Safety Culture Panel (Holland Jordan Moderator)

A Strong Process Safety Culture leads to Strong Process Safety Performance

Process Safety Culture: An organization’s process safety culture is founded on its underlying values regarding process safety. This presentation will allow you to consider key principles such as: Establishing process safety as a core value; Providing strong leadership; Establish and enforce high standards of process safety performance; Maintain a sense of vulnerability; Empower individuals to successfully fulfill their safety responsibilities; Ensure open and effective communications; Establish a questioning / learning environment; Provide timely response to process safety issues and concerns and maintain process safety competency. Acceptable behaviors must be modeled at all levels of the organization through leadership by example. While Process Safety Culture is not required by regulation, it is well recognized by industry as a key component in a sites process safety management system. Here is an opportunity to gain an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of your organizations process safety culture.

Presented by Don Abrahamson

Donald W. (Don) Abrahamson
Abrahamson Consulting LLC
2206 Castell Manor Dr., Katy, TX 77494
Phone: 972-514-9718 Email:


Don has over forty nine years of experience in the Chemical, Petrochemical and Oil and Gas Industry. He is a CCPS Certified Process Safety Professional (CCPSC). He is also Certified Process Safety Auditor (CPSA) through The Institute of Internal Auditors. He started Abrahamson Consulting LLC, a Global Process Safety Company, in December of 2010. Prior to forming Abrahamson Consulting LLC, Don was Celanese’s Global Process Safety Manager. Prior to joining Celanese Don was the Director of Process Safety and Risk Engineering for Occidental Chemical Corporation During his career he has had the opportunity to work in a variety of areas including: process safety management, operations management, process safety engineering, technical management, quality assurance management, process development and research. With his many years of hands on process safety and engineering experience, Don is able to provide many effective process safety solutions to meet complex process safety requirements. Don started his career as a pilot plant technician. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Cleveland State University while working full time for Diamond Shamrock. He has four US patents from his research and development work. The Dallas AIChE Chapter recognized him as the 2010 Chemical Engineer of the Year for Outstanding Achievements in the Chemical Engineering Field. He has conducted PHAs, Audits, Incident Investigations and /or Training on three continents: Americas, Europe and Asia.

Safety Culture: The Human Side of Safety within an Organization

The Safety Culture of an organization is reflected in the behavior of its employees. Commonly accepted cultural norms drive the attitudes, beliefs and ideas that cause employees to take at-risk behavior. Developing a positive safety culture within an organization changes human behavior to improve and sustain organizational engagement, efficiency and safety. This process involves everyone from top leaders to front-line workers to be visibly committed and actively involved in safety. By quantitatively and qualitatively measuring the effectiveness of the safety culture, strengths and opportunities can be identified. Data, not assumptions, can then be used to develop a strategic plan to initiate accountability, recognition and ownership of safety processes.

Presented by Seth Bretscher

Seth BretscherAs a 30-year United States Air Force veteran and retired Colonel, Seth has executive operationally-focused experience, managed safety programs, investigated crashes and effectively implemented lean management processes. He is a dynamic and engaging instructor with experience teaching college level academic courses at Purdue University. He has led diverse teams of individuals and has proven to successfully implement strategic plans. Seth received his Master of Science from Chapman University and his Bachelor of Science from Indiana University.

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