Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center

The Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center (MKOPSC) was established in 1995 in memory of Mary Kay O’Connor, an operations superintendent killed in an explosion in 1989. The Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center’s mission is to promote the importance of “Making Safety Second Nature” by leading the integration of process safety through Research, Service, Training and Education. For over 25 years, the Center has strived to develop, enhance and disseminate knowledge regarding the application of engineering principles for prevention, mitigation and response strategies against incidents in the chemical process, oil and gas, and pharmaceutical industries. MKOPSC conducted extensive research into historical Process Safety Incidents

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Process Safety engineering is: implementing into everyday engineering procedures, a broad-based understanding of the complex interaction of chemical process technology, mechanical integrity and process design, process control, and Process Safety Management Systems (PSMS) and by virtue of knowledge and experience, evaluate an integrated petrochemical process and: - Identify hazards - Evaluate the risk from those hazards, both qualitatively and quantitatively - Assist in the identification of and evaluation of cost-effective engineering solutions to reduce or mitigate those risks to successfully perform these functions by being knowledgeable in the following areas: - Engineering Standards and Practices - Human Factors - Process Safety Technical Information - Process Hazards Analysis Methodologies - Technical Systems Analysis Methodologies - Risk Analysis and Assessment Methodologies - Decision Analysis Methodologies


  • HSE managers
  • Toezichthouders


  • Process Safety - Asset Integrity Management - Algemeen
  • Risk | Control | Assurance - Algemeen
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Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center (MKOPSC)