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3rd Annual (Virtual)

Process Safety Summit in Washington, DC

December 8-9, 2020

Presented by

About the Summit

The Process Safety Summit in Washington, DC is an annual event in our nation’s Capital.  The 2nd Annual Summit last Fall welcomed more than 175 safety and legal professionals from stakeholders in the chemical, petrochemical, paper, and petroleum refining industries and other industries with operations impacted by OSHA’s PSM Standard and EPA’s RMP Rule.

​The Summit focuses on the process safety regulatory landscape and industry best practices. The event covers rulemaking, enforcement programs and matters, significant cases, trends as we move through the Trump Administration, best practices, and other key process safety regulatory issues impacting Industry.


The format is broken into two parts: a day of panels and speakers expected from OSHA, EPA, the Department of Justice, the CSB, and other agencies on December 8th, followed by a half-day of confidential breakout sessions with Industry stakeholders on December 9th.

This Summit fills an important gap for those impacted by Process Safety.  Though there are opportunities for employers and operators to interact with key government regulators, none of those opportunities focus exclusively on process safety, and all other true process safety events are far from Washington, DC, making it hard to attract any, or more than one senior agency official and trade group staff.


The objectives of the Process Summit in Washington, DC are:

  • Education on process safety regulatory and enforcement developments and trends

  • Identification of innovative approaches to process safety and compliance

  • Elevation of awareness about process safety to employers and trade groups

  • Relationship-building between Industry and its process safety regulators

  • Knowledge-sharing and benchmarking among similarly situated employers



2020 Agenda

Summary Agenda

Day 1 - December 8, 2020


Government Panels

10:00 AM   Welcome Remarks

10:10 AM   OSHA and CSB Forecast with former OSHA and CSB Officials and Regulatory Experts

              · Gabe Sierra, Former OSHA Chief of Staff

· Jim Lay, Former Sr. Official in OSHA’s Office of Chemical Process Safety and Enforcement
   Initiatives and Former CSB Lead Investigator

· Lara Swett, VP of Technical and Safety, AFPM

· Tyler Kubik, Associate Counsel, AFPM

· Co-Moderators: Eric J. Conn, Chair, OSHA Practice at Conn Maciel Carey LLP

                               Beeta Lashkari, Associate, OSHA Practice at Conn Maciel Carey LLP 

11:00 AM   Break

11:15 AM   EPA Panel - RMP litigation update, RMP enforcement update, RMP implications of

                   COVID- 19, RMP regulatory agenda and areas of future emphasis

             · Steven CookDep. Assistant Administrator, EPA Office of Land & Emergency Management

             · Jim Belke, Head of RMP Program, EPA Office of Land & Emergency Management

           · Moderator: Tim Webster, Partner, Environmental Group at Sidley Austin LLP

12:15 PM   Mid-Day Break

  2:45 PM   Criminal Prosecutors Panel - What PSM-related circumstances trigger criminal 

                   prosecutions and what do the prosecutions look like

             · Lana Pettus, Assistant Section Chief at US DOJ, Environmental Crimes Section

             · Kim Ogg, Harris County District Attorney 

           · Moderator: Aaron Gelb, Partner, OSHA Practice at Conn Maciel Carey LLP

  3:45 PM   Break

  4:00 PM   Conversation with the Director of NIOSH about COVID-19 in the Workplace

            · John Howard, Director of the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health

            · Moderator: Kate McMahon, Partner, OSHA Practice at Conn Maciel Carey LLP

Day 2 - December 9, 2020

Polling and Virtual Roundtable Discussions

Open to Operating Companies Only

10:00 AM   PHAs and Compliance Audits During the Pandemic, Impacts of the Election on RMP and 

                   PSM rulemaking and enforcement, Reactions to the Government Panels, Expanding PSM

                   Coverage, Attorney-Client Privilege for Process Safety Audits                         

· Co-Moderators: Micah Smith, Partner, OSHA Practice at Conn Maciel Carey LLP

                              Tim Webster, Partner, Environmental Group at Sidley Austin LLP

  Simone Jones, Associate, Environmental Group at Sidley Austin LLP

12:15 PM    Closing Remarks           

Who should attend?

• PSM/Safety Managers

• In-house and Outside Safety and Health Attorneys

• The C-Suite

• Regulatory Affairs Specialists

• Operations Managers

• Process Safety Consultants and Experts

• Trade Association Staff


Resources from Past Summits

Key takeaways from the government panels

• Slides from the OSHA PSM NEP Breakout

• Slides from the RMP Breakout

• Results from the various interactive polls throughout the day


To be announced (invitations extended)

Register for the 2020 Summit

Register for the Summit here 
If you are using Internet Explorer, please contact tgreen@connmaciel to register.

Registration questions? Contact Theresa Green

Event Location & Accommodations

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be transitioning to a virtual program just for 2020.  More logistics to follow.




Is your Trade Association interested in sponsoring? 

Please contact for more info.

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