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Call for Nominations: 15th Annual Mary Kay O'Connor International Symposium

Celebrating Dr. Trevor Kletz's 90th Birthday, in recognition of his continuing contribution to process safety awareness and research.

This article appears in the May/June 2012 issue of Inspectioneering Journal.

The Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center is currently seeking nominations for the annual Merit Award and Harry West Memorial Service Award, to be presented at the 2012 Annual Symposium.

The Merit Award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the advancement of education, research, or service activities related to process safety concepts and/or technologies. The contributions or accomplishments leading to the annual Merit Award need not be associated with the Center but must fit within the central theme of the Center, i.e., Making Safety Second Nature. In establishing the Merit Award, the Steering Committee underscores the importance of promoting and recogniz- ing significant contributions and accomplishments of practitioners and researchers worldwide.

The Service Award was established by the Steering Committee to honor and recognize individuals who have contributed directly to the success of the Center and have played a significant role in advancing the mission of the Center.

Previous Merit and Service Award recipients are listed on the web at the following address:

Please send your nominations to: Nominations should include a short biographical sketch of the nominee and a brief description of why the nominee is deserving of the Merit or Service Award.

The 2012 Merit and Service award winners will be announced during the 2012 International Symposium of the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center.

About the Symposium

This symposium serves as the crossroads for process safety where industry, academia, government agencies and other stakeholders come together to discuss critical issues of research in process safety. Experts from around the world will gather as part of this two and a half-day symposium, to share the latest information on the hottest topics aimed at making the process industry a safer place. The symposium “Beyond Regulatory Compliance, Making Safety Second Nature” is scheduled for Oct. 23-25, 2012 at the Hilton Conference Center (801 University Drive East, College Station, TX, United States) and will feature wide variety of safety-related lectures and presentations. In addition, the symposium will feature an exhibit area where companies can demonstrate the latest products, technology and software related to process safety.

Topics Covered

  • Metrics for Safety Performance – Leading and Lagging Indicators, Industry vs. Organization
  • Process Safety Career Development and Education
  • Engineering for Resilience
  • Case Studies – Histories, Lessons Learned, Databases
  • Inherently Safer Processes – New Processes, Existing Plants, Man – Machine Interface
  • Human Factors – Engineering, Behavioral Safety, Human Error
  • Management for Process Safety – PS Engineering, PSM components, PSM with limited resources, Innovative strategies for improvement
  • Accident Investigation
  • Safety Culture – Relationship to high consequence/low probability events
  • Facility Siting – Personnel Siting
  • LNG – Design, Experiment Evaluation, Consequence Analysis, Mitigation, Research needs, Regulations
  • Control Systems – Unusual Situation Mgmt., Safety Instrumented Systems, Integrity Levels, Reliability analysis, Reliance on
  • Risk Assessment, Analysis and Management
  • Reactive Chemistry – Predicting Reactivity, Role of Contaminants, Catalysts and Inhibitors, Case Histories, Experimental SIS, Alarm Mgmt. Methods
  • Equipment Integrity – Design for Maintenance, Maintenance Hazard Analysis, Monitoring

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