Hazards 27 Conference

IChemE’s Hazards conference series brings the process safety community together to share best practice, latest developments and lessons learned. First staged in 1960, Hazards is now widely recognised as Europe’s leading process safety event.

Aimed at anyone who is active in process safety and risk management, Hazards provides essential technical insight into how to improve process safety performance, and reduce the risk of  hazardous events, as well as excellent networking opportunities. Hazards is held annually in the UK and took place on 10–12 May 2017 at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Birmingham.

The Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center (MKOPSC) and the IChemE Safety Centre (ISC) are working together to develop a cohesive roadmap for the future of process safety, taking into account both industry, regulatory and academic requirements. Bringing together experts in process safety from across the world, this project will draft the basis for the roadmap and will then conduct global consultation with a range of stakeholders. This project will culminate in the release of a readable document in October 2017 at the World Chemical Engineering Congress in Barcelona.



The workshop the “Future of Process Safety” Workshop was Hazards 27 and presented by MKOPSC and the IChemE Safety Centre. In addition, Dr. Mannan presented “Studying the Relationship Between Inherently Safer Design and Equipment Reliability” and Dr. Luc Vechot presented “Existing Challenges in Incorporating Process Safety Management in Developing Countries and Ways to Overcome” for MKOPSC postdoc Yogesh Koirala and intern Andres Hernandez. Dr. Vechot also presented research from MKOPSC-Qatar “Assessment of the Maximum Gas Generation Rate of a Gas Generating System under Runaway Conditions.

Finally, during Hazards 27, Dr. Mannan and Jon Pritchard, Chief Executive of IChemE, re-signed the MOU between the two institutions for another three years. The renewal of the MOU will ensure productive cooperation and continuation of collaborative projects, including the “Future of Process Safety”.