PPG Industries established a process safety group in the mid 1970s to perform HAZOP studies and perform accident investigations. As one of the team members, I received HAZOP and accident investigation training from Ellis Knowlton of ICI, the developer of this methodology. Process safety has played a big role in my career ever since.
I have performed numerous root cause incident investigations throughout my career using many different methodologies and team organizations. My chemical, mechanical and engineering background, along with my creative abilities, have allowed me to successfully resolve each of these incidents.
I have performed, and supervised the performance, of all of the elements contained in OSHA's Process Safety Management regulation 29 CFR 1910.119, including compliance auditing, for numerous processes and clients.
I have prepared, or supervised the preparation of numerous policy, procedure, methodology, and protocol books, handbooks and documents related to process safety, hazardous materials and accident investigation.
I have worked with a community in a major city to evaluate the hazards presented to them by an adjacent chemical facility handling reactive chemicals, evaluated the adequacy of the safeguards utilized to protect against those hazards and made recommendations for additional safeguards that should be implemented by the chemical company.