Process safety experts from around the world to deliver keynote speeches at Hazards 28

Senior leaders from world-renowned companies, including Nestlé and L’Oréal, will deliver keynote speeches at the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) annual process safety conference, Hazards 28, in May. 

Vanessa Sutherland, Chair and CEO of the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), has already been confirmed to deliver the fourth Trevor Kletz Memorial Lecture at the  conference on 15-17 May in Edinburgh, UK. Joining her in delivering key talks at the event are:

  • Andy Ewens, Head Operations Assurance HSSEA, Wood, UK
  • John Mul, PSM Pool EMEA Manager, AkzoNobel, The Netherlands
  • Malcolm Staves, Group Health & Safety Director, L’Oréal, France; and
  • Shahana Buchanan, Process Safety Programme Manager, Nestlé, Switzerland.

In his speech Adaptive Assurance of Process Safety, Andy Ewens will compare the links between safety by design, process safety and major incident prevention. The talk will draw on Ewen’s decades of experience in oil and gas, from his early career working in the North Sea, departmental and project managerial experience, to broadening his work on an international scale.

IChemE Fellow Malcolm Staves has extensive experience in health, safety and fire prevention, currently responsible for developing a safety culture at the world’s largest cosmetics company – L’Oréal. Since joining L’Oréal, Staves has focused on globalising the organisation’s health & safety strategies, with a focus on risk management, visible leadership and safety culture. His learnings will be reflected in his talk – Case Study: the L’Oréal Safety Culture Journey and Next Steps.

John Mul’s presentation, The Global Implementation of a PSM Framework at All Manufacturing Sites of AkzoNobel, will discuss the most important learnings from the implementation process of AkzoNobel’s PSM Framework. His team of engineers have – implemented the Framework across all 220 of AkzoNobel’s global manufacturing sites, adding value to high hazard chemical sites and low hazard coatings facilities.

Finally, Nestle’s Shahana Buchanan looks to the future – in her talk Next Generation Process Safety. With a focus on artificial intelligence and how this is shaping the discipline of process safety, Buchanan explores what this means for the future. Buchanan is an IChemE Fellow and Chair of IChemE’s Safety and Loss Prevention Special Interest Group, with more than 20 years of experience in process safety environments.

Dr Laurence Cusco, Head of Major Hazards at the UK’s Health and Safety Executive, and Hazards 28 Technical Committee Chair, said:

“I’m delighted that we have so many excellent speakers at the conference this year, demonstrating the importance of process safety in a variety of sectors. By sharing these learnings and experiences we can truly have a positive impact on safety and innovation in the industry.

“The technical programme provides a really broad review of good practice in every major aspect of process safety. Delegates have the opportunity to learn from subject matter experts from around the world, with presenters, plenary speakers and poster authors coming to Hazards from 19 different countries.

“If you want your business to stay safe, avoid catastrophe, and improve its safety record, you need to learn what is good practice and there’s no better place for doing that than at Hazards.”

Hazards 28, in association with the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center, will take place on 15-17 May 2018, at the EICC in Edinburgh, Scotland. There will be a trade exhibition of process safety related products and services, as well as excellent opportunities for networking.

Almost 100 leading experts from around the globe, including industry practitioners, researchers and industry regulators, will share their experience via oral presentations and posters. Presentations from other top companies in industry include Wood, BASF, BP, Chevron, Shell and INEOS. The full programme is available online.

Delegate places are still available, interested parties should visit to register. Delegates who pay full price can choose to bring a colleague under 30 years of age for half price – part of IChemE’s commitment to young engineers.

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