The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) is pleased to announce that Dr. Thomas M. Connelly, chief executive officer of the American Chemical Society (ACS), and Dr. M. Sam Mannan, director of the Mary K. O'Connor Process Safety Center at Texas A&M University, will be the featured speakers at the National Chemical Safety Symposium - hosted by ChemStewards, October 20-21, 2015, in Houston.
The symposium brings together national and local authorities on process safety and occupational excellence to present the latest trends and methodologies used in the industry today to create a safe and secure manufacturing environment.
"Protecting people and the environment, educating stakeholders, while continuing to advance science, is a top priority for the chemistry enterprise," said Connelly. "I thank SOCMA for convening this conference, and I look forward to sharing my thoughts on leading safety in an industrial setting."
Before taking the lead at ACS, the largest scientific society in the world, Connelly retired from DuPont, where he was executive vice president and chief innovation officer.
Mannan, who is also Chemical Engineering Department regents professor and holder of the T. Michael O'Connor I chair at Texas A&M, returns to the symposium for the third year and will offer his insight on promoting safety as second nature for all plant personnel.
"We are delighted to have key industry leaders like Dr. Connelly and Dr. Mannan join us at this year's symposium," said Dr. J. Holland Jordan, managing director of ChemStewards. "We look forward to hearing their perspectives on how we can better train and inform our chemical facility employees about risk management and working smarter through their systems and processes to create a safer work environment."
The symposium also includes expert speakers from industry, government, and academia who will give presentations, serve on industry panels, and participate in a Q&A session.
SOCMA will also celebrate ChemStewards' 10-year anniversary during a kickoff reception. More details can be found here.
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