Diverse and dynamic network underpins IChemE Safety Centre’s landmark growth

Diverse and dynamic network underpins IChemE Safety Centre’s landmark growth

22nd August 2023

The importance of collaborative working in delivering outstanding safety performance has been demonstrated by the IChemE Safety Centre (ISC) as it shows landmark growth in 2023. Having recently celebrated its 50th industry member, the ISC now welcomes international engineering advisory partner Aurecon, taking the ISC to stand 100 members strong.

The ISC is a not-for-profit multi-company industry consortium, focused on improving process safety by sharing best practice, pooling experience and insight, and developing useful resources. The ISC first began to explore and develop the concept of sharing for safety in 2014 with six founding partners, and its growth across a wide variety of industries has enabled them to agree the important issues and priorities, speak with one voice, provide thought leadership, and ensure that every member can access the information they need to play their part in improving process safety outcomes.

Trish Kerin, Director of the IChemE Safety Centre, said: “People have a right to stay safe, no matter where they are. As chemical engineers address our global challenges and pivot our technologies to deliver a low carbon future, all those engaged in process safety will be a crucial component in minimising the risk of operating in new fields.

“The dynamic network of ISC membership offers an important platform for the proactive learning, knowledge pooling, and constant improvement that is fundamental for driving the highest standards of safety performance across diverse industries. Process safety depends on partnership, and the ISC approaches its tenth anniversary in an ever-strengthening position to support process safety centres of excellence and provide uniquely valuable opportunities for professional development.”

Delene Kock, Process Safety Lead at Aurecon, said: “As an international design, engineering, and advisory company we believe the safety of our people, our clients, and the communities they work in is paramount. We’re excited to join IChemE’s rapidly growing Safety Centre to collaborate and share knowledge globally across the chemical engineering sector. This is critical for advancing process safety and preventing harm to people, the environment, and assets. We believe that humanity depends on engineering and that we have a broader stewardship role to play alongside ISC in making a legacy contribution to process safety and process engineering solutions.”

ISC membership signifies that an organisation treats process safety as a major priority, helping to underpin trust and credibility, demonstrate care for employees and communities, and enhance corporate reputation with regulators, investors, insurers, business partners and the community. There are three categories of ISC membership:

  • Operating partner (producers and manufacturers)
  • Industry partner (consultants, equipment manufacturers, etc )
  • Supporting partner (regulators and academic institutions)

For more information about the advantages ISC membership brings across a wide range of areas, please contact safetycentre@icheme.org.


IChemE Safety Centre


For more information please contact: 

Lucy Cook, Communications Manager, IChemE 
t: +44 (0) 1788 534454
e: lcook@icheme.org   

Ann Baylis, Communications Executive & PR Lead, IChemE 
t: +44 (0) 1788 534477
e: abaylis@icheme.org    

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Chemical, biochemical and process engineering is the application of science, mathematics and economics in the process of turning raw materials into everyday, and more specialist, products. Professional chemical engineers design, construct and manage process operations all over the world. Energy, pharmaceuticals, food and drink, synthetic fibres and clean drinking water are just some of the industry sectors and products where chemical engineering plays a central role.


The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) advances chemical engineering's contribution for the benefit of society. We facilitate the development of chemical engineering professionals and provide connections to a powerful network of around 30,000 members in more than 100 countries.

We support our members in applying their expertise and experience to make an influential contribution to solving major global challenges, and are the only organisation permitted to award Chartered Chemical Engineer status and Professional Process Safety Engineer registration.