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Sixth Meeting: --Wednesday, Feb 4th,2015


Wednesday February 4th, 2015



Lessons Learned the Hard Way and How to Avoid Them

PDH: 1 Hour Professional Development


About the Topic:


Using a collection of videos, photographs and stories, this presentation will cover lessons learned

 from a variety of process accidents - and how to avoid them. Topics will include:

·  Everyone needs training (yet they often don't get it or accept it)

·  People must follow procedures (yet they often don't, for a variety of reasons)

·  Even trained people make mistakes (and sometimes they do really stupid things)

·  Some people don't know what they don't know (and ignorance is definitely not bliss)

·  We're not as immune or indestructible as we may think

·  We can't foresee every possible hazardous scenario

·  Reuse of software has not always successful

·  Near misses are often not followed up

·  The past is often ignored (and history definitely repeats itself)

·  The various personnel functional safety certification/certificate programs available

(e.g., CFSE, TUV & ISA) and the differences between them



Speaker Bio: Paul Gruhn, P.E.


·  Global Process Safety Consultant at Rockwell Automation

·  ISA Fellow

·  Member of the ISA 84 standard committee (on safety instrumented systems)

·  Member of the ISA 101 standard committee (on human machine interfaces)

·  Developer and instructor of ISA courses on safety systems

·  Author of two ISA textbooks ("Safety Instrumented Systems Design, Analysis &

Justification" and "Sell More Through Effective Technical Presentations"),

two chapters in other books, and over two dozen published articles

·  Developer of the first commercial safety system modeling software

·  B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology

·  Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in Texas and member of CSE (Control System Engineer) exam team

·  ISA 84 Expert


Social:            5:30 – 6:00 PM

Dinner:           6:00 – 7:00 PM

Speaker:         Paul Gruhn  7:00 – 8:00 PM


Location:        Mavis Winkles – Crowne Centre

                        5005 Rockside Road    Independence, Ohio 44131



Menu:    Choose from one of the following 3 dinner items:

                    1. Chicken Romano, rice pilaf, green beans

                    2. Zesty Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables

                    3. Penne Pasta Primavera (Vegetarian choice)

               All with salad, rolls, and Vanilla Ice Cream with Chocolate Sauce for Dessert


Cost:  Members: $25, Non-Members: $30, Full Time: Students $10


Reservations: Call Harriet Radvansky with your dinner choice at 216-408 6013, or

                          E-mail at no later than Friday January 30th, 2015