CSB Announces Expert Panel Participants for Two Day Hearing on Safety Performance Indicators in Houston, Texas, on July 23-24

July 18, 2012

 CSB Announces Expert Panel Participants for Two Day Hearing on Safety Performance Indicators in Houston, Texas, on July 23-24

Washington, DC, July 18, 2012 - The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today announced the panel participants for its two-day hearing on effective safety performance indicators, where the agency plans to release preliminary findings from its investigation of the Macondo well blowout, explosion and fire in the Gulf of Mexico.
The meeting will be held on Monday, July 23, 2012, and Tuesday, July 24, 2012, in Houston, Texas, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel located at 1200 Louisiana Street in the Imperial West Auditorium. The meeting will bring together international regulators, union representatives, and industry groups to discuss the use of safety performance indicators in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon accident.

CLICK HERE to visit the CSB’s public hearing webpage, to ensure adequate seating is available at the hearing please register for the event by emailing [email protected]. The public hearing is free and open to the pubic.
Panel I (Day 1) - Qualities of Effective Indicator Programs - Downstream Petrochemical & Refining 
  • Kelly Keim, Vice Chair, ANSI/API Recommended Practice 754 Task Group, and Chief - Process Safety Engineer, ExxonMobil Chemical
  • Jordan Barab, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor
  • Kim Nibarger, Health, Safety and Environment Department, United Steelworkers (USW) International Union
Panel II (Day 1)     Qualities of Effective Indicator Programs - Downstream   

                                   Petrochemical & Refining

  •  Ian Travers, Head of Chemical Industries Strategy Unit, Hazardous Installations Directorate, U.K. Health & Safety Executive (HSE)
  • Jessie Hill Roberson, Vice Chairman, Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
  • John W. Lubinski, Deputy Director, Division of Inspection and Regional Support, Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
  •  Martin Sedgwick, Head of Engineering and R&D, Global Technical Services, Scottish Power
Panel III (Day 2)    Regulatory, Stakeholder, and Public Interest Groups


  • Kenneth E. Arnold, Chairman, Committee on the Effectiveness of Safety & Environmental Management Systems for Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Operations
  • Ian Whewell, Former Director, U.K. HSE Offshore Division
  • Jake Malloy, Regional Organizer, Offshore Energy Branch, RMT O.I.L.C.
  • Roy Erling Furre, Second Deputy Leader, SAFE
  • Dr. Øyvind Lauridsen, Principal Engineer, Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA)
  •  Lois Epstein, Engineer and Artctic Program Director, The Wilderness Society
Panel IV (Day 2)
  • C.R. (Charlie) Williams II, Executive Director, Center for Offshore Safety and Chief Scientist - Well Engineering and Production Technology, Shell
  • Bob Lauder, Health & Safety Policy Manager, Oil & Gas U.K.
  •  Aud Nistov, Health & Working Environment, Safety and Security Manager and Acting Director of HSE & Operations, Norwegian Oil Industry Association (OLF)
  • Gunhild Holtet Eie, Vice President for Statoil’s HSE Competence Centre and Kathy Konocz, Vice President of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE), Statoil’s Development Production North American Operations (joint presentation)
  •  Joe Stough, Vice President, Innovation Technologies, IHS
The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents. The agency's board members are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. CSB investigations look into all aspects of chemical accidents, including physical causes such as equipment failure as well as inadequacies in regulations, industry standards, and safety management systems. 

The Board does not issue citations or fines but does make safety recommendations to plants, industry organizations, labor groups, and regulatory agencies such as OSHA and EPA. Visit our website, www.csb.gov.

For more information, contact Director of Public Affairs Hillary Cohen, (202) 261-3601, cell (202) 446-8094. 
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