Dec. 3, 2020


Description

The Process Safety Management (PSM) systems at the operating facilities in the Oil & Gas and in Chemical manufacturing industries have matured over the years and have become, at most facilities, very robust and sophisticated. These programs are administrated by Process Safety (PS) teams at both the corporate business units and plant levels and have been effective in reducing the number and severity of PS events across the industries over the past 25 years or so. Incidents however are occurring at a regular interval and in recent times several noteworthy PS events have occurred in the United States which have brought into question the effectiveness of the PSM programs at play. These facilities have been applying their PSM programs with the expectation that the number and severity of PS events would decrease over time. The expected result has not been realized, especially in context to those facilities that have undergone the recent incidents. This presentation will provide a review of several accident trends from Oil & Gas and Chemical manufacturing industries. Several factors at play that have led to these PS events has been identified based on experience, literature review, and incident investigation reports. Most of the factors are intertwined with multiple PSM elements and it requires a holistic approach to address them. Each of the factors will be discussed and the path forward proposed to improve the effectiveness of PSM programs.


Featured Speakers

Speaker: Dr. Stewart Behie, Interim Director, Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center, Texas A&M University
Speaker Dr. Stewart Behie, Interim Director, Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center, Texas A&M University
Stewart Behie is the Interim Director of the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center and a Professor of Practice at the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Texas A&M University. Before joining Texas A&M University in November 2019, Dr. Behie was the Manager, Safety and Process Risk in the corporate …

Stewart Behie is the Interim Director of the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center and a Professor of Practice at the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Texas A&M University. Before joining Texas A&M University in November 2019, Dr. Behie was the Manager, Safety and Process Risk in the corporate HES Risk group in Oxy’s Houston office. Prior to this role, he was the Manager Asset Integrity / HES Training and Development at Oxy, responsible for the training program for new engineering and technical hires to prepare them for roles in a BU. Before joining Oxy, Dr. Behie worked in the Middle East for 10 years in Qatar (Dolphin Energy Limited) and UAE (Zakum Development Company). Dr. Behie also has experience in workin as the Senior Risk Specialist / Safety Engineer for Petro-Canada’s East Coast Operations in St. John’s, NF working on the Terra Nova project, the first FPSO on the Grand Banks off Newfoundland. Dr. Behie holds Bachelor, Masters and doctoral degrees in Chemical Engineering. He has been an avid sportsman all of his life, having played and coached university football, junior hockey and rode in the MS 150.

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Organizer

Dr. Zohra Halim

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Date and Time

Thu, Dec. 3, 2020

noon - 1 p.m.
(GMT-0600) US/Central

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    $20.00
    (ends 12/03/2020)
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    $15.00
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