COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Sept. 6, 2012 – M. Sam Mannan, regents professor and director of the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center at Texas A&M University, is scheduled to discuss the potential impact of a national regulatory management system for the oil and gas industry Sept. 20-21 at a public stakeholder meeting sponsored by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
The two-day meeting will take place at the College of the Mainland in Texas City and is slated to begin at 9 a.m. in the LRC auditorium on campus. The event is aimed at exploring the use of performance-based, goal-oriented regulatory programs in the United States.
In addition to representatives from OSHA, delegates from a number of agencies with jurisdiction over onshore and offshore oil and gas operations will be in attendance, including those from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Department of Transportation.
Mannan is an internationally recognized expert on process safety and risk assessment. A professional engineer and certified safety professional, he is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Society of Safety Engineers, the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration and the National Fire Protection Association.
In addition to his many professional honors and achievements, Mannan has served as a consultant to numerous entities in both the academic and private sectors and has testified before the U.S. Congress on multiple occasions, lending his expertise on matters of national security as it relates to chemical safety and infrastructure. Mannan is a co-author of “Guidelines for Safe Process Operations and Maintenance” and editor of the third and fourth editions of “Lees Loss Prevention in the Process Industries,” the authoritative reference on process safety and loss prevention.