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3rd Annual Process Safety Summit in Washington, DC

October 27-28, 2020

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About the Summit

The Process Safety Summit in Washington, DC is an annual event in our nation’s Capital.  The Inaugural 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 half-day of confidential breakout sessions with Industry stakeholders on October 15th, followed by a full-day of panels and speakers expected from EPA, the Department of Labor, the CSB, and other agencies on October 16th.  

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


Here are the key takeaways from the Inaugural Process Safety Summit in Washington, DC.


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

Stay Tuned for the 2020 Agenda 


Last Year's Agenda

Day 1 - October 15, 2019


Facilitated Discussions

1:30 PM   Registration (Sidley Austin LLP, 1501 K Street, NW, Concourse Level)

2:00 PM   Welcome remarks


2:15 PM   RMP Rulemaking and Enforcement, and Hydrofluoric Acid Issues 

             · Co-facilitated by Tim Webster and Justin Savage of Sidley Austin LLP

             · Compliance strategies for RMP developments, including the RMP Amendments and

                expected Rollback Rule, as well as developments with use of hydrofluoric acid at facilities

3:10 PM   Coffee and Networking Break

3:25 PM   OSHA's ChemRef PSM National Emphasis Program 

             · Co-facilitated by Eric J. Conn, OSHA Practice Chair at Conn Maciel Carey, and

               Kaleb Brankamp, EHS Attorney at Marathon Petroleum

             · Trends from the 1st year of inspections under OSHA's new ChemRef PSM NEP, lessons

                from the inspections, and best practices for preparing for and managing NEP inspections

4:20 PM   Coffee and Networking Break

4:35 PM   Expanding PSM Coverage, Compliance Audits, and Use of RAGAGEP

             · Co-facilitated by Micah Smith of Conn Maciel Carey and Bill Clark, PSM Manager, Phillips 66

             · Industry response to PSM-related rulemaking and OSHRC cases, including re-drawing 

               process boundaries, expanding 3-year compliance audits, and redefining RAGAGEP 

5:30 PM   Welcome Cocktail Reception

Day 2 - October 16, 2019

Government Panels

8:00 AM   Registration

8:30 AM   Introductory remarks


8:40 AM   OSHA Panel – PSM Nat'l Emphasis Program, Rulemaking, Cases, Interpretations

· Jeff Wanko, Director, OSHA Office of Chem. Process Safety & Enforcement

· Lisa Long, PSM Specialist in OSHA’s Directorate of Standards and Guidance 

· Mike Marshall, PSM Coordinator, OSHA Directorate of Enforcement Programs

· Pete Vassalo, Sr. OSH/PSM Attorney, Office of the Solicitor of Labor

· Moderators: Micah Smith, OSHA Partner, Conn Maciel Carey LLP, and 
Bill Clark, Phillips 66, Process Safety Manager

9:55 AM   OSH Review Commission – Developments at OSHRC and Recent Decisions

            · James J. Sullivan, Jr., Chairman, Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission

            · Moderator: Vic Pyle, Senior Counsel for EHS, ExxonMobil

10:40 AM   Coffee and Networking Break

11:00 AM   EPA Discussion – RMP Rulemaking and Enforcement Issues

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

· Moderator: Tim Webster, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP


12:00 PM   Coffee and Networking Break

12:15 PM   Lunch with Keynote Panel

1:15 PM   Keynote Panel - Conversation with 4 Former Heads of OSHA about OSHA priorities and

                                             philosophies across administrations, and evolution of PSM

              · John Henshaw, Assistant Secretary for George W. Bush (2001 - 2004)

· Jordan Barab, Assistant and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Barack Obama (2009 - 2017)

· Jon Snare, Acting Assistant Sec'y and Acting Solicitor of Labor for George W. Bush 

· Rich Fairfax, Deputy Assistant Secretary and Director for Enforcement (1998 - 2013)

· Moderator: Eric  J. Conn, Chair of the OSHA Practice at Conn Maciel Carey LLP

2:30 PM   Coffee and Networking Break


2:50 PM   CSB Panel – Investigations, Recommendations, and Reporting Rulemaking

· Wills Hougland, Lead Investigator

· Tamara Qureshi, Associate General Counsel

· Moderator: Beeta Lashkari, Conn Maciel Carey Associate (Former CSB Attorney-Advisor) 

3:50 PM - 4:00 PM  Closing Remarks


Resources from 2018 Summit

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 2019 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.

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

5335 Wisconsin Ave NW

Suite 660

Washington, DC 20015

Tel: 202-715-6244

Fax: 202-686-2877

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