Process Safety Boot Camp

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Process Safety Boot Camp

Event Description

This four-day boot camp will provide employees with a deeper understanding of Process Safety and Process Safety Management that goes beyond personal worker safety. Process Safety Management is intended to prevent severe damage to equipment that may lead to catastrophic fires, explosions, and toxic releases. These incidents have the potential to injure or kill workers and neighboring residents. This course covers key process safety areas including risk based process safety, process hazard analysis, regulatory compliance, and process safety in plant operations. 


This professional development and educational opportunity will give attendees practical technical training with real world applications. Combining lecture on techniques with interactive case studies, participants will gain the ability to:

  • Implement a sitewide commitment to process safety
  • Identify and understand hazards and risks
  • Utilize process safety metrics
  • Manage risk 

Intended Audience

Manufacturing related industrial plant personnel at ethanol plants and other bioprocessing and chemical manufacturing facilities, utility providers, and petroleum or natural gas distribution storage networks in the state of Nebraska. This includes, but is not limited to, such personnel roles as Plant Managers, Process and Project Engineers, Operations, Environmental Health & Safety, and anyone tasked with site safety goals. 


Subject matter experts from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) will lead the boot camp:

Don Abrahamson, Senior Process Safety Specialist, has over 40 years of experience in operations and engineering, specifically relating to process safety management, operations management, process safety engineering, technical management, quality assurance management, process development and research. He recently retired from Celanese as the Global Process Safety Manager. He also worked for Occidental Chemical for over 32 years. 

Jerry Jones, staff consultant for AIChE’s Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS), has over 40 years of experience across multiple industry sectors including chemicals, polymers, and pharmaceuticals for Monsanto, SRI International, Raychem, and Genentech/Roche. 

Dates & Locations

Beginning July 11th through July 14th, 2017

Ockinga Conference Center (Designated as OCKC) 
1920 University Drive
University of Nebraska-Kearney
Kearney, NE 68849

Directions: From I- 80, take Exit 272 and go north on 2nd Avenue to 25th Street (Hwy. 30). Turn left (west) onto 25th, and proceed west to 19th Avenue. Turn right (north) on 19th Ave. and go one block, to the stop sign. The parking lot is on the NW corner of that intersection (Lot 20). The Ockinga Conference Center is in the west end of the building on the SW corner of the intersection of 19th Ave. and University Drive. Conference attendees may park free of charge in Lot 20 (north of Ockinga Conference Center, on the NW corner of 19th Avenue and University Drive).

Attendees are responsible for their own hotel reservations. A limited number of rooms have been reserved at a discounted price until Monday, June 12, 2017.  You must call the hotel directly and mention the Group Name below to get the discounted rate.

Comfort Inn
118 3rd Avenue, Kearney, NE 68845
$99.95/night plus tax (Standard Room)
Group Name:
Nebraska Ethanol Board - Process Safety Boot Camp 2017
(308) 236-3400


Cost: $1,950 per person for AIChE members and $2,250 per person for non-members.
To join AIChE, click here.

To receive the discounted price, proof of membership is required. Once you have registered with AIChE, you will receive an automatic receipt with your 12-digit member ID. The member ID will appear after “ship to” on the receipt (exclude the last zero). This number is needed to finalize your discounted registration to the Process Safety Boot Camp.

Tuition Reimbursement: The Nebraska Ethanol Board is offering a tuition reimbursement of $500 per person upon completion of the course for employees of qualifying ethanol plants located in Nebraska. Reimbursement funds are limited to the first 20 qualifying registrants. 

Registration Deadline:  Friday, June 23, 2017 (All participants must pre-register.)

Registration Maximum:  Registration is capped at 30 attendees. 

Registration for this event is now closed. To be added to a mailer for future course offerings, please contact Matthew Jorgensen at or (308) 293-5884.

Note: Refunds will not be offered for cancelled registrations but substitutions are allowed at the discretion of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. If the registrant paid the discounted AIChE member price, the substitute will need to be an AIChE member as well.


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Matthew Jorgensen
Project  Specialist
Nebraska MEP
(308) 293-5884

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