Process Safety Series:
Improve the Effectiveness of Process Safety Management Systems

Best Practice Series

Now Available On-Demand

Originally Recorded:
January 20th, 2021

Speaker: Dr. Stewart W. Behie, P.Eng., Interim Director, MKOPSC
                   Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center
                   Professor of Practice, Artie McFerrin Department of
                   Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University

Moderator: Traci Purdum, Senior Editor - Digital Media 

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Takeaways from this Webinar:
Process Safety Management (PSM) systems have matured over the years and have become, at most facilities, very robust and sophisticated. Yet, incidents continue to happen at regular intervals. Indeed, several noteworthy process safety events recently have occurred in the United States that have brought into question the effectiveness of the PSM programs. This webinar will describe a few factors that have led to these events and provide guidance for improving the effectiveness of PSM programs.

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About the Chemical Processing Process Safety Series

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.

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 four Process Safety events in 2020. 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.

The late 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 served as the expert presenter for each webinar until his death in 2018.

KV_mannan_1[1]Dr. M. Sam Mannan
1954 - 2018
Wonderful Friend of Chemical Processing 
Champion and Pioneer of Process Safety


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Meet the Presenter


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STEWART W. BEHIE, PhD, is the Interim Director of the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center and Professor of Practice in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. Before joining TAMU, Dr. Behie was Manager of Safety and Process Risk in the corporate risk management group of Occidental Oil and Gas Corp. in Houston, Texas in which capacity he provided risk management guidance and oversight to Oxy operations worldwide. Prior to this role, Stewart served as the Manager of Asset Integrity / HES Training and Development at Occidental, where he set up and managed a training program for new engineering and technical graduates. Before joining Occidental, Dr. Behie worked in the Middle East for more than 10 years with Dolphin Energy Ltd. (Qatar) where he was field HES manager of onshore and offshore operations and with Zakum Development Co. (Abu Dhabi) as technical team lead. Prior moving to the ME, Stewart was the Risk Management Specialist / Senior Safety Engineer in the Total Loss Management Group for Petro Canada, East Coast Operations, St. John’s, Newfoundland. Behie has bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, all in chemical engineering from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. Stewart is a registered Professional Engineer in the provinces of Alberta and Newfoundland, Canada. Dr. Behie has published numerous papers and articles on risk-based decision management and on managing risk in operational settings and has given workshops on creating excellence in safety performance and in safety culture maturation.


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