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11th Professional Development Conference & Exhibition

Introductory word

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is an independent nonprofit professional organization with more than 34,000 professional members worldwide. The ASSE’s mission is to foster the technical, scientific, managerial and ethical knowledge, skills and competency of safety, health and environment (SHE) professionals for the protection of people, property and the environment.

The Middle East Chapter (ASSE-MEC) was established in 1982 and has held several conferences and technical meetings in the Gulf region. These events have attracted many international speakers, a variety of exhibitors and a large number of attendees. The broad range of subjects addressed, the sharing and dissemination of knowledge, and
the resulting discussions made previous conferences a recognized success. This encouraged ASSE-MEC to organize its 11th conference, from March 15 to 19, 2014, in the Kingdom of Bahrain.


Promoting the Culture of Safety through Effective Leadership

Patricia M. Ennis
Ms. Ennis has 23 years of experience in safety management and consulting. She had worked in the construction and insurance industries, and was the director of workplace safety for Denver Zoological Foundation. Ms. Ennis is currently a senior risk control consultant for Willis, North America Inc. in Denver, Colorado. During her term as chapter president (2001-2002), the Colorado Chapter received the Chapter Achievement Award. She was Region II vice president for two terms (2004-2008) and participated in the Region II Advisory Committee. Ms. Ennis was also active in different roles within the ASSE, and was named the Colorado Chapter Safety Professional of the Year in 2003. She received the Charles V. Culbertson Outstanding Volunteer Service Award in 2008. Ms. Ennis has authored a chapter in the Construction Safety Management and Engineering (Hill, 2004). Ms. Ennis holds a Bachelor’s degree from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Regis University in Denver.

Inherently Safe Design and its Role in Process Safety

Dr. M. Sam Mannan
Mary Kay O’Connor
Dr. Mannan joined the Chemical Engineering Department of Texas A&M University in 1997. He coauthored the Guidelines for Safe Process Operations and Maintenance published by the Center for Chemical Process Safety, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). He is also the editor of the 3rd and 4th editions of the authoritative reference, Lees’ Loss Prevention in the Process Industries. Dr. Mannan is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions. In 2003, he served as a consultant to Columbia Accident Investigation Board. In 2006, he was named the inaugural holder of the T. Michael O’Connor Chair I. In 2007, he was elected Fellow of AIChE. In December 2008, the Board of Regents of Texas A&M University System recognized Dr. Mannan’s exemplary contributions to the university, agency and to the people of Texas in teaching, research and service by naming him Regents Professor of Chemical Engineering. He is a Guest Professor at the Nanjing University of Technology and the China University of Petroleum in Qing Dao. In September 2011, the Technical University of Łódź, Poland, conferred the Doctoris Honoris Causa on Dr. Mannan. In 2012, Dr. Mannan was awarded the Bush Excellence Award for Faculty in Public Service. Dr. Mannan obtained his Ph.D. in 1986 in chemical engineering from the University of Oklahoma.

Out of sight, Out of Mind, a Case Study

Quentin A. Baker
President and CEO, Baker Eng. and Risk Consultants, Inc.
Quentin A. Baker is president of Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants, Inc., an engineering company with offices in the US, UK and Canada that specializes in the prevention and mitigation of potential explosion, fire and toxic release hazards. Mr. Baker holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has over 30 years of experience in R&D, testing, hazards analysis and engineering projects in the fields of combustion, explosions and blast effects. He has investigated more than 100 explosion incidents in a wide variety of industries. In addition to providing engineering services for managing risk, his company has R&D activities focused on improving safety, and investigation services to help clients determine the causes of incidents.

Emerging HSE Challenges and Best Practice Solutions

James R. Johnson
National Safety Council, VP. Workplace Safety Initiatives
Jim Johnson is responsible for leading National Safety Council’s advocacy initiatives to reduce deaths and injuries in the workplace. Mr. Johnson partners with a diverse group of stakeholders to establish and promote best practices for safety and health systems that reduce risk, injuries and deaths. He is also responsible for supporting the council’s workplace safety businesses that partner with and help organizations in their journey to safety excellence — a continuous improvement process focusing on leadership and employee engagement, safety management systems, risk reduction strategies and performance measurement. The council provides this help through membership, events, publications and books, education and training, and safety management solutions, including assessments, surveys and consulting. Mr. Johnson is also responsible for the Campbell Institute, the center of EHS excellence at the Council. He has 35 years of experience as a safety and health consultant, project manager and team manager. He has led the development and delivery of progressive safety solutions for companies of all sizes and industries. Mr. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Stanford University.

Safety Engineering in a Supportive System

Eddie Morland
UK CEO, Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL),
Mr. Morland has worked in the arena of industrial safety for 38 years, and is recognized as a world expert in the field of structural integrity and fracture mechanics. His career subsequently broadened into senior roles in project management, commercial and operations management of scientific and technical services, and into different industrial sectors, including power generation, oil & gas and defense. In 1997, Mr. Morland became the Deputy CEO (and later CEO) of AEA Rail, a private company which incorporated the former British and Dutch National Rail Research Centers. Mr. Morland joined the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) as Chief Executive in October 2005. HSL is an agency of Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the UK and provides HSE with investigative support on significant industrial accidents, investigating around 200 such incidents every year. He is a member of the Senior Management Team of HSE, reporting directly to its CEO. Over the last eight years he has transformed HSL from a predominantly in-house supplier to HSE, into an internationally active organization, providing independent health and safety solutions to a wide range of industrial sectors, including the process safety sector. Mr. Morland has a First Class Honours Degree in Physics and a Master’s Degree in Management Science. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and a Chartered Physicist.