NEW YORK, NY – The Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS), held its 3rd Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting on May 17 in Mumbai, India. The meeting, hosted of Toyo Engineering India, Ltd., brought together CCPS member companies from India and throughout Asia to discuss challenges and opportunities in improving process safety in the region.
“The number of potential incidents is unlimited, and all have global impact,” said Hisashi Osone, managing director of Toyo, in his welcoming remarks. “Therefore, a global community like CCPS is needed to prevent all incidents.”
Attendees discussed the process safety challenges that they faced and how CCPS’s collaborative efforts provide tools to address those challenges. The highest priority challenges they identified were strengthening the process safety culture in ways that resonate at the local level, and using suitable global process safety metrics. In a keynote address, Maureen Song Chai Kee, general manager, Group HSE Strategy and Performance, for Petronas in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, observed that “appropriate metrics are key.” “As we’ve implemented our metrics based on CCPS recommendations, we have begun to see improvement,” she added.
Other speakers included Sanjay Choudhary and Alok Chandra of Tata Chemicals, who spoke about efforts to strengthen the process safety culture by engaging the workforce. Hirak Dutta, executive director of the Oil Industries Safety Directorate, detailed its efforts to regulate and monitor process safety in the India refining, exploration, and pipeline sectors. H. Sumida from Toyo Japan described how the 2011 Tsunami that struck his country underlined the need to keep potential consequences of catastrophic events like process safety incidents and large natural disasters, however rare, in mind.
Scott Berger, CCPS Executive Director, thanked attendees, speakers, and the host, Toyo, for a productive meeting. “The Asia-Pacific Region of CCPS is demonstrating leadership and vision in process safety and is, in all ways, a full partner with the CCPS global community.”
Attendees agreed to increase the frequency of regional meetings and to plan a two-day conference in 2013. The next regional meeting will be held in October 2012 in Kuala Lumpur.
The Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) is a not-for-profit, corporate membership organization within the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, that identifies and addresses process safety needs within the chemical, pharmaceutical, and petroleum industries. CCPS brings together more than manufacturers, government agencies, consultants, academia and insurers to lead the way in improving industrial process safety. CCPS continues to expand its catalog of more than 100 books and products, build on its legacy of 30 successful international conferences, and cultivate its Safety and Chemical Engineering Education university curriculum program. More information about CCPS is available at www.aiche.org/ccps.
AIChE is a professional society of more than 40,000 chemical engineers in 92 countries. Its members work in corporations, universities and government using their knowledge of chemical processes to develop safe and useful products for the benefit of society. Through its varied programs, AIChE continues to be a focal point for information exchange on the frontier of chemical engineering research in such areas as nanotechnology, sustainability, hydrogen fuels, biological and environmental engineering, and chemical plant safety and security. More information about AIChE is available at www.aiche.org.