8:30 am Breakfast and Networking
9:00 am Welcome and Introductions
Jennifer Abril, President and CEO of SOCMA and Joe Dettinger, Senior Manager of Compliance & Stewardship
9:10 am ChemSector Update
Paul Hirsh, SVP, Industry Development & Strategic Partnership of SOCMA
9:30 am Metrics: Leading vs Lagging Indicators
Louisa A. Nara, CCPSC, CCEP, Global Technical Director for AIChE’s Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS)

An essential element of any improvement program is the measure of existing and future performance. Within this session, we will discuss three types of metrics: “Lagging” Metrics – a retrospective set of metrics based on incidents that meet the threshold of severity.; “Leading” Metrics – a forward looking set of metrics which indicate the performance of the key work processes, operating discipline, or layers of protection that prevent incidents.; and, “Near Misses”– the description of less severe incidents or unsafe conditions which activated one or more layers of protection.

A brief overview on metrics will focus on; the definitions of each type; why they are important; who should monitor, record and evaluate metrics; and, how to construct a program. A discussion and Q&A will follow for SMEs in both private and public companies on where / how metrics are used. An electronic copy of the CCPS Publication - Process Safety Leading and Lagging Metrics …You Don’t Improve What You Don’t Measure; A CCPS Global Industry Survey for Leading Indicators and a download of the CCPS Process Safety Incident Evaluation Tool will be provided to participants

10:15 am Break (Refreshments and Networking)
10:30 am Inside Washington: Latest Regulatory Developments Impacting U.S. Specialty Chemical Industry
Jared A. Rothstein, Senior Manager of Regulatory Affairs for SOCMA
11:00 am Root Cause Analysis and Corrective Action
Louisa A. Nara, CCPSC, CCEP, Global Technical Director for AIChE’s Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS)

A root cause analysis (RCA) is a formal investigation method that attempts to identify and address the management system failures that led to an incident. The goal of a RCA is to identify the underlying reasons the event was allowed to occur so that workable corrective actions can be implemented to help prevent recurrence of the event (or similar events).

During a short interactive workshop we will discuss different methods of Root Cause Analyses and include a team breakout session to conduct a simple RCA Example of a packaging and shipping incident. We will also discuss the importance of team selection and training; corrective action wording and timing; follow-up and record keeping systems; best practices and pitfalls to avoid.

12:00 pm Lunch and Networking
1:00 pm Culture Change
Louisa A. Nara, CCPSC, CCEP, Global Technical Director for AIChE’s Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS)

How do you know if you have a poor culture, a good culture or a great culture within your site and / or organization? And if it is not where you want it to be, how do you go about changing it?

Process safety culture has been defined as, “the combination of group values and behaviors that determine the manner in which process safety is managed”. More succinct definitions include, “How we do things around here,” “What we expect here,” and “How we behave when no one is watching.” In an especially sound culture, deeply held values are reflected in the group’s actions, and new members / employees are expected to endorse these values in order to remain part of the group.

This presentation / discussion will include a review of what is a process safety culture; the symptoms and causes of a poor or weak culture; how to build a strong culture and what leadership can do to strengthen the culture

1:45 - 4:00 pm Breakout Session / Sharing of Best Practices in small groups

Break out sessions in the importance of company culture and issues hindering positive culture change, analyzing metrics leading vs lagging indicators, performing root cause analysis and generating corrective actions

4:00 pm Closing Remarks
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