Foundations of Process Safety
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Foundations of Process Safety was developed by AIChE’s Center for Chemical Process Safety especially for companies looking to train chemical engineers in the fundamentals of Process Safety. It is widely used by corporate training departments across different sectors of the chemical enterprise. Companies large, small and in-between all use this course to ramp-up staff knowledge to a common level quickly and easily.
This intensive 4-day course is also offered periodically throughout the year to the broader chemical engineering public. Taught jointly by process safety veterans with decades of experience at major companies from the process industries, the course is highly interactive.
Every course is taught by two instructors, each with a minimum of 25 years experience. They cover key process safety areas including Risk Based Process Safety, Process Hazard Analysis, Regulatory Compliance and Process Safety in Plant and Design Operations.
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Jim Conner joined CCPS as a Staff Consultant in 2011. He has 35 years of experience in chemical process engineering, chemical manufacturing operations, and R&D across operations in Asia, Europe, Middle East, and North America. Most recently Jim held the position of Sr. Vice President, Operations for Enerkem, a solid waste-to-chemicals startup venture. Prior to Enerkem, he served as Vice President, Operations and Technology for Celanese, with responsibility for domestic and international operations and R&D facilities. He also was accountable for the design and startup of a world-...Read more
Don Abrahamson has over 40 years of experience in operations and engineering roles to draw from process safety management, operations management, process safety engineering, technical management, quality assurance management, process development and research. He recently retired from Celanese as the Global Process Safety Manager. He also worked for Occidental Chemical for over 32 years. He has conducted PHAs, Audits, Incident Investigations and /or Training on three continents: Americas, Europe and Asia. He has four US Patents from his work in research and development. He holds a BS in...Read more
With over 35 years of industrial experience. Steve Eason recently retired from Honeywell as Corporate Global Process Safety Manager. Steve developed and deployed Honeywell’s corporate PSM policies while implementing a comprehensive, global corporate PSM and RMP audit program. Steve previously served as Director of Engineering, Chemicals and Director Process Technology UF6 at Honeywell.
Before Honeywell, Steve was the Vice President Process Technology for E&J Gallo Winery where he led the implementation of chemical engineering principles into winemaking.
Steve’s 23 years...Read more
Walt Frank, PE has a BS degree in chemical engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He has over 40 years of experience in the chemical process industries, having held assignments in plant technical support, production supervision, R&D, major capital project design and startup, and process safety consulting.
His career includes 24 years with DuPont and ten years with ABS Consulting. He founded Frank Risk Solutions, Inc. in 1997. Walt’s consulting expertise includes process safety management program development, evaluation, and improvement; safety culture and...Read more
Alexandre Glitz retired from PETROBRAS, Brazilian Oil Company, after 35 years. He has a Civil Engineer degree and a post-graduation on Safety Engineering from Paraná Federal University (Brazil). His experience includes 25 years in an oil Refinery as Safety Engineer, Safety Manager and HSE Coordinator for new projects. At the company’s Corporate HSE he coordinated the implementation of Corporate HSE Guidelines (focus on occupational and process safety) and was the Corporate Safety Manager for 8 years until his retirement.
He worked in Paraná Fire Department as fire prevention and...Read more
Dennis C. Hendershot is a chemical engineer with 40 years of experience in process research and development, plant design and startup, and process safety. From 1970 until his retirement in 2005 as a Senior Technical Fellow, he worked at Rohm and Haas Company. He then joined Chilworth Technology Inc. as a Principal Process Safety Specialist (retiring again in 2009), and the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers as a Staff Consultant. With CCPS, he has worked with the Inherently Safer Design Subcommittee, the Risk Tolerance Criteria...Read more
John Herber joined CCPS in 2009 after a 33-year career with 3M Company that included positions in process and project engineering, production operations and corporate safety. In Corporate Safety Services, John developed programs for improving PSM systems across 3M’s global operations, including PSM metrics, Process Hazard Management policy and implementation guidance. As PSM consultant, John has performed audits, facilitated PHAs and assisted with PSM program development and training. John has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue.
CCPS projects: Process Safety Boot Camp Training...Read more
Jerry Jones, PE joined CCPS as a staff consultant in 2012. He has >40 years of experience across industry sectors including chemicals, polymers, pharmaceuticals, and electronics industry materials. He has worked in process development and engineering, plant design, EHS, and process safety functions and supported manufacturing operations in over a dozen countries while an employee of Monsanto, SRI International, Raychem, and Genentech/Roche. He has extensive experience with the implementation of risk-based management systems including those for process safety. He earned BS and ME degrees...Read more
B.Karthikeyan is a Chemical Engineer from Madras University, India, with over 35 years of experience in the chemical process industry and is a Senior member of the AIChE. He is the founder director of Prism Consultants, Chennai, India, established in 2001. His core areas of expertise include implementation of risk based process safety management as per current best practices, process safety training, incident investigations, process hazard analysis and PSM audits. He has provided consultancy services to over 100 chemical process industries in Asia-Pacific, Europe, South Africa and the...Read more
Brian Kelly, P Eng, joined CCPS in 2005 as a staff consultant after 34 years of service with Imperial Oil and Syncrude Canada Ltd. Brian received his BASc and MASc degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Ottawa (Canada). Brian has special expertise in Process Safety Management audits in oil, gas and chemical sectors, Process safety training programs, and investigation of significant process incidents. In addition to Brian’s many accomplishments, he is the 2010 recipient of the Chemical Institute of Canada’s Process Safety Award for his many years of outstanding service to...Read more
Ellen Lenz has over 30 years of experience in the chemical industry holding positions in project management, research and development, process safety, and operations during her 22 years at Lyondellbasell Industries and 9 years at BASF Corporation.
Ellen has expertise facilitating PHAs, developing process safety standards and guidelines, transferring process safety information across organizations, and EH&S auditing.
Ellen received a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland and a MBA from the College of William and Mary. Read more
Jack McCavit retired from Celanese Chemical Company after 35 years with experience in operations management and practical application of process safety management systems. Jack served as the BP Baker Panel’s technical project manager and was a part of the team that monitored BP’s implementation of the Baker Panel recommendations. Jack served as the committee chair for CCPS’s Guidelines for Risk Based Process Safety. He graduated from Texas Tech University with a BS in chemical engineering.Read more
John Murphy has more than 40 years of experience in chemical manufacturing and process safety with jobs in the chemical industry, consulting and government. He has retired from the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board where he served as lead investigator. John also retired from Dow Chemical Company where he was a leader in process safety.
He has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University and an MBA from Central Michigan University. John has special expertise in incident investigation and root cause analysis, reactive chemicals management, and process safety...Read more
Louisa Nara is the Technical Director of the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Louisa comes to AIChE/CCPS after 15 years with Bayer where she held positions of increasing responsibility including: Manager Process Safety and Crisis Management; Director of HSE, Security and Emergency Response at Bayer’s largest US Manufacturing site; and, Director, Risk Management and Compliance, NAFTA. Prior to joining Bayer, Louisa also gained significant experience in process safety, engineering, and HSE with Diamond Shamrock, PQ...Read more
Albert Ness joined CCPS in 2013 as a Process Safety Writer. Prior to that, Albert had 39 years of experience with Rohm and Haas, GE Plastics, The Dow Chemical Company and ABS Consulting as a research and development engineer in plastics, agricultural chemicals and Ion Exchange Resins and then, starting in 1989, as a process safety specialist. He was the Secretary/Treasurer and then a Director of the Safety and Health Division of the AIChE for 13 years, and a member of the NFPA 654 technical committee for combustible dusts for eight years as a representative from Rohm and Haas and then Dow...Read more
Dr. Norman Nibber has 30+ years experience in the energy industries including: Process Design, Process Safety, Insurance & Risk consulting, R&D, Industrial training, Teaching, and Process development. His experience covers a number of industrial sectors including: Heavy and Conventional Oil production including SAGD & Upgraders, Conventional Refining, Gas production & processing, Straddle and Fractionation, LPG, Olefins, Polyolefins, Styrene, Polystyrene, Vinyl Monomer, EDC, Ethylene Oxide, Acetic Acid, Sodium Chlorate, Methanol, Pulp & Paper, Chloro-alkali,...Read more
Frank Renshaw is a certified safety professional and certified industrial hygienist currently serving as an EHS consultant after 35 years with Dow Advanced Materials (formerly the Rohm and Haas Company).
He held various positions at Rohm and Haas including: EHS Director for Specialty Materials, Corporate Safety Director and Corporate Industrial Hygiene Director. He chaired the company’s Code of Safe Manufacturing Practice Committee, coordinated a business-wide initiative on closed system chemical operations, and led Major Accident Prevention studies involving acrylic coatings,...Read more
Bob is currently a Staff Consultant and Instructor for CCPS. Bob has over 15 years in chemical production management, five years in project and process engineering management and 20 years in the safety, health and environment area. From 1997 through 2003, he was the Director of Emergency Response and Issue Management for BASF Corporation in Mount Olive, NJ. Since 2003, Bob has done Occupational Safety, Process Safety and Emergency Response consulting. Prior to 1997, Bob worked for Merck, Polaroid, Story Chemical, and Polysar.
Bob received a B.Ch.E in 1966 from...Read more
Rich Sarnie is AIChE’s Director of CCPS Projects. Rich has over 30 years of risk management & safety experience in the manufacturing, transportation, mining and retail service industries working for companies such as OxyChem, Friendly Ice Cream, Engelhard and the Vitamin Shoppe.
Sarnie’s unique and innovative approaches to safety, risk management and loss prevention have earned him profiles in National Underwriter magazine, which called him the “Ideal Risk Manager,” and Risk and Insurance magazine, which gave him the title, “The Zero Zealot.”
Rich has...Read more
Nestor Sposito is a CCPS Staff Consultant. He is GESPRE Director (Group Risk Assessment, Process Safety and Emergency Preparedness) National Technological University and President of the Argentina Chapter of the NFPA and member of the Senior Expert Group of the UNEP APELL. For more than 30 years he has worked in positions of increasing responsibilty in the Oil and Petrochemical Enterprises of Exxon and Dow Argentina. He is currently Project Manager Business consultant and director of PPR CH2Mhill, and a Consultant lecturing...Read more
Byron has over 27 years of experience in chemical industry including 9 years as chemical engineer, 6 years as production management and 12 years as safety, health and environment professional. Byron worked for China Petrochemical Company (now SINOPEC) for 9 years and DuPont Company for 15 years. From 2004 through 2012, he was Safety, Health and Environment Manager for DuPont China. In 2012, Byron Sun became a full time safety consultant and joined CCPS as staff consultant.
Byron received a diploma from Shanghai Science and Technology University and obtained a Master Degree from...Read more