a member of the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center. The research includes, process safety management & metrics, risk assessment, safety culture & resilience, downhole drilling safety, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) fire-related studies. Prior to joining MKOPSC, Dr. Mentzer was the Safety, Health, Environment and Security manager for ExxonMobil Development Company, located in Houston, TX. In this role, he was responsible for managing a group of 150 professionals, providing technical support to ~16 ExxonMobil upstream projects world-wide, each with a budget of >$1B.

Related Links
2015 Turbomachinery and Pump Symposium