Formula 1 Analyst Opens Hazards 27 Safety Conference

By Chemical Processing Staff

May 05, 2017

Europe’s Hazards 27 process safety conference opens in Birmingham UK next week, with over 300 process safety specialists from a variety of industries. Organized by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) in association with the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center, Hazards 27 will focus on the crucial topic of process safety competence and continued learning. 

This year’s conference will include several high-level keynote presentations from a variety of speakers. Formula 1 Analyst, Mark Gallagher, will open the conference on Wednesday, May 10 with the Trevor Kletz memorial lecture, drawing parallels between risk management in the world of motorsport and the process industries.

Other keynote speakers include Unilever’s process safety operations manager, Malcolm Sarstedt, who will give an account of his experience developing a new approach to process safety in the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry. Process safety adviser at BASF, Chris Beale will also provide insight into managing process safety across BASF’s 40 sites in North West Europe, ranging from high-hazard chemical plants, to low-hazard material recovery sites. In addition, Shell’s HSSE downstream vice president, Sally Martin will discuss process fundamentals, and Marsh Energy’s London risk engineering hub leader, Jasper Clark, will provide a presentation on risk engineering.

The extensive program includes over 60 talks from experienced engineers, researchers and regulators working in the area of process safety. Notable sessions include Dr Flynn’s analysis of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill and how the global industry has applied lessons learned. There will also be a special IChemE session on the Professional Process Safety Engineer registration; reportedly the only globally recognized process safety qualification for engineers, held on Thursday, May 11. Delivering a talk on bridging the gap between occupational health and safety (OHS) and process safety is Director of the IChemE Safety Center Trish Kerin. The talk follows the launch of two new chapters published in the OHS Body of Knowledge, aimed at improving process safety knowledge in the OHS sector.

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