Thought Leader Webinar: PSM Preparedness: changes to expect and how they affect you

May 26, 2016 10:00 AM EDT
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Join Kenneth Bloch, an experienced process safety incident investigator and author of Rethinking Bhopal: A definitive guide to investigating, preventing, and learning from industrial disasters, in this webinar about industry activities to improve process safety performance and how you can be adequately prepared for these upcoming changes.

You will learn:

  • The history and background of industry’s process safety management (PSM) program
  • Recent developments that have incited PSM reform
  • The keys to successful PSM program implementation
  • How previous experience contributes to a successful PSM future
  • How to maintain current acceptable PSM performance, or what you can do to elevate your PSM performance to acceptable levels
  • Why enterprises noted for good PSM performance are more likely to experience an industrial disaster, and what you must do to prevent them
  • How to avoid counterproductive results when implementing regulatory changes

More about PSM

The process safety management (PSM) standard was developed to prevent catastrophic process incidents that could cause tragic consequences in the manufacturing industry. Since its introduction in the early-1990s, the PSM movement has experienced significant growth and advancement. These improvements, however, have not resulted in acceptable process safety performance. Ken will include several examples. Similar incidents occurring internationally demonstrate the importance of improving industry’s PSM practices globally. State and federal agencies have taken note of these incidents and are in the process of overhauling industry’s PSM program. Changes are currently underway in the state of California. OSHA and EPA are expected to follow with more restrictive requirements. For the first time since its inception, changes to industry’s core PSM program are to be implemented. Ultimately, these changes will affect the practices that Chemical and Oil & Gas industries use to prevent catastrophic process release incidents.

About the Speaker:

Kenneth Bloch is a senior HES professional who specializes in petrochemical industry incident investigation and failure analysis. His experience includes 30 years of downstream service in maintenance, PSM, technical, and operations roles. He speaks regularly at AFPM, API, and AIChE process safety symposiums about experiences that help prevent recurring process safety failures throughout the manufacturing industry. Mr. Bloch graduated with honors from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, with an Environmental Science Degree in 1988.