September 2016

Process Safety (PSM) and the Professional Engineer

Status: Advanced registration is now closed. Please email Jennifer at [email protected] for space availability inquiry.
Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM-8:30 AM: Registration and Breakfast
8:30 AM-12:30 PM: Process Safety (PSM) and the Professional Engineer
Location: Holiday Inn Vancouver-Centre (Oak Room), 711 W. Broadway Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Guillermo Pacanins, P.Eng.
Safety Lifecycle Leader/Educator, ACM Facility Safety
Credit: 4 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price APEGBC Member: $250.00 + GST = $262.50 until Aug 31, 2016

APEGBC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price:  $350.00 + GST = $367.50

Non-Member Price: $350.00 + GST = $367.50

APEGBC Student Member Price: $175.00 + GST = $183.75
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by August 31, 2016 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
Contact: Jennifer Chan | Professional Development Coordinator
Direct: 604.412.4861
Toll Free: 1.888.430.8035 ext.4861
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Email: [email protected]
This course is designed to give operations and technical personnel a basic understanding of the principles of process safety management. This overview course is based upon the Risk Based Process Safety Approach developed by the Center for Chemical Process Safety published in 2007. It also takes into consideration the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering PSM standard.

Course Outline

  1. What is the purpose of a Process Safety Management System, PSM.
  2. PSM background 
    • Regulations - Guidelines: OSHA, H&SE, AIChE - CCPS, Canadian perspective.
  3. PSM and  the Professional Engineer - APEGBC
  4. Process Safety and Personnel Safety differences
  5. Process Safety Management Framework, and elements
    • Risk Based Process Safety Guidelines, RBPS
  6. Application – Implementation of PSM strategy and Safety Culture
  7. Auditing and Assessment of PSM System
  8. Conclusions – Closing arguments

Unique Features of the Course

This presentation is a condensed version of two different ACM training workshops combined to give the participant a good introduction to the concepts of process safety. It will be delivered by a certified functional safety expert who has studied and worked in the field for more than 25 years.

Target Audience

  • Engineers involved in design of facilities.  
  • Others who work in close proximity to hazardous processes, such as Operations and Maintenance Personnel, Supervisors, Plant Engineers, and Safety Professionals. 
  • Others who require a sound understanding of risk and risk management.


Guillermo Pacanins, P.Eng.

Safety Lifecycle Leader/Educator, ACM Facility Safety

Guillermo Pacanins has a Bsc. in Electrical Engineer with knowledge in Process Design, Process Safety and is a Safety Instrumented System, (SIS), Process Hazards and Risk Analysis, (PH&RA), Functional Safety Engineering Expert. He has taught several courses in Process Automation to many companies. Mr. Guillermo’s excellent communication and leadership skills, combined with his in-depth understanding of Process Safety makes him a successful analist/educator. Guillermo Pacanins is an accredited facilitator of the workshops Lessons from Longford and Creating a Mindful Organisation.  These workshops feature Professor Andrew Hopkins, considered one of the world’s constructive critics on the organisational causes of major disasters. Guillermo also received a Process Safety Practice Certificate from Texas A&M university, Mary Kay O’Connor Center for Process Safety.


Electrical Engineering, University of Florida (1984)
AA in Engineering Science, Miami-Dade Community College (1982)

Professional Affiliations

  • Active Member of APEGGA, since 2008
  • Active Member of OIQ (Ordre des Ingenieurs du Quebec), since 1993.
  • TÜV Rheinland SIS, PH&RA FS Expert. 

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