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Increased Importance Placed on Process Safety

National Safety Symposium to offer opportunity to share best practices, hear from industry experts

“The (National Chemical Safety Symposium – Hosted by ChemStewards) and workshop covered many valuable topics in a practical manner. We learned many ways to look beyond the obvious to assess and manage hazards in our processes. Jerry Jones’s extensive process safety experience and knowledge was presented in a way that could be applied to virtually any chemical process.”

- Bryan Shaffer, Production Manager, McGean

Over the past several years, process safety has become increasingly important, especially in the chemical industry. Today companies, both large and small, put a premium on improving their process safety performance. As an advocate of process safety, ChemStewards® believes its importance to the individual, organization and community should be understood by all employees. And, everyone should have an awareness of his/her responsibilities with respect to their process safety performance. The National Chemical Safety Symposium, developed six years ago by ChemStewards, provides a primary forum for all industry peers – operations, maintenance and health, safety and security (HSE) disciplines – to share practical and technological advances in all aspects of process safety.

As a host of several events throughout the year, SOCMA and ChemStewards create value-driven roundtables and conferences on many hot industry topics. Requested once again by members, process safety will be a major focus at the 2017 National Chemical Safety Symposium in Houston, TX, October 11-12. These types of educational sessions allow opportunities for sharing best practices as well as interactive dialogue between SOCMA members. Every manufacturer should be continually improving by promoting a process safety culture and risk-based management system. During the two-day event participants will discuss good practices and major threats that affect operations and ways to minimize this organizational deviance.  

Bryan Shaffer, a Production Manager at McGean, who has attended numerous symposiums, said that “in addition to the many topics that were applicable to improving safety programs, the National Meeting was an excellent opportunity to network with others and learn from other companies that face similar challenges balancing regulatory compliance, employee and process safety while meeting company objectives.”

The two day-event will kick off on October 11 with a Legislative and Regulatory Roundtable meeting hosted by SOCMA’s Government Relation team followed by a Safety Symposium workshop in the afternoon led by Jerry L. Jones, a Chemical Engineering Consultant with AIChE Center for Chemical Process Safety. He will share insight on the areas organizations must focus on to continually improve:

  • Organizational Culture Committed to Operational Excellence
  • Integrated Management System Framework Driven Daily by Risk Considerations
  • Continual Learning with Focused Competency Development Based on Risk
  • Conduct of Operations with All Engaged to Minimize “Organizational Drift”
  • Effective Ongoing Stakeholder Engagement
There will also be small-group breakout sessions during the workshop, where participants will discuss case studies on the root causes of several chemical plant incidents, as well as the use of proactive approaches (e.g. looking for incident warning signs) to drive excellence in conduct of operations and detect and correct “organizational drift.”


Other topics include:

  • Regulatory Updates
  • Process Safety Cultures
  • Safe Work Practices in the Chemical Process Industry
  • Panel Discussion on Process Safety Challenges Facing Small Chemical Companies

    Who Should Attend?
    This workshop will be valuable to those at all levels of operations management, as well as engineering/technical support, environmental, health and safety, and quality assurance professionals in small to medium-sized chemical enterprises.
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