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Risk-Based Process Safety Decision-Making for All Engineers

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Risk is a common thread that runs throughout all engineering disciplines. From concept to design, installation to operation, and decommissioning, every engineer faces the challenge of making decisions that take risk into account. In this online course, you’ll learn how to understand and identify hazards in your industry, analyze risk and understand the importance of a comprehensive management system.   In addition you will see how Artificial Intelligence is making its way into real applications to improve process safety and in the last of the 6 units in this course you will be introduced to the Codes of Conduct and how professional ethics aid in risk based decision making.  

The course starts with an introduction to the basic understanding of Process Safety along with the hazards associated with many different engineering disciplines and industry types.  Significant emphasis is placed on a risk-based approach in evaluating and reducing the potential for risk.  The business case for process safety is also included in this course.  If your goal is making risk-based decisions while reducing the overall risk to your organization and the public at large - take this course!

This course is made possible by UEF and available to the United Engineering Foundations members at no cost. 


Gary Amideneau

Gary has a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara and has been working in Process Safety since 1992 when the OSHA and EPA regulations were first published in the US.  In his 40+ years of experience, Gary has worked in specialty chemicals and petrochemicals in every facet of process safety and loss prevention.

With over 17 years in the middle East with Saudi Aramco he worked in areas of offshore production, drilling, refining, gas plant processing, terminal marine facilities and more.  His background includes conducting comprehensive...Read more

Tony Downes

Mr. A.M. (Tony) Downes is an independent PSM consultant. Mr. Downes has more than 40 years of industrial experience in operations and PSM with DuPont, Bayer, Westlake, FMC, and Honeywell. He has led over 100 PHAs and conducted over 100 incident investigations. Before retiring to form Downes Process Safety LLC, he was the Global Process Safety Advisor at Honeywell Performance Materials. He has led the development and implementation of PSM programs for more than 30 years, rising from site level to corporate director level.

Mr. Downes is a recognized expert in Digitalization to improve...Read more

Louisa Nara

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

Frank Renshaw

Frank Renshaw is a certified process safety professional, 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...Read more

Ken Tague

Ken Tague, BS ChE, CSP, CCPSC has over 40 years of operations and process safety experience in PVC manufacturing and agricultural processing.  He has been involved with process safety program development, process hazard analysis, Layer of Protection Analysis and PSM program auditing.  He served as lead auditor in over 100 PSM program audits before retiring from Archer Daniels Midland Company  in 2019. He has done training on the PSM regulation, Process Hazard Analysis, Layer of Protection Analysis, PSM program auditing,...Read more

Venkat Venkatasubramanian

Venkat Venkatasubramanian is the Samuel Ruben-Peter G. Viele Professor of Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering, professor of computer science (affiliate), and professor of industrial engineering and operations research (affiliate) at Columbia University. He earned his doctoral degree in chemical engineering at Cornell University, master’s degree in physics at Vanderbilt, and bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at the University of Madras, India. He taught at Purdue University for 23 years, before returning to Columbia in 2011.

Venkat's research interests are...Read more



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