Steve Arendt | AIChE

Steve Arendt

Steve Arendt has 35+ years of experience in process safety and risk management and has performed hundreds of process safety/HSE analyses, risk assessments, audits, and accident investigations on a variety of oil, gas, chemical, semiconductor and related industry processes, onshore and offshore.

In 2006, Steve led technical reviews for the BP Baker Panel evaluation of PSM effectiveness, process safety culture, and corporate oversight of BP's five U.S. refineries. Since then, Steve had led 35+ projects evaluating process safety culture for oil and gas, chemical, pharmaceutical, and consumer products companies.  He has also provided process safety culture overview training to more than 70 CEOs, senior executives, and Board members.

Since 1989, Mr. Arendt has worked with several industry groups to develop technical positions dealing with OSHA's process safety management regulation (29 CFR 1910.119) and EPA's risk management program rule (40 CFR Part 68).  He has been an active participant in these rulemakings, providing testimony at the public hearing for both regulations. Mr. Arendt has served as a moderator for numerous industry workshops on the OSHA PSM and EPA RMP regulations, and is a frequent speaker at conferences involving chemical accident prevention and process safety management activities.

Steve is a work group member for the Center for Offshore Safety SEMS Audit and Metrics committees, and has provided SEMS auditor training for BSEE and USCG inspectors. He has conducted hundreds of safety culture evaluations, RP 75/PSM audits, incident investigations, and best practice reviews, including for more than 30+ offshore facilities.

Mr. Arendt is a widely published author, having over 70 articles, guides, and books to his credit on PSM and risk management topics, including:

  • Guidelines for Risk Based Process Safety, CCPS, 2007
  • Guidelines for Management of Change, CCPS, 2008
  • A Compliance Guide for EPA’s Risk Management Program Rule, API, CMA,1997
  • Manager's Guide to Quantitative Risk Assessment, CMA, 1989
  • Resource Guide to the Process Safety Code of Management Practices, CMA, 1990
  • Guidelines for Hazard Evaluation Procedures, Second Edition, CCPS, 1992
  • A Manager's Guide to Implementing and Improving MOC Systems, CMA, 1993
  • Risk Communication Guide, Chemical Educational Foundation, 1999

Steve was awarded the 2006 Merit Award from the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center, recognizing significant contributions to the advancement of education, research, and service activities related to process safety concepts and/or technologies. In 2007, he was named as a Center for Chemical Process Safety Fellow, honoring his many years and contributions to process safety and willingness to share expertise in the promotion of process safety. Steve holds a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Tennessee in 1977 and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Tennessee.