8th CCPS Latin American Conference on Process Safety

September 10-13, 2018

The Latin American Conference on Process Safety is part of CCPS' family of Global Congress on Process Safety. This conference, co-organized by ARPEL, is part of CCPS' worldwide effort to prevent major accidents through promoting lifelong learning as well as continuous improvement in process safety. Simultaneous English-Spanish translation will be provided. Lea en español


  Technical Program - English

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Why Should You Attend?

The Latin American Conference on Process Safety will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on September 11-13, 2018, with a pre-conference course scheduled for September 10, 2018. 

The pre-conference workshop, titled CCPS New Approach to Metrics will be lead by Louisa Nara, CCPS and Nestor Sposito (retired Dow executive and CCPS Senior Staff Consultant). The workshop will also include a review of the newly launched Risk Analysis Sceening Tool (RAST).

The Conference will be of special interest to senior executives, managers, and mid-level managers as well as to professionals responsible for leading process safety management.

Professionals working in companies that are part of the value chain such as consulting and engineering, design and construction (EDC) companies, field service providers and insurers, among others, with interests in Latin America and the Caribbean will find in this congress an event of great value.

The conference will feature world-class speakers addressing the issue from a strategic, management and operational point of view.

Conference Chairs:

  • Gretel d'Amico, Pluspetrol
  • Eduardo Francisco, DuPont
  • Hérber Varela, Pluspetrol
  • Luis Kirs, YPF
  • Adriana M. Gomez, The Dow Chemical Company
  • Pablo Gonzales, PAE
  • Antonio Meza, COGA
  • Rodolfo Kramer, YPF
  • Diego Gómez, Oldelval
  • Flavio Monteiro, Chevron
  • Nelson Gualtero, Pluspetrol
  • Carmen H. Osorio, Exponent
  • Carlos Videla, Tecpetrol
  • Esteban Fellner, YPF

Call for Abstracts Topics:

  • Leadership and Culture
  • Risk Identification and Management
  • Management of Change
  • Mechanical Integrity
  • Process Safety Technology
  • Emergency Management and Stakeholder Outreach
  • Lessons Learned in Process Safety

Featured Speakers

Kinnesh Dalal

Kinnesh Dalal is a General Manager for Operational Excellence/Health, Environmental, Safety for Chevron’s Latin America Business Unit. He is based out of Houston, Texas, USA.  He is responsible for implementing centralized OE management system and providing functional expertise in the areas of HES management and people development across various countries in Latin America.

Previously, Kinnesh served as an Operational Excellence/HES Manager for Chevron in China from 2014 to 2016 where he was responsible for the safe startup of the Chuandongbei Sour Gas operations in Sichuan...Read more

Chris Domingo

Chris joined Willis in 2010 as a member of the Engineering & Risk Management team. He is a chartered chemical engineer responsible for conducting risk control surveys and providing an engineering service to our clients and brokers. Prior to joining Willis, Chris spent 10 years in the catalyst manufacturing, precious metal refining, crude oil refining and oil & gas industries working in areas such as process development and design, project management, HazOp studies, commissioning and operations.Read more

Chris Hawkes

Chris Hawkes joined IOGP as Safety Director in February 2016. In addition to facilitating the work of the Health, Safety, Security, Wells Experts and Subsea committees, Chris represents IOGP at international stakeholder meetings, including those with regulators and governments. Chris has 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry with both Shell and BP. Chris trained as a Marine Engineer with Shell and spent 13 years at sea sailing on oil and gas tankers, rising to the rank of Chief Engineer. Chris has held a variety of roles in the Marine, Safety and Operational Risk and Upstream...Read more

Kristen Kulinowski

Kristen M. Kulinowski, Ph.D. was nominated by President Barack Obama to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board in January 2015 and confirmed by the Senate in August 2015. 

Dr. Kulinowski has expertise in chemical and materials sciences, occupational health and safety issues, risk policy, nanotechnology, emergency response, and research

administration. Prior to joining the Board, Dr. Kulinowski was a Research Staff Member in the IDA Science & Technology Policy Institute (STPI). STPI is a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) chartered by Congress...Read more

Antonio Macías

Antonio Macías is a Mechanical Engineer Electrician of the faculty of Engineering of the UNAM specialist in Projects of Electrical Facilities; and fire protection certified by the NFPA. Works as Regional Director for Latin America from 2001 to date for National Fire Protection Association, and official NFPA Instructor for hazardous areas and electrical code. Member of the International Association of electrical inspectors, member of Electrical Council of U.L. Inc. and National Award of Engineering 2017 by the Colegio de Ingenieros Mecánicos y Electricistas A.C.; Professor of Industrial...Read more

June Wispelwey

June Wispelwey, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) is a chemical engineer and business leader with vast work experience in the chemical and bio-pharmaceutical fields. Prior to becoming AIChE executive director, June served as executive director of the Society for Biological Engineering (SBE), a technical community within AIChE, overseeing its successful launch and growth. Under her leadership, SBE developed a successful consortium to advance genomic research on the Chinese hamster ovary cell lines which are important to...Read more


Proceedings of the 8th CCPS Latin American Conference on Process Safety are now available: