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2019 AIChE Spring Meeting – New Orleans, LA

Join Provenance Consulting at the 2019 AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety in New Orleans, LA, March 31 – April 4.

Stop by Booth #505 to meet the Provenance Team and learn about our revolutionary PHA data management software to be revealed at the conference!


Also come meet Justin Phillips, P.E., our Relief Systems Line of Service Manager. You can catch his presentation on Monday, April 1, 2019: 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM as part of the Pressure Relief Design I session. His topic, “Relief Systems Anonymous: Answers to Questions You Don’t Want to Ask”, is sure to be one you don’t want to miss.Read more


Can You Hear Me Yet? Communication and Process Safety

I send the email with a link to a document and the cursory note, “Please review and get back to me.” Then I wait. Meanwhile, in my own inbox, I’ve got a dozen requests for action, reviews, and responses. There are many ways to communicate, but this is certainly one of the most common in the business realm. Regardless of the method, we’ve all had the experience of trying to communicate to others met with varying degrees of success. The desire to communicate is fundamental to being human. The ability to clearly communicate is fundamental to good Process Safety Management.

At Provenance, we’ve distilled OSHA’s 14 PSM Elements into the Five PSM Mindsets™: Identify the Hazards, Communicate the Hazards, Protect against the Hazards, Re-Evaluate the Hazards, and Transparency about the hazards. While all of the mindsets are important, communicating may be one of the more challenging since it moves beyond the realm of technical details and into that of human nature.

The word “communicate” comes from the Latin word that means “to share.” Businessdictionary.com defines it as a “two-way process” that is more than just exchanging information, leading to “creating and sharing meaning.” An exchange of information might involve me informing you of an issue (e.g. the diesel header is too small) and you informing me of an idea (e.g. we need bigger piping). Deeper communication may happen when we come together and discuss the obstacles (pipe sizes, salt filters, pump limitations) and the opportunities (abandoned larger pipes and vessels, filter technology improvements) and create a solution.

In our world of technology, it is easy to use the written word and pictures to send issues and ideas back and forth to each other. In some ways we have become accustomed to communicating as if in a tennis match: your turn, my turn, your turn, my turn. I’ve sent you information. Now I sit back and wait for you to do something with it. It’s not my problem until I hear back from you. This is especially true with the information and technology access overloaded world we live in and is often a necessity. But if I think back to almost any project I’ve ever been involved with, the biggest and best “aha” moments of creativity happened when I was in the room with the person or at least on the phone, collaborating, bouncing ideas off each other and making something better than one person could alone. We experience more effective communication when it is approached like a volleyball match – someone serve-receives it to the setter who sets it up for the final spike from the outside hitter – each building on the other until a master play is achieved.

Bringing it back to Process Safety in a facility, we do our most effective communicating when we discuss the hazards, sharing concerns, obstacles, and opportunities, often in person. When each employee brings their perspectives and experiences to the table, the group can create something new that will keep the employees and the community safer than before.

In our upcoming July 25th AIChE webinar, “Your organization is talking, is anybody listening? How to communicate hazards and talk like a team,” we’ll go into more detail on the practicalities of communicating with various groups, setting up channels for consistent and effective discussions, and building meaning as a team from the copious flood of data and information being shared each day.

By Sarah McDuffee, Training & Development Coordinator

Want to Learn More?

Live AIChE Academy Webinar

Your Organization Is Talking, Is Anybody Listening?

How to Communicate Hazards and Talk Like a Team

 July 25th, 2018

 2:00-3:00 pm EST

 Cost: FREE


Scott Kindy

Scott Kindy is a Senior Process Safety Management (PSM) Consultant and Account Director at Provenance Consulting. He has ten (10) years of experience in PSM related project execution in the petrochemical industry. His expertise includes executing and managing projects related to various elements of PSM including Management of Change (MOC), Mechanical Integrity (MI), Process Safety Information (PSI), Process Hazard Analysis (PHA), and compliance audits.


Mercer clarifies PHMSA and PSM boundaries with 2018 AIChE Whitepaper

Jurisdictional Boundaries in Midstream

Where is the Line?

Account Director Lauren Mercer presented her whitepaper “Jurisdictional Boundaries in Midstream: Where is the Line?” at the 2018 AIChE Spring Meeting in Orlando, Florida. Mercer has a skill for taking complex and nuanced topics and making them manageable and consumable for the audience. The AIChE committee chose to record her presentation, and it will be made available in the archived AIChE meeting database, available to AIChE members and conference attendees.

Author: Lauren Mercer
Account Director

Paper Abstract

Where is the Line?

This paper discusses the gray area between OSHA and DOT jurisdiction, including coverage of terminal operations, railcars/trucks, and underground storage applicability. The nuances of PSM applicability, including interconnectivity and colocation, hydrocarbon used as a fuel, atmospheric tanks, and safety systems will be presented.

Furthermore, this paper will provide a history of jurisdictional boundary and PSM applicability cases/interpretations and will present examples of determining PSM jurisdiction and applicability. The intent is to pull all aspects of each regulations together in a single location to be used as a reference when evaluating the jurisdictional boundaries at a midstream facility.

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2018 #AIChESpring Meeting & Global Congress on Process Safety

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at the #AIChESpring Meeting & #GCPS

We are thrilled to be again participating in AIChE’s 14th Global Congress on Process Safety in Orlando, Florida April 23-25th, 2018. The event features a three-day program of technical papers and workshops on topics such as: Management Systems, Big Data Analytics, Industry 4.0, changes to Industry standards, HAZOP best practices, Improving Safety Culture, and Technology.Read more