Inspire 2014 Conference Covers Process Safety

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ACM Facility Safety and the Institute of Hazard Prevention present the Inspire 2014 Conference May 6-8, 2014, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The conference covers process safety issues and technology and features workshops, papers, demonstrations and panel discussions covering safety topics including SIL, HAZOP, offshore safety, the safety culture and how to improve safety procedures in process plants. 

Conference is made up of two parts, the Pre-Conference, which is two half-day workshops on Tuesday, May 6, and the two-day conference on May 7 and 8. 

The theme of Inspire 2014 is Culture, Safety and Technology. The sessions and keynote addresses will focus on understanding real-time and future risk in operations, creating and maintaining a culture of safety, and innovative solutions to safety issues in the form of programs, tools and technology. 

Keynote speakers and guest presenters will share success stories, lessons learned and ways to improve safety performance. 

Keynote speakers include Ian Sutton, process risk consultant and author, and Captain Keith Martinsen, North American aviation veteran. 

Sutton’s keynote address is titled “The Magpie Discipline.” He will discuss some of the attributes of an effective process safety professional, the development of PSM over the last 25 years and provide a few thoughts as to what the future holds for the PSM world. He will also present a paper “Offshore Safety — The Happening Place.” This covers lessons learned from the offshore business, particularly the impact of Deepwater Horizon/Macondo. The presentation will also discuss Safety Case/PSM approaches to managing process safety. 

Martinsen’s keynote address will draw on parallels identified in other industries where safety is vital and where human error plays a role in accidents. He will show how airlines struggled to resolve difficult safety issues that beset the entire industry worldwide, and how these problems were overcome to the point where air travel is now rightly recognized as the safest mode of transport in the world. 

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Some of the workshops include: 

Macondo Blowout: The Human and Organizational Causes of Accidents. Based on the work of Andrew Hopkins — focuses on the causes of the BP Deepwater Horizon (Macondo blowout) in the Gulf of Mexico and the poor engineering decisions made, and shows how future incidents can be prevented. 

A Mindful Organization: A Culture of Safety. Based on the work of Andrew Hopkins — how to identify warning signs, understand the problem of a “Culture of Denial,” the concept of “group think,” and critique reporting systems to improve detection and reporting of warning signs. 

Process Safety Visioning — shows how to identify safety improvement opportunities and kick-start action with an organization or a facility. 

Safety Culture Self-Assessment — provides a methodology to show how well your organization is performing with respect to safety, to gauge your employees’ perceptions, and to uncover the truth when discrepancies arise between performance and perception. 

Attendees at previous conferences included CEOs and executives, safety professionals and safety engineers, risk and PSM managers and leaders, project managers, front line workers and engineers in the oil & gas, chemical, refining, food, pharmaceutical, water & wastewater and other process industries where safety is an issue. 

To register, go to

About The Institute of Hazard Prevention
The Institute of Hazard Prevention is a learning center focused on making every day a “safe day” across all process industries. Founded by ACM Facility Safety in June 2012, it features an education and resource center with case studies, stories, methods and technologies that can help solve safety and lifecycle challenges.


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