Inaugural International Workshop Aims to Enhance Process Safety Research

Key discussions generated from a first-of-its-kind international workshop on process safety research are helping to guide future research endeavors in the field.

Held at Texas A&M University, the inaugural “Process Safety Research Agenda for the 21st Century” provided the opportunity for authorities on process safety from 17 countries to exchange knowledge on critical issues facing the process safety field. The workshop was sponsored by the Texas A&M University System Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center.

“The two days [of the workshop] were highly successful and exceeded all expectations for broad agreement on key process safety research that should be pursued and funded on a global basis,” said M. Sam Mannan, director of the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center and regents professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M.

At the workshop, nearly 40 participants engaged in a series of thought-provoking presentations and discussions, which positioned the group to outline key topics that were then pursued by various breakout groups.

Proceedings of the meeting are being prepared, a summary of which will appear in the Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries (JLPPI).