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June 2022

Our team will be presenting the following topics at the Texas/Louisiana EHS Seminar, June 9, 2022. Visit the conference website for more information:

TCC 2022

Presenting “Facility Siting for Temporary Structures”

Thursday, June 9, 2022, 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM CT


Jodi Kostecki

Thomas Mander

Since the 2005 Texas City Refinery explosion, updates to facility siting requirements have resulted in owners/operators seeking blast resistant buildings to house essential personnel near operational units. While many facilities have invested in permanent buildings to achieve this, owners/operators often seek alternative “temporary” solutions such as blast resistant modules (BRMs) and tents to comply with API 752/753/756. This presentation will discuss the ability of these alternative structures to protect personnel as well as key things to consider from a facility siting perspective before ultimately selecting your protective solution. Examples will be provided from full-scale tests of BRMs and tents to highlight key aspects of structural response to the audience.

Presenting “Being Scientific in Incident Investigations.”

Thursday, June 9, 2022, 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM CT

Quentin Baker

Incident investigations can be very challenging and require an objective methodology to determine the contribution causes. The revised CCPS investigation book, NFPA 921 and other references include the Scientific Method to provide a systematic approach that includes testing of hypotheses. The Scientific Method is age old and easily understood and practiced. Yet, investigation teams often rely on judgements to justify their final hypothesis without objectively testing their hypothesis. Unfortunately, they may not have found the real contributing causes. The danger is that corrective actions will not address the real root causes. The presentation will describe and demonstrate the use of the Scientific Method.