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Process Safety Engineer

Company: Henkel group
Location: Elgin
Posted on: April 2, 2024

Job Description:

The Process Safety Engineer assumes a pivotal role in ensuring the safe, predictable, reliable, and sustainable operation of Henkel Adhesives' processes and facilities. The responsibilities of this role encompass various facets, including conducting and or coordinating comprehensive risk assessments during the full production life cycle, defining process safety risk mitigation and reduction strategies, implementing process safety protocols, ensuring compliance to the relevant legislation and company standards, promoting best practices, evaluating and recommending competency and training requirements, and serving as an advocate to instill a robust process safety culture and operational discipline within Henkel. Beyond guiding the implementation and upkeep of site-specific Process Safety Management (PSM) systems, the Process Safety Engineer provides crucial assurance that all process safety risks associated with facility design and operation are continuously managed at a tolerable or acceptable level. Given the cross-functional nature of the position, the Process Safety Engineer must collaborate effectively within a multi-disciplinary team. This role is considered the primary focal point and entity for oversight in operations, engineering, and maintenance activities.

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Core Roles & Responsibilities / Required Outputs:

--- Must be willing to travel up to 50% of the time.

--- Contribute to the establishment and maintenance of site process safety management system.

--- Develop and implement site specific safety protocols and procedures, ensuring alignment with local/regional regulations as well as Henkel Global process safety governance.

--- Collaborate with engineering, maintenance, and operations teams to ensure process safety risk management measures meet or exceed the requirements set out in the Henkel AO risk-based process safety framework.

--- Facilitate and or coordinate process safety hazard identification and risk assessment studies using an appropriate selection of suitable methodologies which may include HAZOP, SWIFT, LOPA, FMEA, Fault /Event Tree Analyses, Human Factors, Inherent Safer Design (ISD) and Risk Ranking.

--- Support the procurement and co-ordination of 3rd party / external risk assessment studies where necessary. Ensure the delivered risk assessment studies meet the necessary company quality specifications.

--- Maintain the Basis of Safety (BoS) document for the site(s) under their responsibility. Ensure the periodical review of this document as well as the revision of the associated detailed risk assessment studies.

--- Contribute to process safety incident or process safety near miss investigations. In addition, support the identification of failed barriers, lessons learned as well as the necessary preventive and corrective actions.

--- Review and approve the classification of process safety incidents. Consolidate and approve month-end figures for PSI & PSNM KPI reporting.

--- Track and monitor actions arising from risk assessments, compliance audits, incident investigations & continuous improvement or gap closure plans.

--- Provide process safety guidance during the management of change (MoC) process.

--- Support the identification and management of process safety critical equipment (PSCE). Perform assurance checks on the adherence to site ITPM plans with specific focus on overdue inspections and preventive maintenance.

--- Lead or take part in process safety workplace inspections, audits, and reviews to assess compliance to PSM standards and to provide assurance of the effectiveness of agreed actions taken in response to process safety activities, e.g., incident investigations, DRAs, etc.

--- Assist operations to prepare for compliance and or external audits. This involves collecting information, assisting with organizing and planning, follow up and tracking the status of corrective actions.

--- Oversee the gathering and processing of monthly PSM KPI data. Construct PSM KPI report, outlining leading and lagging metrics and the necessary justifications. Do trend analysis and guide business on potential focus areas.

--- As a subject matter expert, advise and influence site operations management on how to improve process safety performance (plans, targets, lessons learned, best practices, etc.). Assist with the development of a site-specific continuous improvement plan and track adherence to plan.

--- Ensure that process safety incident learnings (i.e., internal or external) are fully and sustainably embedded within the site-specific process safety program.

--- Contribute to the site emergency response and preparedness program by identifying DRA scenarios or past process safety events of significance for emergency scenarios.

Special Roles & Responsibilities / Required Outputs:

--- Coordinate and or conduct specialized or advanced process safety studies (e.g., consequence assessments, quantitative risk assessments (QRAs), dust hazard analysis (DHAs), hazardous area classification (HAC), SIL verification, etc.) where required in accordance with relevant industry best practice.

--- Conduct assurance verifications on specialized or advanced process safety studies to ensure it meets the necessary quality criteria.

--- Support the other engineering disciplines (i.e., mechanical, process, civil, electrical, instrumentation, etc.) with the interpretation of relevant recognized and good engineering practice (RAGAGEPs) to ensure good engineering design especially as it relates to engineering safeguards (i.e., relief devices, safety instrumented systems, classified areas, etc.).

--- Contribute to process safety training material development and the delivery of related training.

--- Assure operational readiness for new projects (Greenfield or Brownfield) on site by reviewing and providing input into key engineering project design documentation and actively participate in engineering reviews.

--- Actively partake in Pre Start-Up Safety Reviews (PSSRs) which may include facilitation of pre start-up checks specifically focused on safeguard readiness and or forming part of the physical inspection of the plant, process or equipment that is new or modified (i.e., "punching").

--- Stay abreast with the relevant regulatory framework developments and collaborate with regulatory agencies during inspections to demonstrate adherence to the relevant process safety standards and legislation.

--- Focal point for all process safety matters at site level i.e., provide subject matter input into job safety analyses or task risk assessments.


--- A Bachelor's degree in Science or Engineering with a strong technical background (preferably Chemical, Mechanical, Process Safety or Industrial Engineering).

--- A post-graduate degree in Science / Engineering is advantageous.

Certification & Professional Membership

--- Professional certification in Process Safety Management or Engineering (e.g., Chartered Engineer, Certified Functional Safety Engineer, NEBOSH International HSE certificate in PSM, etc.) is beneficial.

Minimum Experience

--- Strong knowledge in all the following areas and proficient in at least 3: engineering design, operational risk management, process safety management, process hazard analysis, risk assessment & analysis, explosion safety and ignition control, loss prevention, incident investigation, process safety auditing.

--- Working knowledge and or proficiency in the application of the relevant legislation and industry recommended best practices related to process safety management (e.g., OSHA PSM 29 CFR 1910.119, Seveso III / Directive 2012/18/EU, COMAH/CIMAH, ISO, ASME, API RP, IEC, NFPA, etc.).

--- 5 years of total experience with Bachelor's degree

--- 3 years total experience with Master's degree

--- 2 years total experience with PhD

--- 2 years chemical manufacturing experience

Computer Literacy

--- Conversant with usual business suites (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Etc.).

--- Awareness / proficiency in the use of PSM and risk assessment toolsets e.g.,FEI/CEI, BowTieXP, ALOHA -, PHA-Pro, TapRoot -, RCAT TM , PHAST, SAFETI, etc.

Personal Attributes

--- A strong drive (aptitude) towards process safety.

--- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

--- Display strong assertiveness.

--- Able to solve problems and make decisions by applying sound reasoning.

--- Open-minded, keen to knowledge sharing.

--- Leadership and strong listening skills.

--- Keen prioritization and time-management skills.

--- Ability to work collaboratively with cross-functional teams.

--- Ability to influence at all levels to ensure compliance with PSM and implementation of safety initiatives.

The salary for this role is $100,000 - $130,000. This is the range that we in good faith anticipate relying on when setting wages for this position. We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range and this range. This salary range may also be modified in the future.

Henkel is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and other legally protected characteristics.

Henkel does not accept unsolicited resumes from search firms or employment agencies. Unsolicited referrals and resumes are considered Henkel property and therefore, Henkel will not pay a fee for any placement resulting from the receipt of an unsolicited referral. At Henkel's request only, preferred vendors may be invited to refer talent for specific open positions. In these cases, a fully-executed agreement with Henkel must be in place and current.

All employees applying for an internal position must have a discussion with his/her manager about their interest in a job posting opportunity. The discussion will not preclude the employee from interviewing if their skills meet the job requirements.

Keywords: Henkel group, Elgin , Process Safety Engineer, Engineering , Elgin, Illinois

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