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IChemE process safety conference set for Malaysia

25 August 2011

This September, the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) will bring its established Hazards conference symposium to Malaysia for the first time. Hazards Asia Pacific takes place on 27-29 September at the InterContinental Kuala Lumpur Hotel and will feature an international line-up of speakers. Matt Stalker reports on a major Asia Pacific conference taking place later this year...

Dr Johari Bin Basri
Dr Johari Bin Basri

Hazards Asia Pacific will be delivered jointly by IChemE and the Chemical Industries Council of Malaysia (CICM) and the conference will be chaired by PETRONAS Vice President of Downstream Operations Kamarudin Zakaria and Dr A Hapiz Abdullah, CEO of the PETRONAS Chemicals group.

Keynote speakers will be travelling to the event from all over the world and they will cover a range of process safety matters.

Keynote speakers

Dato’ lr. Dr Johari Bin Basri is Director General at Malaysia’s Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH). He holds responsibility for the overall planning and implementation of core business, including enforcement, standard setting and safety promotion.

DOSH is a key component of the Ministry of Human Resources with a mission to become the ultimate leader of occupational safety and health across all of Malaysia’s industries including oil, gas, chemicals and energy.

Ian Travers
Ian Travers

A mechanical engineering graduate with a PhD in process safety, Dato’ Dr Johari will provide an overview of process safety related regulation in Malaysia at Hazards Asia Pacific. He will also examine implementation issues, successes and future challenges.

Mohd Tarmizi Munir is Head of the Group Health, Safety and Environment Division at PETRONAS. His responsibilities include providing strategic direction and technical advice on HSE, performance monitoring and enhancement assurance, crisis management and sustainable development.

Tarmizi joined PETRONAS in 1993 as an operations engineer and his working experiences include offshore installation management and safety management. A Civil Engineering graduate from Syracuse University in New York, US, Tarmizi will be speaking at Hazards Asia Pacific to give his perspective on the process safety challenge from one of the world’s best known oil and gas corporations.

Other conference themes include: safety education and training to build knowledge and competence; inherently safer process design; process safety management and audit; cultural issues and human factors in process safety; and case studies and lessons learned from process safety incidents.

Ian Travers is head of the Chemical Industries Strategy Unit at the UK Health and Safety Executive.

Karon Armstrong
Karon Armstrong

Ian is responsible for developing and implementing strategies and programmes for the regulation of major hazards in the UK. As a founding member of the Process Safety Leadership group, which was charged with implementing the recommendations of the Buncefield Major Incident Investigation Board, he has championed process safety leadership for major hazard industries – including the publication of the Principles of Process Safety Leadership in 2009.

An expert on process safety performance measurement and the author of HSE’s guidance on key performance indicators for process safety, he has been involved in the regulation of major UK hazards for the past 20 years. At Hazards Asia Pacific he will focus on the role of management and he will argue that process safety leadership is an essential requirement in major hazard industries all over the world.

Karon Armstrong is a Senior Regulatory Specialist at 3M Medical in the US. With twenty years experience in environment, health and safety (EHS) regulation, Karon supports 3M’s Asia Pacific business in healthcare, consumer and speciality chemical. She is responsible for EHS regulatory support for products sold and manufactured in the Asia Pacific region and also provides assistance to subsidiaries on compliance matters.

Karon has also provided technical assistance on the development of chemical regulations to governments in Australia, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Taiwan and China. She has also served as a technical consultant to the US government and will be speaking at Hazards Asia Pacific to share her views on the possible directions of travel for future EHS regulation across the region.

Paul Haigh
Paul Haigh

Paul Haigh is the IChemE 2011 Council Medalist and was the Institution’s Vice President in 2000/2001. A nuclear industry expert, Paul is a Chartered Chemical Engineer and spent 30 years working at Magnox Electric, one of the UK’s pioneering generators of nuclear power.

Paul is now a consultant specialising the field of nuclear decommissioning where he travels widely in the US, South Africa and in the former Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact countries.

At Hazards Asia Pacific, Paul will assert that the global nuclear power industry can overcome the recent negative publicity brought about by the Fukushima Dailchi incident. He will draw upon his knowledge of earlier incidents, including Chernobyl and Three Mile Island to illustrate that modern reactor design embraces the highest standards in inherent safety.

Professor Jinsong Zhao is director at the Process Systems Engineering Institute at Tsinghua University, China. Professor Zhao is an experienced chemical engineer who also studied for his masters degree and PhD at Tsinghua University, He joined Day & Zimmermann international as a senior consulting engineer in 2001.

Professor Zhao went on to become a senior engineer and project leader at AET and a professor at the Beijing Institute of Chemical Technology in China before returning to Tsinghua University in 2008.

Professor Jinsong Zhao
Professor Jinsong Zhao

One of China’s leading experts on chemical process safety, he serves on the International Committee of Process Systems Engineering in Asia and the Committee of National Strategic Green Chemical Engineering Teaching. At Hazards Asia Pacific he will offer an insight into the safety challenges facing China as the country continues to undergo rapid economic growth.

Other speakers include representatives from Reliance Industries, Shell, ABB, ConocoPhillips, Talisman and Dupont, whilst renowned safety expert Trevor Kletz OBE will be addressing the conference audience via video-link.

The conference technical programme team has been led by Dr Christina Phang, Managing Director at leading global consultancy Environmental Resources Management (ERM).

The Hazards conference was first staged in Manchester, UK in 1960 and has since become one of Europe’s premier process safety conferences. Earlier this year, Hazards XXII took place in Liverpool, UK where more than 400 delegates learned about the latest developments in process safety and environmental protection.

IChemE Chief Executive Dr David Brown says that he is looking forward to the event: “Hazards AP will provide an essential forum for international experts and safety professionals to discuss the latest developments and share examples of best practice with a special emphasis on the challenges facing chemical and process operations in the Asia Pacific region.

IChemE is the global membership organisation for chemical and process engineers. With offices in Australia, China, Malaysia, New Zealand and the UK, IChemE has over 33,000 members in 120 countries.

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