Aberdeen (UK)

Webinar: Process Safety – Five Decades of War Stories

Webinar: Process Safety – Five Decades of War Stories
  • Date From 2nd December 2021
  • Date To 2nd December 2021
  • Price Free of charge, open to all.
  • Location Online: 12:00 GMT. Duration: 1 hour.


Process safety is an integral part of most chemical engineers' responsibilities. It has been a significant feature of the presenter’s career since his first role as a chemical engineer on a petrochemical site in the mid-1970s. All of the process safety case studies presented are cases that the presenter has been personally involved with or incidents that have left a life-long impression. The incidents will cover permit to work, management of change, design short-comings, operational changes, competency, piping and equipment failure, and hazard analysis. Since almost all chemical engineers are involved with process safety, the talk will be relevant to a large swathe of the chemical engineering community. Attendees will be provided with information to help with future risk identification and management.


Tom Baxter, Chemical Engineering Consultant, PDB

Tom graduated from Strathclyde University in 1975 with a BSc in Chemical Engineering (first class honors). He is a Fellow of the IChemE. He started his career with ICI Petrochemicals, moved to fine chemicals with the Swiss company Ciba-Geigy before taking a position as a process engineer in 1980 with BNOC (British National Oil Corporation). Through privatisation and acquisitions BNOC became Britoil then BP. Here he worked as an operations engineer, development engineer and research manager.

In 1991, he left BP and joined Altra Consultants as Technical Manager. He accepted a position as Technical Director with Genesis in 1998 and became the Aberdeen Business Unit Director in 2005. He returned to his role as Technical Director in 2010 together with a position as Senior Fellow in the Chemical Engineering Department at Aberdeen University, which he helped establish. He has been visiting Professor of Chemical Engineering at Strathclyde University since 2003.

He is a regular contributor to The Chemical Engineer and is currently a consultant providing greenhouse gas reduction expertise.

The material presented in this webinar has not been peer-reviewed. Any opinions are the presenter’s own and do not necessarily represent those of IChemE or the Aberdeen Members Group. The information is given in good faith but without any liability on the part of IChemE.   


12:00–13:00 GMT.


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