Vice President; Global Oil, Gas and Chemicals
ABS Group of Companies Inc.
Steve Arendt is Vice President of the Global Oil, Gas and Chemical division at ABS Group. In this role, Arendt creates safety, risk, asset reliability and integrity management solutions to help meet upstream, midstream and downstream energy, chemical and related process industry client regulatory requirements and performance needs.
Arendt has more than 35 years of experience in process safety and risk management. He has performed hundreds of process safety/HSE analyses, risk assessments, audits and accident investigations on a variety of global oil, gas, chemical and related industry processes, both onshore and offshore. Arendt has led more than 35 projects evaluating process safety culture for oil and gas, chemical, pharmaceutical and consumer products companies. He also has provided process safety culture overview training to more than 70 CEOs, senior executives and board members.
Arendt has worked with several industry groups to develop technical positions dealing with OSHA's process safety management regulation (29 CFR 1910.119) and EPA's risk management program rule (40 CFR Part 68) and has been an active participant in these rulemakings. He has served as a moderator for numerous industry workshops and continues to speak at conferences involving chemical accident prevention and process safety management (PSM) activities. Arendt is a work group member for the Center for Offshore Safety (COS) SEMS Audit and Metrics committees, and he has provided SEMS auditor training for BSEE, COS and US Coast Guard personnel.
A registered Professional Engineer in the state of Tennessee, Arendt obtained a Master of Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1977. He has more than 70 articles, guides and books to his credit on PSM and risk management topics, including the CCPS Guidelines for Risk Based Process Safety and ACC's Process Safety Resource Guide. He was awarded the 2006 Merit Award from the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center and in 2007 he was named a Center for Chemical Process Safety Fellow, honoring his many years and contributions to process safety and willingness to share expertise in the promotion of process safety.