Upcoming events and webinars

Below are conferences and webinars where Trish Kerin or Craig Wright will present.

March 2023

Webinar: The Pre-Start up Safety Review (PSSR) process

30 March 2023, online, 01:00 BST

The Pre-Start-up Safety Review (PSSR) process, also known as Operational Readiness, is intended to ensure that modifications installed match the approved design, the installation is mechanically complete, components have been functionally tested, and the system is ready to hand over to the operations team for operational prestart-up checks and start-up procedures. This webinar addresses PSSR activities leading to turnover to operations.

Effective PSSR involves establishing a well-defined workflow, providing effective tools, ensuring follow-through, and continually improving the process through user and client feedback. Many of these concepts are described in general terms in various guidelines and reference materials. However, effective implementation cannot be achieved through generalities. The devil is in the detail and the quality of the implementation.

This webinar describes several specific practices and tools that have been proven effective to drive better PSSR and project turnover. These practices may be scaled to apply to projects and modifications of any size as well as to procedure changes and maintenance restart applications. Experiences are shared that demonstrate the importance of selecting the correct tools and resources to support the work. Those experiences demonstrated that successful practices tend to become self-reinforcing. Practices were continued, expanded, and improved based on the compounding effect of successful results. The ideas and anecdotes that will be shared in the webinar offer insights into better practices that could improve existing PSSR implementation.

Presenter: Jody E. Olsen, P.E., is the Principal Engineer and Manager at JE Olsen Consulting. She provides process safety consulting services in process hazard analysis (PHA), management of change (MoC), prestart-up safety review (PSSR), root cause failure analysis, mechanical integrity, and other process safety management (PSM) elements. Prior to this role, she spent nearly three decades working in upstream.

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April 2023

Webinar: Part 1: Finding your platypuses with Trish Kerin

13 April 2023, 20:00 GMT

After an incident has occurred it is obvious all the weak signals that were missed along the way or misinterpreted at the time. How can we focus on seeing these signals and identify them correctly so we can manage them at the time? This is where the story of the platypus comes in. The platypus is an unusual creature that really shouldn’t exist, a rarity – a little like a process safety incident. When we see a platypus we may mistake it for something else, perhaps a duck or a beaver. These are the weak signals that we misinterpret or miss altogether. We need to develop strategies to search for the detail of the weak signals so we can manage the situation before it becomes an incident – we need to learn how to find the platypus.  Register for the webinar and attend live for a chance to be one of the ten random winners of Trish Kerin's new book "The Platypus Philosophy:  How to identify and manage weak signals".

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May 2023

European Hydrogen Safety Conference 2023

9–11 May 2023, Rotterdam Ahoy, Netherlands

The Center for Hydrogen Safety (CHS) will bring together academics, industry and government representatives to create a space for applied hydrogen safety topics to be discussed, to provide a space for collaboration and community and to give opportunity your questions.

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July 2023

Second Jordanian International Chemical Process Safety Conference

12–13 July 2023, Amman Jordan

The conference is organized by the Jordanian Chemical Process Safety Engineers Society (JCPSES) - Jordan Engineers Association (JEA), and in collaboration with major chemical industries in Jordan and chemical safety organizations and institutions.

The theme of the conference is driving towards excellence in process safety via improving process safety knowledge, competencies, collaboration, and culture to minimize and eliminate industrial process accidents.

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Global Experts Conference on Renewable and Sustainable Energy

27–29 July 2023, Osaka, Japan

The Global Experts Conference on Renewable and Sustainable Energy (GECRSE-23) is focused on the innovatory approach for innovation and invention in Renewable and Sustainable Energy.  GECRSE-23 aims to proclaim knowledge and share new ideas amongst the professionals, industrialists, and students from research areas of Renewable and Sustainable Energy to share their research experiences and indulge in interactive discussions and technical sessions at the event.  The conference will be a platform to globalize one research, share scientific experiences, to gain knowledge of new technologies and regulations.

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October 2023

Mary Kay O'Connor Safety & Risk Conference

11–13 October 2023, College Station, Texas

Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety and Risk Global conference is planned for 2023 with strong industry and academic participation.  The conference will serve as a venue to discuss challenges faced and potential solutions to support the safer energy transition.

Conference topics:

  • Process safety and risk management
  • Process instrumentation and safety
  • Safety of hydrogen and alternate fuels
  • Ocean energy systems safety (renewable and non-renewable)
  • Safety and security in cyber physical
  • Reliability and asset integrity of processing systems

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November 2023

Hazards 33 Process Safety Conference

7–9 November 2023, Birmingham, UK

Hazards is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading process safety conferences. First staged in 1960, it is an industry-focused event which shares good practice, current thinking and lessons learned in process safety, and offers valuable networking opportunities.  This conference is an excellent opportunity for process safety and loss prevention professionals to connect with their peers, build networks and renew their focus on good process safety practice post-pandemic.

Themes running throughout the programme will include:

  • identifying and embedding good practice in major hazards management
  • the role of executive leadership in managing major hazards
  • understanding and managing the challenges and hazard implications of new technologies and applications
  • identifying further opportunities for sharing and learning across industries and sectors.

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December 2023

Third European Conference on Plant and Process Safety

13–14 December 2023, Maastricht, The Netherlands

The third European Conference on Plant and Process Safety organised by the European Process Safety Centre will take place at the MECC Maastricht, Forum 100, 6229 GV Maastricht, The Netherlands.

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