Process safety – Rivers and Hackett speak out

On Wednesday 21st January, Ken Rivers and Judith Hackett will be among the keynote speakers at the Process Safety Management Summit II in London.

With its focus on the launch of the UK Process Safety Management Skills Strategy 2015 – 2018, HSE chair Judith will look at how the industry has been changing and how well process safety is understood by the new players that have entered the sector; the implications of the new COMAH 2015 regulation; public performance reporting and the Better Regulation Executive’s focus on enforcement.

With more than 35 years experience of the downstream oil industry, Ken is passionate about safety in the oil industry. He recently returned from New Zealand where he was running the country’s only oil refinery and was previously responsible for Shell’s refining and petrochemical operations in the UK.

Recognised as an industry expert, Ken chaired a joint industry/regulator task force in the wake of the Buncefield terminal explosion. He has also been appointed chair of the COMAH Strategic Forum tasked with improving the effectiveness of major hazard legislation in the UK and comprising both the regulatory authorities and the oil and chemical industries.

Also speaking are Allan Laing, CEO Pentagon Chemicals and chair of the Process Safety Management Project Board; and Malcolm Sarstedt, Europe operations manager – process safety, at Unilever.

An exhibition will also give the opportunity to meet and talk with representatives of companies offering a variety of safety-related services to the process industries.