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The concept of inherent safety was originally proposed by a world-renowned process safety expert Trevor Kletz in 1978. The article entitled “What You Don’t Have, Can’t Leak” first introduced the safety philosophy of reducing rather than controlling hazards. Inherently safer design helps to achieve plant safety in a cost-effective way through four main principles, namely, minimization, substitution, moderation, simplification. The recently revised U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Risk Management Plan (RMP) requires to conduct a safer technology and alternatives analysis as part of the Process Hazard Analysis (PHA). However, there are challenges to implement the inherently safer technologies in practice.

The Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station will be issuing a certificate of completion for 1 Professional Development Hour for each of the six Process Safety events in 2018. To qualify, attendees must be present during the entire webinar and they must indicate in our poll/survey that they wish to receive a certificate.


Dr. M. Sam Mannan, PE, CSP, DHC
Regents Professor and Director
Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center

Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering
Texas A&M University System
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The need for process safety in the chemical industry is paramount.  Technical knowledge and understanding of hazards and risks associated with operations in addition to the implementation of that knowledge into practice are the keys to keeping workers and the environment safe.  Chemical Processing’s Process Safety webinar series aims to address best practices by covering the major areas within process safety to improve process safety performance.

Dr. M. Sam Mannan, PE, CSP, DHC, regents professor and director, Mary Kay O' Connor Safety Center, worked with the editors of Chemical Processing to create this series. He serves as the expert presenter for each webinar.

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