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How to Effectively Perform PHAs Remotely

May 27, 2020 | Starts at 10:00 am CDT

 How to Effectively Perform PHAs Remotely

Learn best practices and tips for conducting a remote process hazard analysis (PHA) meeting effectively during COVID-19 distancing and beyond.

Complying with PHA/revalidation deadlines amid COVID-19 can be challenging when plant personnel and other subject matter experts are required to work from home, avoid travel, limit group sizes and maintain safe distances. OSHA has stated that it expects companies to make good faith efforts and thoroughly explore all options for complying, including "remote communication strategies." This presents an opportunity for companies to use Web meeting tools to complete their PHAs remotely, both now and in the future.

In this webinar, we will share our years of experience in conducting remote PHA meetings, including unique considerations involved in setting up and preparing for remote meetings. We will explore the Web meeting sofware options and discuss best practices for sharing and viewing P&IDs and other process safety information during a remote PHA meeting. We will provide advice on preparing analysis sections (nodes), establishing Web meeting roles and making sure participants have what they need for an efficient online PHA meeting. And, we will offer in-meeting tips from our most experienced PHA leaders in keeping team members active, engaged, and working together for an efficient and effective remote PHA meeting.

What We Cover:

  • PHA Web Meeting Software, Hardware and Training Needs
  • Remote PHA Prep, Setup and Pre-Meeting Testing
  • In-meeting Tips, Including a Demo of a Remote PHA Meeting


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Tom R. Williams is a senior engineer, project manager, course developer and instructor with ABS Group. For the past 30 years, he has specialized in leading, managing and documenting process hazard analyses (PHAs) and layer of protection analyses (LOPAs) (both on site and remotely) for the chemical, petrochemical, refining, ammonia and pharmaceutical industries. He is also the head developer, product steward, and primary instructor for ABS Consulting's world-class PHA/LOPA software, LEADER™.

About ABS Group

ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (, through its operating subsidiaries, provides data-driven risk and reliability solutions and technical services that help clients confirm the safety, integrity, quality and efficiency of critical assets and operations. Headquartered in Spring, Texas, ABS Group operates with more than 1,000 professionals in over 20 countries serving the marine and offshore, oil, gas and chemical, government and industrial sectors. ABS Group is a subsidiary of ABS, one of the world's leading marine and offshore classification societies.

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