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Latest Technologies in Gas Detection and Practices in Risk Management
March 31, 2016
Carlton Moaibed Hotel Al-Khobar













7:30 AM Networking
8:00 AM  Program Commences

08:00 – 08:30    Coffee and Registration

08:30 – 08:45    Opening Remarks (ASSE and MSA Speakers)

08:45 – 09:30    New Respiratory Protection Safety Solutions for Sour Oil and Gas Operations by Mr. Mohamed Elagrab

09:30 – 10:15    New Technologies for Gas Detection that Improve Both Safety and Efficiency within Oil and Gas by Mr. Gustavo Lopez

10:15 – 10:30    Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:15    Business Continuity Management Fundamentals by Mr. Edgar Salomon

11:15 – 12:00    Stress Testing of Risk Mitigation Plans Using Bayesian Networks by Dr. Iqbal Noor, P.E., CCP, PMP

12:00 – 12:15   Closing Remarks

12:15 – 13:00    Prayer – Mini Exhibition (MSA team will be available with product samples for any follow up question/discussion; Hands on experience and demonstration

13:00                 Lunch (Sponsored by MSA)




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New Respiratory Protection Safety Solutions for Sour Oil and Gas Operations


High protection factors (reflecting low leakages) are not indicative of respirator fitness for use in atmospheres containing extremely high concentrations of H2S. Under those critical conditions permeation of H2S through the respirator materials could become a serious issue. As more oil & gas operations are moving into sour phases, it becomes important to rely on respirators made of the right materials to reduce H2S permeation to a minimum

Mr. Mohamed Elagrab
Product Group Manager Respiratory Protection - Europe & International
Mohamed has over 12 years’ experience in Respiratory Protection and related PPE - and he is based out of our design centre in Berlin, Germany. He has closely worked with Oil & Gas key customers to design and customize supplied air solutions including challenging sour oil and gas fields. This lead to the development and commercial launch of two new respiratory protection product solutions that were both tested in 45% H2S. Mohamed has been supporting the activities of the ASSE-MEC since 2006 and since 2011; he is a member of JOIFF - the International Organization for Industrial Emergency Response ( - and participated in creating JOIFF's Confined Space Guideline. Mohamed holds a bachelor and a master’s degree from the American University in Cairo.

New Technologies for Gas Detection that Improve Both Safety and Efficiency within Oil and Gas

Ensuring that portable gas detectors are properly functioning and maintained is both logistically difficult as well as possible. New technology developments within the sensor field can provide the peace of mind & transparency while managing large fleets of gas detectors. Through advanced sensor predictive diagnostics and analytics, Oil and Gas facilities are able to follow industry's best safety practices of bump testing portable instruments without the need for calibration gas.

Mr. Gustavo Lopez
Global Product Business Director for Detection Products at MSA
Gustavo has over 10 years of experience in Gas Detection and sensors in both R&D and marketing. Over his career, Gustavo has been an active participant of safety associations like AIHA & ASSE among others. Since 2010, he has served as the chairman of the instruments group of the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA). During his tenure, the ISEA has assisted with confined space standard revisions and best practice guides. Most recently, the ISEA worked closely with OSHA to publish a best practice bulletin on calibration and testing of Portable Instruments ( The ISEA's instrument group is formed by leading manufacturers including MSA, Honeywell, Draeger among others. Gustavo holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He also holds an MBA from the Tepper School of Business from Carnergie Mellon University.

Business Continuity Management fundamentals

n today’s world, preparation to respond effectively to incidents that may affect an organization could mean the difference between the company’s survival or disappearance. This module will discuss the different threats organizations face, the consequences of those threats becoming a reality, the difference between a reactive and a proactive approach to organizational survival and the existing methodologies to manage risks and prepare for a crisis.

Mr. Edgar Salomon
Subject Matter Expert in Business Continuity
Subject Matter Expert in Business Continuity, Crisis Management and Disaster Recovery Management, with broad international exposure including Europe, the Middle East, South America, and the US. Edgar has worked in the Oil Industry for 30 years and has directed global business continuity efforts, developing, stablishing and maintaining corporate policy and delivery tools. In the past, Edgar has worked for Deloitte and Touche as BC SME. For BP in London and Houston as Upstream Business Continuity Manager and during the first part of his career he did a stint in IT in South America, Europe and the Middle East. Edgar is a Master Business Continuity Manager certified by the Disaster Recovery Institute (DRII). He has an MBA from London Guildhall University in the UK, a Master’s degree in Strategic Management and Innovation from Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona in Spain and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia.

Stress Testing of Risk Mitigation Plans Using Bayesian Networks

One of the key steps in Enterprise Risk Management programs is the population of a risk heat map and developing actions to treat or mitigate the unacceptable risks. This involves identifying where the risk currently lies on the heat map, where the risk would land post treatment and the treatment actions required to get there. This presentation will focus on how Bayesian network analysis can be used to validate whether the desired end point of treatment plans have been met.

Dr. Iqbal Noor
Iqbal is currently employed with Saudi Aramco and works in the Enterprise Risk Management team within Corporate Planning. Previously he has worked in various risk management roles for AMOCO, Enron, the US Department of Defense – Space and Naval Warfare Department, Entergy and most recently General Electric in their Oil and Gas business. Over the past 30 years, he has published extensively on risk management and has presented to NASA, PMI Global Congress, the World Congress on Cost Engineering and other forums. Iqbal is known for his work in pioneering the Risk Ranging modeling technique to quantify the monetary impacts of risks.


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