Production of chemicals often involves materials and conditions that can pose risks of releasing toxic or flammable compounds, or creating fires and explosions. This panel discussion will provide insights on practical ways to ensure process safety by recognizing, avoiding or minimizing these risks.
Erik de Groot
Marketing Manager, Safety Management System, Honeywell Process Solutions
Erik de Groot is marketing manager of safety management systems for Honeywell Process Solutions, responsible for the FSC and Safety Manager product lines. He has been active in the process industries in both process development and automation for 26 years, including 16 years with Honeywell where he started as an application engineer in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Erik then held positions in sales support and system consultancy, moving into product marketing in 1999. His product management roles have included responsibilities for Experion engineering tools, process controllers and simulation environments. He holds a Bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the HTS Hilversum, The Netherlands.
Roy E. Sanders
Roy E. Sanders, Chemical Engineer – is a free-lance process safety consultant. He recently retired from PPG Industries in Lake Charles, LA. Roy worked for PPG for 42 years and specialized in Process Safety fundamentals since 1974.
Roy has authored about two dozen published practical articles. Many of his articles were first presented at AIChE and Texas A&M Process Safety Symposia. His third book Chemical Process Safety: Learning from Case Histories (2005) continues to sell.
Roy is a part-time research associate for the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center at Texas A&M and coordinates process safety seminars for McNeese State University (Lake Charles, LA).. He has taught brief Process Safety Courses all over the U.S. and Canada. Recently he taught in Amsterdam, Bahrain, India, and Taiwan.
During his retirement Roy enjoys his family, grand-children, traveling, teaching, gardening, photography, and alligator hunting.
Honeywell Process Solutions
Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS) is a global leader in process automation and control solutions that help customers run their operations efficiently, productively and safely. HPS provides the only truly integrated safety and security solution, supporting complete operational integration through a single dashboard. This approach reduces risks that can threaten people, assets and the environment - increasing uptime and improving profitability.