2017 AIChE NorCal January Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 6:00pm PST
Event format: 
In-Person / Local
Posted by Mahnaz Firouzi
1919 Fourth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
United States

Lessons Learned the Last 50+ Years in Process Safety and Industry Best Practices So You Won’t Relearn Them in Your Production or R&D Facilities

by Jerry L. Jones, PE and AIChE CCPS Staff Consultant and Process Safety Instructor

"Recipient of 2016 NorCal AIChE Chemical Engineering Excellence Award in Continuing Education"


Discuss lessons learned and relearned over decades in the chemical process industry on preventing and mitigating process safety incidents (LOSS OF CONTAINMENT EVENTS) and how these lessons learned can be applied across many types of chemical use manufacturing operations as well as in labs and pilot plants. He will:

  • Present a rationale as to why a risk-based rather than regulatory-based approach to managing process safety and other risk exposures is prudent

  • Discuss the continuing movement by many organizations to more formal and comprehensive enterprise risk management systems

  • Review the typical steps or phases an organization usually takes in developing and improving management system processes

  • Describe numerous process safety management system deficiencies (root causes) associated with serious chemical process safety incidents that have repeatedly occurred during the last 50+ years

  • Provide an overview of chemical industry best practices for managing process safety (with a focus on AIChE CCPS recommendations as described in the CCPS Guidelines for Risk Based Process Safety-2007, and some tools available such as the CCPS Concept Book on Recognizing Catastrophic Incident Warning Signs and The CCPS Vision 20/20 Strategy and FREE Organization Self-Assessment Worksheet

  • Discuss a few incidents in manufacturing, pilot plant and lab facilities

Speaker Bio:

Jerry L. Jones, PE is currently a chemical engineering consultant and an AIChE CCPS process safety instructor and consultant involved with development of guidelines books. He retired in 2010 with >40 years of experience across industry sectors including chemicals, polymers, pharmaceuticals, and electronics industry materials. He has worked in process development and engineering, plant design, EHS, and process safety functions and supported manufacturing operations in over a dozen countries while an employee of Monsanto, SRI International, Raychem, and Genentech/Roche. He has extensive experience with the implementation of risk-based management systems including those for process safety. He earned BS and ME degrees in chemical engineering from Cornell and an MS in environmental engineering from Stanford. He is a licensed professional engineer in Illinois and California and holds a number of safety related certifications. He is a recipient of the 2016 NorCal AIChE Chemical Engineering Excellence Award Program in Continuing Education. A Plaque of Recognition will be presented to him at this meeting.

Program consists of:

  • Networking & Gathering (6:00-6:30 pm)

  • Dinner (6:30-7:30 pm) – Choose from Simply Grilled Salmon, Chicken Marsala & Pasta Primavera with Fresh Seasonal Vegetables. 

  • Award ceremony (7:30-7:45 pm)

  • Presentation (7:45-8:30 pm)

  • Networking continues (8:30 -9:00 pm)

Location: Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto,1919 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710


Fees (Paypal/Credit card payment) @

  • AIChE Members: $ 25.00

  • Non Members: $ 30.00

  • Retirees/Students: $20.00

Contact: Akash Narani, Email: if you have any questions/or concerns.