COLLEGE STATION, Texas, April 20, 2011 – Regents Professor and Director of the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center at Texas A&M University M. Sam Mannan was recently featured in a CBS national news story for his research involving developing a national system of state-based surveillance measures in order to more effectively prevent and mitigate the consequences of hazardous substance-related incidents.
The CBS report “Oil spills, leaks happen daily across U.S.” featured Mannan, who commented on research he and center colleagues published as a white paper titled, “Developing a Roadmap for the Future of National Hazardous Substances Incident Surveillance.”
“If you don’t even know how many releases are occurring, if you don’t even know what the overall consequences are, you can not answer the question of whether we are safe enough.” Mannan stated in the nationally televised report.
An excerpt from the executive summary of the white paper on which Mannan based his comments states, “Currently, the United States is not yet utilizing all the tools at its disposal to prevent, as well as mitigate, the consequences of hazardous substance incidents. In order to properly manage something, it must be measured. Currently, the US does not even have an estimate of the magnitude of the consequences of hazardous substance releases.”
The full paper may be downloaded at: http://pscfiles.tamu.edu/library/center-publications/white-papers-and-position-statements/Developing%20a%20Roadmap%20for%20the%20Future%20of%20National%20Hazardous%20Substances%20Incident%20Surveillance.pdf
Holder of the T. Michael O’Connor Chair I in Texas A&M’s Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering, Mannan is a professional engineer and certified safety professional. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration and National Fire Protection Association.
In addition to his many professional honors and achievements, Mannan has provided testimony on multiple occasions to Congress, served as a consultant to numerous entities in both the academic and private sectors, including the Columbia Accident Investigation Board.
View CBS News report: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7362587n