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How Rare is Rare – considering those less-likely Process Safety events

September 11, 2018 @ 11:15 am - 12:30 pm

Sponsored by:  Experitec Inc., an Emerson Impact Partner
Speaker:  Mike Schmidt, Principal, Bluefield Process Safety
This presentation will discuss those rare but conceivable events sometimes dismissed as “not credible” (but actually are) and how the likelihood of those events can be calculated.  The discussion starts with meteors, but goes on to review earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, an airplane crashing into your plant, and other events.  ISA members should find it interesting and just as importantly, applicable.
Date: Tuesday, September 11th
Location: Burns and McDonnell, 9450 Ward Parkway
11:15-11:30 – Arrival, Networking, Lunch
11:30-11:35 – ISA-KC News
11:35-12:30 – Technical Presentation
Cost: $16.00 plus processing fee of approximately $1.15 / ticket
1 PDH will be awarded to attendees
Bio: Mike and the team he works with at Bluefield Process Safety provide safety lifecycle consulting to the chemical process industries, both by working with industrial clients and by training others to do that work.  His expertise includes facilitating HazOps and other forms of Process Hazard Analysis, facilitating Layer of Protection Analysis, working with organizations to establish Risk Tolerance Criteria, developing Safety Requirements Specifications for Burner Management Systems and other Safety Instrumented Systems, performing SIL verification calculations, and assisting with PSM compliance.
Mike’s CPI career began in 1977 and he was profoundly impacted by the 1984 tragedy in Bhopal. He has been working on process safety ever since and founded Bluefield Process Safety in 2008.  Since 2009, he has been on the faculty at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri, where he teaches undergraduate courses on safety engineering and process risk management, training almost a hundred engineering students every year.
Mike writes blogs on process safety and frequently publishes and presents articles and papers on process safety, particularly in the areas of Process Hazard Analysis, Layer of Protections Analysis, Risk Tolerance Criteria, and Safety Instrumented System design.  Most recently, he authored “Atmospheric Tank Failures: Mechanisms and an Unexpected Case Study,” which was published in Process Safety Progress and “Containing Hydrogen Deflagrations” which was just published in The Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries.
Mike received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and a Master of Business Administration degree from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.


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