Interview with Federico Caldora on Process Safety

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. Co-organized by ARPEL, this conference is part of CCPS family of Global Congress on Process Safety and is part of a CCPS worldwide effort to prevent major accidents through promoting lifelong learning as well as continual improvement in process safety.

We spoke with Federico Caldora about his work as a process safety professional, the changes he's seen in the field, and how process safety will impact industry in the future.

How is your work as a process safety professional critical to your particular job or the industry where you work? What are the most important skills a process safety professional should have?

Each process safety professional is a key person within the hydrocarbon industry, not only upstream, but also downstream. We all have the responsibility to push forward organizational changes that affect all areas of the company. This should be done with safe and sustainable operation as the main goal. To reach this goal, it is essential to maintain and transmit a high sense of vulnerability to the entire organization.

What message would you like the audience to take away from the conference?

Every member of the organization, no matter the position, has a specific role and should actively collaborate with process safety.

What changes have you seen in process safety in Latin America over the past 10 years?

In the last 10 years, the process safety focus in Latin America has changed drastically. In my opinion, the major change is related to the scope of process safety. Process safety is becoming a new concept for all kinds of industries. This includes chemical and petrochemical facilities as well as new industries like food and aviation.

How do you see process safety impacting industry over the next five years?

Over the next five years, I see an industry that learns faster, capitalizing on the most valuable experiences no matter where in the industry they came from.

You can still register for the 8th CCPS Latin American Conference on Process Safety taking place September 10-13, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.