Center for Chemical Process Safety Hosts 3rd CCPS Global Summit on Process Safety

December 20, 2016

The Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) — an industry technical alliance of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) — hosted the 3rd Global Congress on Process Safety in Damman, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, December 4–5, 2016. The event — the first held by CCPS in Saudi Arabia — attracted nearly 500 process safety practitioners and leaders from organizations in the Middle East and worldwide. At the summit, experts from industry, academia, and government agencies presented more than 35 technical sessions and panel discussions in which they shared knowledge and best practices for promoting industrial and workplace safety in the chemical, petrochemical, and allied industries.

The meeting was introduced on December 4 by Shakeel Kadri, Executive Director of CCPS, who detailed the crucial role of CCPS in helping to eliminate significant process safety dangers in industry. Delegates were also welcomed by Yousef Al-Benyan, Vice Chairman and CEO of SABIC, the summit’s main sponsor organization. Al-Benyan’s remarks focused on the importance of organizational culture, leadership, and human factors in developing effective process safety management programs within companies.

In addition to SABIC, organizations sponsoring the event included ABS Group, Acutech Consulting, DuPont, ioMosaic, Petrotechnics, SADARA Chemical Company, and TuV SUD.

The meeting featured several keynote speakers, including Khalil Al Hamid, Director of Engineering at SADARA Chemical Company; Kharboush-Al Khaled Saleh, General Manager of Global Environment, Health, and Safety at SABIC; Anne O’Neal, Global Manager for Operational Excellence and Health, Environment, and Safety at Chevron USA; Ahmed Shaikh, Executive Vice President of Manufacturing at SABIC; and Vanessa Sutherland, Chair of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board.

The Global Summit on Process Safety is one event in a slate of annual and international conferences organized by AIChE and CCPS for the benefit of chemical engineers, academic researchers, and business leaders interested in developing safe industrial processes and instilling a culture of safe practices in the chemical, petrochemical, and allied industries. The first major CCPS event scheduled for 2017 is the 13th Global Congress on Process Safety, to be held in connection with AIChE’s 2017 Spring Meeting in San Antonio, TX, March 26–30.

Information about the Center for Chemical Process Safety’s upcoming conferences and other programs is available at

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About CCPS
CCPS is a not-for-profit corporate membership organization within AIChE, with over 190 members, that identifies and addresses process safety needs in the chemical, pharmaceutical and petroleum industries. CCPS brings together manufacturers, government agencies, consultants, academics and insurers to lead the way in improving process safety. Members, working in project subcommittees, define and develop useful, time-tested guidelines that have practical applications that run the gamut from human factors to qualitative and quantitative risk analysis to security vulnerability to inherently safety design. With more than 100 publications, CCPS is at the forefront of efforts to improve process safety performance. More information about CCPS is available at

About AIChE
AIChE is a professional society of 53,000 chemical engineers in 110 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 frontiers of chemical engineering research in such areas as energy, sustainability, biological and environmental engineering, nanotechnology and chemical plant safety and security. More information about AIChE is available at