Goa, India
The signing ceremony took place on March 14 in Goa, India.

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 India’s Oil Industry Safety Directorate (OISD) to cooperate in advancing the practice of process safety in the petroleum sector in India and around the world.

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, India. Participants of the workshop included delegates from OISD and CCPS member companies based in India.

The memorandum broadens the sharing of lessons learned from process safety incidents, as well as information on the latest developments in the practice of process safety. This communication may lead to joint meetings and conferences, peer review of each other’s 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.

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“CCPS’s goal is to prevent process safety accidents anywhere in the world and in any industry,” said CCPS Technical Director Louisa Nara, who signed the MOU 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 safety.”

In announcing the MOU, Scott Berger, CCPS Executive Director, pointed out that CCPS has been working in India since late 2004. “Most of our organizational interactions have been in the Indian chemical sector,” he explained. “We are pleased to establish this formal relationship with OISD, and moreover to welcome OISD as a member organization of CCPS.”