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Senior Leaders and Process Safety: The Role and The Opportunity

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You are an Executive or Senior Manager. Your company has made major investments into Process Safety systems such as Management of Change, Risk Identification, Mechanical Integrity, etc. These systems are audited regularly and findings are pursued and closed. You may have placed process safety coordinators into the organization to insure that process safety systems receive attention and support. However, it is important to examine the role you personally have in leading the organization to bottom line process safety results – and the role that each of your reports should have. What are the routine activities where your participation can make a difference? What questions and areas of focus are appropriate for your position? Do you understand why some companies are successful in translating their resource commitments into process safety performance, while others are not?

This interactive course will examine the role that culture plays in catastrophic events, the critical role you have personally in establishing culture, and what good culture for Process Safety looks like. Review real-world accident case studies which outline the major threat that comes from normalization of deviation and how the culture which you establish can minimize that threat. Discuss the importance of having managers at every level who understand the high–consequence events which could occur in their area and also the barriers which they must ensure are maintained at high-integrity. The course will introduce you to best-practices in industry for maintaining critical process safety competencies in managers and leaders even though they rotate through assignments at a high frequency, take you through a discussion of how to select meaningful metrics to guide the program, and outline the importance of learning from organizational near misses and how your personal engagement in that process is critical. Leave with an understanding of key investments available to your organization which can bring significant returns to the bottom line via increased same-plant productions capacities, raw material and energy efficiencies, and plant reliability – investments which, at the same time, decrease risk for catastrophic events.

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Scott Berger

Scott Berger, now an independent consultant, served as Executive Director of CCPS for nearly 14 years. Scott also worked for 5 years at Owens Corning, where he held a range of Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) assignments including Director of EHS Strategic Management. In addition, Scott worked for 18 years at Rohm and Haas Company in R&D, engineering, and EHS. Scott received a BS and MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Read more

James Conner

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

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