Improving safety in harsh environments
For the second year in a row, safety and integrity experts and researchers came together in St. John’s for the Safety and Integrity Management of Operations in Harsh Environments Workshop.
From Oct. 22-23, more than 130 experts from industry, academia and government discussed challenges that arise as a result of harsh environments to develop a collective action plan to ensure safer designs and operations.
Dr. Faisal Khan is the Vale Research Chair in Process Safety and Risk Engineering and head of process engineering at Memorial University. It was his vision to create such a workshop and he is pleased with its progress to date.
“We need to enhance our understanding and practice with regards to safety and risk management,” said Dr. Faisal Khan, Vale Research Chair in Process Safety and Risk Engineering and head of process engineering at Memorial. “This workshop provides an international platform to share our knowledge. By sharing knowledge, we strengthen our belief and take a step closer to developing innovative solutions to prevent failures, incidents and accidents, thus improving safety and integrity.”
Keynote Speaker Romney Duffey, president, DSM Associates Inc., spoke about safety and expressed the importance of workshops that focus on safety and asset integrity.
“It’s absolutely essential,” he said. “I was so pleased to learn that Memorial has a safety and risk program. This is a never-ending journey we’re on. It’s technically challenging, physically challenging, enduringly challenging and financially challenging. However, we are doing our very best to ensure the safety of our assets and the safety of our operations.
“We need to reassure the public that we are doing that and I believe that as programs mature and develop and new programs are introduced, it goes a long way in increasing knowledge and increasing confidence and increasing safety.”
During the two days, sessions included discussions on design and operational integrity in harsh environments, efficient winterization strategies, corrosion prevention and control and condition monitoring in harsh environments and safety.
Dr. Khan says that such an event could not happen without the hard work of an exceptional committee.
“I would like to thank the organizing committee, who did excellent work,” he said. “I would especially like to acknowledge the hard work of Dr. Salim Ahmed, the organizing committee lead, who facilitated smooth operation of the event.”
The next workshop is planned for March 2016.