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Hazardex 2019 Conference Presentations - Lessons Learned from Incidents

Author : Geert Vercruysse - Process Safety Expert, BASF

19 November 2018

Recent incidents in the Benelux region have shown that there is still a strong need to focus on knowhow and competence in Process Safety. Accidents are still happening and these may have been a trigger within your organisation to revalidate existing risk analysis studies and/or start up procedures. Further steps should be taken to reduce the amount and severity of process safety incidents. 

The first part of the presentation will highlight the setup of a safety concept for two generic units in a chemical production plant, a batch reactor and a distillation column.

In the second part some new tools, which are still under development, will be presented to support the communication between operations and maintenance. It is the expectation that the number of process safety incidents will drop when these are applied correctly.


Geert Vercruysse graduated in 1992 from the University of Ghent. He started his career at BASF Antwerp as a production manager for the EB/Styrene plant where he became project manager in 1998 and plant manager in 2001. As of 2004 he became plant manager at the Steamcracker, which is also located on the Antwerp site. In October 2012 he took responsibility for the Butadiene Project as Project Manager. At the moment he is responsible as project coordinator for all Steamcracker related projects at the BASF Antwerp site.

Since October 2010 Geert has combined his professional activities with the role of guest professor in Process Safety Engineering at KU Leuven where he teaches 'Process Safety of Unit Operations' and facilitates the course 'Competence in Operations', in cooperation with essenscia.

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