10th Process Safety Management Mentoring (PSMM) Forum | AIChE

10th Process Safety Management Mentoring (PSMM) Forum

The Process Safety Management Mentoring (PSMM) Forum is one of five parallel symposia tracks which together comprise the Global Congress on Process Safety (GCPS).  The PSMM Forum is a tutorial-based track aimed at professionals who may be new to the field of process safety, those who now...

The Process Safety Management Mentoring (PSMM) Forum is one of five parallel symposia tracks which together comprise the Global Congress on Process Safety (GCPS).  The PSMM Forum is a tutorial-based track aimed at professionals who may be new to the field of process safety, those who now have a management role in process safety, and to those interested in strengthening their knowledge of process safety. The principle behind the PSMM Track is to highlight tools, techniques, and lessons learned which would enhance delegates’ understandings of the applications of process safety management.

Papers are selected by session chairs based on an abstract of 100-200 words. The abstract must offer a brief account of the contents, conclusions, and relevance to the topic area. Submitted abstracts must include the author’s name, their affiliation, full address, email, and phone number. The papers will be published in the GCPS proceedings.  The Call for Papers will close online on November 20, 2020.

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Encouraged topics for this conference include:

PSMM Chair & Vice Chair:

Session Topic Descriptions:

Tutorials in Process Safety – six sessions in partnership with other tracks in the 2020 GCPS for Call for Abstracts (CFA)

The objective of these sessions is to a provide process safety introductory and basic key skill sessions tutorials for attendees and are co-sponsored by three main symposia tracks in the Global Congress:  Loss Prevention Symposium (LPS), the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) International Conference, and the Process Plant Safety Symposium (PPSS).  Examples of topics include the following:

  1. Loss Prevention Symposium (LPS) – focused on technological advances in process safety
    • Potential LPS Tutorial session(s) include: modeling, consequence, and risk analyses of fires, explosions (including combustible dusts), new development in failure databases, toxic releases, and reactive chemicals; siting of buildings and equipment; explosion prevention; pressure relief systems; and fire protection.

  2. Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) International Conference – focused on promoting and advancing process safety management practices
    • Potential CCPS Tutorial session(s) include:  Risk Based Process Safety (RBPS); understanding process hazards and risks; managing process risks; extreme weather safety planning; and learning from experience of senior colleagues.
  3. Process Plant Safety Symposium (PPSS) – focused on application of best practices for personnel at the plant level
    • Potential PPSS Tutorial session(s) include: practical applications of process safety management principles (see CCPS RBPS elements); risk analyses; asset integrity/mechanical integrity, conduct of operations, layers of protection analyses; operational discipline and the influence of human factors.
  4. Process Safety Management Mentoring (PSMM) – focused on an introduction to Process Safety Management (PSM)
    • Potential PSM Tutorial session(s) include: introductions to each of the symposia within GCPS, careers in PSM, resources for PSM, networking for new PSM engineers (as young engineers or new to PSM engineers).

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What Should be Keeping You Up at Night But Isn’t: Things Everyone Should Know about Process Safety –  focused broadly on hazard recognition and lessons learned from careers in Process Safety.

Process hazards can go unrecognized or underappreciated for a a variety of reasons. Ignorance of the hazard is a convenient excuse after an incident. This session is intended to be a preemptive strike against this ignorance. Unlike the Day PSM Hit Home, the talks in this session need not be motivated by an incident. Rather, talks should focus on the incident that hasn’t occurred, and how to recognize it. Example topic areas include: investigation and sharing of lessons learned from near misses, hazard identification, operational discipline, human reliability, process safety culture, and what lies behind the “mass of safety metrics”. Presentations of client/consultant shared case studies which could provide learning outcomes other companies could follow are encouraged to submit here.

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The Day PSM Hit Home - focused on sharing first-hand experiences that led to a personal commitment to process safety…

Many process safety professionals have lived and worked through “learning experiences” that made them realize the just how critical a good process safety program is. The three speakers will share how significant incidents changed their view on how they understand and apply process safety principles as a result of the experience. Prospective speakers that are willing and able to share such an experience are encouraged to submit an abstract briefly outlining the event and lessons learned.

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What I need to know when I get up in the morning – focused on strategies and lessons to be learnt when bridging the gap between “the newly qualified or new to the role” and professional expectations in the field of Process Safety.

It is a call for four speakers to provide a 15 min presentations and participate with a 30 min panel Q&A session to complete the session based on:

“To give at those new to process safety, those who seek to expand or refresh their knowledge, and experienced professionals wish to can stand back and reflect on their current practices time listening to some of the current challenges Safety Professionals face in their daily activities”

This session will share best practices and lessons learned for mid- and late-career professionals in supervisory roles, tasked as mentors to young professionals in the field of Process Safety, while also providing benefit to those newer to field. Example topic areas could include: Strategies for backfilling PSM expertise; Long-term mentorship; What to expect / not expect from recent graduates or those new to Process Safety: how/can E-Learning/ Virtual training fill the knowledge gap: What should “Competency” for young professionals look like.

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What is Hiding Under the Radar? focused on overlooked process safety and reliability issues.

Protection and mitigation measures are put in place, but they may not always be implemented and maintained in a manner that assures continued availability and reliability. How do we identify and correct these issues? Potential topic areas include examples from mechanical systems (piping & other fixed or rotating equipment), administrative and procedural controls, basic process control systems and alarms, safety instrumented systems, fire protection systems, critical utilities, infrastructure, and containment systems. What does “PSM critical” or “important to PSM” mean?

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PSM in Uncertain Times focused on strategies and lessons learned from practicing PSM in uncertain times

With the new hazard of a global pandemic and its many effects added to the existing hazards in the chemical process industries, and with more people working from home than ever before, PSM takes on a new look. How has PSM changed at your facility due to the pandemic, economic uncertainty, natural disasters, socioeconomic issues, etc.? Potential topics include best practices, challenges faced, management of change, and lessons learned from practicing PSM during uncertain times.

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PSM Story Tme – focused on the importance of using stories to relate process safety lessons, experiences and practices.

Conveying the elements of managing process safety is often challenging due to the use of technical jargon and complex terms which may not always be relatable to intended recipients. To improve knowledge transfer in a form more understandable by a broader audience, a simple tool that has been used since the dawn of time can be deployed: telling a good story!

Stories are effective in communicating complicated topics. Since childhood, many can remember stories being used to teach and instruct on life lessons. Do you remember Little Red Riding Hood? What about The Little Engine that Could? Or maybe The Ugly Duckling? There is likely a story that has impacted your life journey. The same storytelling methods can be as effective and impactful to process safety concepts!

The objective of this session is to emphasize the importance of using stories to reinforce process safety principles and expertise. This call for abstracts invites those having a story to tell to submit a paper and presentation. Unlike other sessions, the abstracts can relate storytelling without it being directly related to a process safety event. Potential paper and presentation examples include using a children’s book to teach process safety lessons, a creative way you have told a story to simplify technical subjects, PSM-related analogies that resonate with your audience, clever stories shared with you in your process safety career, etc.

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