The Process Improvement Institute (PII) instructors have trained more than 7000 technical and management staff in how to effectively implement PSM, safety management systems, and reliability programs. If you do not already know us, come to one of our many courses offered publicly to check us out first-hand.
Bill is President of the Process Improvement Institute (PII). He has over 30 years of experience, including more than 20 in senior management and senior PSM advisory roles. He is considered one of the leading authorities on process safety engineering, risk management, and human error prevention. He has a Bachelor and Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Akron (USA) and he has over 14 years of hands-on chemical industry experience in process operation, process engineering, process and product development, management and safety evaluation, and operations management. He holds 10 US patents, several of which are for products and processes that are in full, profitable production today. One factor that makes Mr. Bridges such a sought after consultant and instructor is his wealth of hands-on experience in chemical processing and in implementing PSM in the chemical industry. His last position in the chemical industry was as a chemical plant manager.
Bill has helped many companies in the petroleum, petrochemical, plastic and chemical process industries develop, implement and assess PSM and risk management programs. These programs include consideration of human factors to prevent human error. Bill has written several articles on “how to” prevent human error and how to implement PSM. He serves on the planning committee of AIChE for international conferences on process safety. Bill has taught PSM related courses, including process hazard analysis/HAZOP leadership, incident investigation/RCA, and management of change (MOC) since 1987. He is an instructor for several different courses for PII, and also lectures in American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and he teaches through ASSE-MEC and GPCA in the Middle East. He has trained more than 5000 in PSM-related and risk analysis-related topics.
Paul S. Casarez
Paul has over 27 years of experience in process engineering; production and maintenance management; HSE and risk-based safety management. He has facilitated, managed, developed and/or implemented policy and procedures covering every aspect of Risk Based Process Safety. Paul’s process safety experience covers highly toxic, flammable, explosive and highly reactive/unstable chemicals and chemical processes. He has extensive experience in large, intermediate and small (micro) processes along with continuous, batch, and lab operations.
Paul has a B.S in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University.
Dr. Tony Clark
Tony has a PhD in Chemical Engineering and began his career teaching chemical engineering to HND and B.Eng (Hons.) students at the Polytechnic of Wales, he then moved into consultancy and has more than 30 years experience in the fields of safety, loss prevention and environmental assessments. His work has included preparation of safety reports and QRA studies for a variety of onshore and offshore oil and gas installations, chemical and petrochemical plants both in the UK and overseas, and in particular the Middle East. In the early 1990’s he was seconded to BP Exploration in Scotland where he was a safety coordinator for a large offshore gas development. Tony’s training experience includes devising and presenting a training program covering the techniques of HAZOP, Hazard Analysis, and elements of PSM to the Chinese in Xinjiang. He has delivered hazard assessment and emergency planning training to Indian engineers, risk assessment and environmental analysis training in the Middle East. Tony continues to deliver consulting and training services to clients in UK, Europe, and the Middle East, including LOPA analysis, PHAs, HAZOPs, quantitative risk assessments, SIS determination and verification, etc.
Adel is an EHS-Process Safety Specialist with wide experience of petrochemicals EHS management, PSM (Process Safety Management) including Permit to Work and Accident Investigation, Capital Projects Safety, Environment, and Fire protection. He received his B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering from Washington State University. He has extended experience in loss prevention, safety/health/environment, fire protection, and process engineering in world-scale petrochemicals and fertilizers complexes. Adel has a quantifiable track record related to supervision of safe and secure design, construction, commissioning, start up, and operation of several world scale multi-billion petrochemicals complexes/facilities in conjunction with world renowned engineering contractors such as Fluor, Stone & Webster, Parsons, Daelim, Samsung, Snamprojetti, Chiyoda, Toyo, Linde, KBR, CTCI. He has specialized skills in risk mitigation and quantitative and qualitative risk assessment, including Consequence Analysis during design, construction and operations of process facilities. Additionally, Adel has trained personnel in the use of the HSE and PSM Elements and wrote standard operating procedures for the implementation of the Management system.
Arthur M. Dowell, III, P.E.
Art is an independent chemical process safety consultant. He has 42 years industrial experience at Rohm and Haas (now owned by the Dow Chemical Company) in technical support to operations, engineering design, plant startup, research, technology management, hazard and risk analysis, and incident investigation. He is recognized in the industry for his work in process safety management systems, incident investigation, and risk assessment and has many years conducting incident investigations. Mr. Dowell has extensive experience leading PHAs (Process Hazard Analyses), and performing consequence analysis and fault tree analysis. He is a proficient user of FMEA, what-if/checklist, event trees, and, an emerging technique, HAZROP (Hazard Reliability, and Operability Analysis). He taught multiple internal courses for Rohm and Haas PHA facilitators. He was a co-developer of the Multiple Cause, Systems Oriented Incident Investigation System at Rohm and Haas in the 1980s, and has conducted numerous training courses on incident investigation within Rohm and Haas and for the industry overall. He has been using LOPA (Layer of Protection Analysis) for chemical processes for more than 20 years, spearheading its use in Rohm and Haas Company, publishing it in industry symposia, and mentoring and training engineers in its use. Mr. Dowell served several years on the ISA S84 Standard Committee and the US Technical Advisory Group for the IEC 61511 Standard Committee. He was one of the primary authors of technical report TR84.0.02 for analysis of the performance of Safety Instrumented Functions (SIFs). Mr. Dowell is a Fellow of AIChE and a member of ISA (the Instrumentation Systems and Automation Society). He served the South Texas Section of AIChE on the Executive Committee and as secretary and treasurer. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (Chemical Engineering) in both Pennsylvania and Texas.
Ron is Managing Partner of The RM Group, Inc., Knoxville, TN. He travels worldwide working with manufacturing companies in North America, Europe, Australia, Africa, and the Far East.
Ron is author of the book Making Common Sense Common Practice: Models for Manufacturing Excellence, which describes one company’s journey to world class performance. His latest book is What Tool? When? Selecting the Right Manufacturing Improvement Tools. He has also written over 30 journal articles worldwide. Ron served for five years as President of Computational Systems, Inc (CSI), the leading supplier of industrial instruments and software for equipment condition monitoring technologies. During his five-year tenure, the company grew at 30% per year, while concurrently maintaining healthy profits and cash position, and a strong balance sheet. He holds a BSME, MSME, MBA, PE, and CMRP.
Mickey has more than 40 years of process engineering experience, with over 25 years in operations and operations management. He was plant manager of three different facilities involved in the large scale production of highly toxic and flammable chemicals. He has led many process hazard analyses (PHAs), including a great many management of change reviews. He has led many investigations and root cause analysis (RCAs) and several large scale process safety audits and assessments. He was a principal trainer for PHA leadership and process safety management (PSM) courses within Arch Chemical Company for several years and had overall responsibility for PSM implementation at both the plant and corporate levels of Olin Chemicals and Arch Chemicals. He has B.S. Chemical Engineering. He has served on book writing committees for CCPS/AIChE and he is an active member of NFPA, serving on several standards committees.
William (Bill) Rhodes, P.E.
Mr. William (Bill) Rhodes is a chemical engineer (BS Chem Eng) with 35+ years of industry experience and 20 years of PSM experience; this experience includes 14 years within Shell Oil Company and 21 years within Monsanto. Bill has a deep background in implementation of human factors, including launching a human reliability program for Monsanto’s Louisiana, Iowa, Idaho, and Belgium sites that addressed improving written procedures, improving shift change communication, improving human-system interfaces and alarm management, and better controlling fatigue. He led and implemented policies at his site to essentially eliminate fear of report of near misses and to turn over investigations to workers. Additionally, Bill has extensive experience managing the implementation of human and organizational performance improvement training. He is an expert at developing Environmental, Safety and Health Management systems and is a certified ISO 14001 Lead Auditor. His expertise also includes Title V air permitting and compliance, as well as compliance with several USEPA NESHAP standards. Bill is also a seasoned process and project engineer with extensive experience in natural gas processing and E&P field facilities. He is a registered Professional Engineer.
Greg has more than 17 years of process engineering experience, with 25+ years experience overall. He has extensive hands-on experience in chemical operations, which includes responsibility for effectively implementing process safety at sites for Cytec, Degussa, and Hoechst Celanese. His last position in the chemical industry was as operations manager. He also has experience in performing process hazard analyses (PHAs), investigations, and audits, and he has experience implementing behavior-based safety programs and incident reporting systems. He has extensive experience in helping clients implement process safety. He has similar experience with roll-out and implementation of Site Security and Site Vulnerability Assessments; for instance he led the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturer’s Association (SOCMA) efforts in security, management systems development, training, and member outreach. He is currently leading PHAs and PHA Revalidations and he is also teaching PHA Leadership courses and other topics for PII. He has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.
Revonda has 20+ years experience in the chemical industry, including process development, process engineering, and process safety management and evaluation. She holds one US patent. Revonda has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University and a MBA from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. The first 8 years of her career was hands-on in the chemical industry. In the early 1990’s Revonda led the PSM compliance initiative at a large chemical manufacturing facility, authoring policies and procedures to address industry, regulatory, and company standards, as well as managing their implementation. Revonda has been involved with plant emergency response teams as a responder and an incident command post team member.
Revonda has PSM training from AICHE/CCPS including Process Safety Documentation and Engineering Design for Process Safety. Other training includes PHA Leader and Incident Investigation Leader training. She has significant hands-on experience having participated in, led and documented over 40 PHAs, numerous management of change (MOC) risk reviews, performed many MOC approvals, participated or led several investigations, and participated or led many PSM compliance audits and PSM assessments. She has also developed customized training materials for various topics, including MOC, PHA leadership, and PSM auditing, and she is a co-instructor for these topics and for incident investigation. Revonda has experience with both community relations and crisis management and is currently involved in LEPC activities, her local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and is a “Together We Prepare” disaster preparedness volunteer and trainer with the American Red Cross. For the past 6 years of her career, she has been a consultant to the chemical industry, were she has provided PSM-related and PHA/HAZOP training and consulting.
Jeffrey (Jeff) Thomas
Jeff has 40+ years of experience in the oil and gas industry, including process engineering, oil and gas production operations and process safety management (PSM). He has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Ohio State University, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas. The first four years of Jeff’s career were spent hands-on as a process engineer and operations support advisor for gas plants, offshore platforms and other upstream operating facilities. He held several supervisory positions in facilities engineering and technical and operations training for ExxonMobil from 1980-1991. Jeff was instrumental in developing ExxonMobil’s Process Safety Management System called OIMS (Operations Integrity Management System) in the early 1990s. He has developed and conducted global training in PSM, hazard identification, management of change, incident investigation/root cause analysis, and risk assessments. Jeff has also done extensive work in development of best practices and training in operating practices such as Management of Change, Operating and Maintenance Procedures and Competency Assurance. The last 25 years he worked in process safety where he was the leading technical authority for ExxonMobil’s Production Company from 2009 to 2016.
Jeff has significant hands-on experience having led, organized, participated in and documented more than 50-Process Hazard Analyses (PHAs), numerous risk assessments, and a number of incident investigations and root cause failure analyses. He has also spent a considerable part of his career working in operating facilities assisting operations personnel and conducting technical, operating and process safety assessments. He participated on the API14C committee (Offshore Safety Systems) in updating the 14C Standard, which is used worldwide to design and maintain offshore safety systems. Jeff is currently the co-chair for the Texas A&M Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center, and is a member of AIChE and SPE.
Tim has 20+ years of experience in the petrochemical industry, including process control and instrumentation and process safety management (PSM), a B.S. in Biology from the University of New Brunswick, and is a certified instrumentation engineering technologist. The first 10-years of his career were hands-on in the petrochemical industry. In 2006, Tim began participation in the development and implementation of a formalized Risk Based Process Safety (RBPS) Management program at a large petrochemical manufacturing facility, authoring policies and procedures to address industry, regulatory, and company standards, as well as managing their implementation. He has been involved with plant emergency response teams as a responder, firefighter and an incident command-post team member.
Tim has significant hands-on experience having led, organized, participated in and documented more than 50-Process Hazard Analyses (PHAs), 40-Layer of Protection Analyses (LOPAs), numerous management of change (MOC) risk reviews, performed many MOC approvals, led over 50-incident investigations and 200-Pre-Startup Safety Review’s (PSSRs), and participated in over 15-gap analyses and audits for development of a PSM program. He has also developed training materials for various topics, including PSM, PSSRs, PSI, Action Management and Safety Instrumented System (SIS) Management.