The Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) of the
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) has signed a
memorandum of understanding with the Government of Indias
Oil Industry Safety Directorate (OISD), the groups said late
The agreement calls for
the groups to cooperate in advancing the practice of process
safety in the petroleum sector in India and around the
The signing ceremony took place on March 14, during a CCPS
workshop on Recognizing Hazardous Incident Warning Signs
in the Process Industries that was held in Goa,
Participants of the workshop included delegates from OISD and
CCPS member companies based in India.
The agreement broadens the sharing of lessons learned
from process safety incidents, as well as information on the
latest developments in the practice of process
CCPSs goal is to prevent process safety accidents
anywhere in the world and in any industry, said CCPS
technical director Louisa Nara, who signed the agreement
on behalf of CCPS.
To this end, we seek out organizations with the
experience and influence that can help broaden our knowledge
and strengthen the global commitment to process
Nara added that OISD is an ideal partner, with India in the forefront of
development for industries that most benefit from chemical
process safety and with the years of experience OISD brings to
the Indian petroleum sector.
This communication may lead to joint meetings and conferences,
peer review of each others publications, and other
activities. Leaders of both organizations say such cooperation
is critical to incorporating process safety into
companies management systems to prevent the recurrence of
existing and former problems.
Hazardous industries like ours must ensure that the
lessons learned from major accidents are incorporated into
management systems," said Hirak Dutta, executive director
"We value our cooperation with CCPS in promoting benchmarks,
high diligence, and a holistic approach to health, safety and
the environment, and asset integrity management to avert major
In announcing the agreement, CCPS executive director Scott
Berger pointed out that his group has been working in
India since late 2004.
Most of our organizational interactions have been in the
Indian chemical sector, Berger
said. We are pleased to establish this formal
relationship with OISD, and moreover to welcome OISD as a
member organization of CCPS.