SOCMA To Host First U.S. EHS&S & Sustainability National Conference in Houston May 18th

Safety Expert Dr. Mannan to Deliver Keynote Address

March 16, 2011

Media Contact:
Christine Sanchez
Manager, Public Relations & Media
(202) 721-4182

Washington, DC – In response to the chemical industry’s growing interest in sustainability practices, the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) plans to address the issue during a national conference featuring Dr. M. Sam Mannan, a chemical engineering professor and an acclaimed safety expert.

Hosted by SOCMA’s ChemStewards® program, the 2011 EHS&S and Sustainability Conference will focus on the concept of sustainability and how it is defined for small and medium-sized chemical companies. Speakers from the US government, academia and industry will address the issue from a practical standpoint and cover how companies are changing their business models accordingly.

“ChemStewards was founded on the principles of sustainability and continuous improvement six years ago,” said SOCMA’s ChemStewards Director J. Holland Jordan, Ph.D.   “To that end, we decided to bring the best and the brightest in the industry together to discuss the immediate impact of sustainability on their business and what changes they intend to make in the future.”

Dr. Mannan, who will deliver the keynote address, is Regents Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at Texas A&M University and Director of the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center. He is highly visible within the process safety community and well-known throughout the chemical industry worldwide. He is the recipient of numerous recognitions and awards and is recognized as one of the best minds on chemical process safety.

The conference will be held on May 18 at the Hilton America’s in Houston, TX in partnership with the Informex Specialty Conference. Members of the media may register for this event at no cost by contacting Christine Sanchez at 202-721-4182.

For more information on ChemStewards, visit the SOCMA website.


SOCMA is the only U.S. based trade association dedicated solely to the batch, custom and specialty chemical industry. Since 1921, we have represented a diverse membership of small, medium and large chemical companies, making us the leading authority on this sector. SOCMA has a global membership of more than 200 companies. For more information on our services and products, please visit

ChemStewards® is SOCMA’s flagship environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) continuous performance improvement program.  ChemStewards was created from industry’s commitment to reducing our environmental footprint.  Industry created ChemStewards to meet the unique needs of the batch, custom, and specialty chemical industry. As a mandatory requirement for SOCMA members engaged in the manufacturing or handling of chemicals, ChemStewards is helping participants reach for superior EHS&S performance.  To learn more visit