International Society of Automation News Release
Contact: Bernard H. Penney
Lisa Long to Address Findings from OSHA's Refinery and Chemical National Emphasis Programs at ISA EXPO 2009
Research Triangle Park, NC (24 September 2009) –Lisa Long, Safety Engineer with the U.S. Department of Labor-OSHA (U.S. DOL-OSHA), will present a keynote address at ISA EXPO 2009 in Houston, TX, on 8 October titled, “Overview and Findings from OSHA's Refinery and Chemical National Emphasis Programs."
As Safety Engineer at the U.S. DOL-OSHA for the past two years, Ms. Long has primarily focused on Process Safety Management. Prior to working at the U.S. DOL-OSHA, Ms. Long was an investigator at the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, where she led several major investigations involving chemical facilities. Prior to working in U.S. government, she worked for 12 years for several major chemical companies in positions including, process engineering and production management.
In her presentation abstract, Long notes that “following a large number of fatal or catastrophic incidents in the petroleum refining industry, OSHA launched a significant Process Safety Management (PSM) enforcement program; the Petroleum Refinery National Emphasis Program (NEP) was initiated in June 2007. A similar NEP was launched for the chemical industry in July 2009. Both programs use a newly developed inspection protocol to inspect petroleum refineries and chemical plants under federal jurisdiction.”
Long’s presentation will describe the Refinery and Chemical NEP inspection protocol and procedures, and will review preliminary findings from the Refinery NEP, including data on the most frequently cited paragraphs of the PSM standards and example citation language.
"Safety is a top concern from the plant floor up in industry today,” said ISA Director of Convention Services, Dale Lee. “We are honored to have Ms. Long address ISA EXPO attendees on such a critical subject.”
The ISA EXPO 2009 conference will feature six Exchange Conference Tracks centered on key issues facing instrumentation, automation, and control professionals. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss best practices, lessons learned, and potential solutions to specific automation problems as part of the conference's technology exchange format.
For more information about ISA EXPO 2009, or to register, visit
www.isa.org/isaexpo, or call + 1 (919) 549 8411.
Founded in 1945, the International Society of Automation (www.isa.org) is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts the largest conference and exhibition for automation professionals in North America. ISA is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org).