Zsuzsanna Gyenes

Zsuzsanna Gyenes


IChemE Safety Centre

  • Day 3
  • 0930 - 1030
  • HSE Competency
  • Full ownership to lead the business development and technical work programmes of the IChemE Safety Centre in the UK, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
  • Regularly invited and speak at international conferences and technical symposiums all over the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Australia and the US.
  • Prepared and delivered technical online training materials and webinars on Process Safety Management, Change Management and learnings from major incidents, hazard identification techniques, runaway reactions and OHS topics.
  • Led the ISC technical working groups on process safety leading metrics managing external specialist resources to deliver technical guidance documents.
  • Trained regional managers and CEO’s of globally operating industrial sites on Process Safety Leadership and Culture with very high recognition and regularly invited to facilitate technical workshops for process safety engineers in the Middle East on PSM Systems COMAH, OSHA, CCPS, Energy Institute, ISC and their applications.

Topic: Achieving competency and learning from past events

Every day, engineers are working hard to reduce the huge risks that come with working in hazardous environments and share lessons learned in regard to process safety incidents. Achieving competency begins as an undergraduate, but it is cemented in the workplace. We shouldn’t restrict ourselves to thinking about chemical engineers either. The idea of achieving resilience through multiple, independent layers of protection can be pretty much universally applied and taught to students of all professions. Organisational roles in companies and industries though vary significantly. For this reason, the IChemE Safety Centre published a series of guidelines on the different levels of competency within any organization. It must be part of an organisation’s culture, including the engineering disciplines, plant operators, research scientists and management. The presentation discusses some key aspects about the different roles and required level of competency associated with those roles and a case where lack of competency within procurement led to a near miss.