Carolyn W. Merritt, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, will address the timely topic of risk management in the chemical industry during her keynote address at the 2005 CHEM SHOW. Merritt brings more than 30 years of experience overseeing the safety of industrial operations where chemicals are widely used and manufactured. This keynote presentation to attendees and exhibitors of the 51st edition of the CHEM SHOW will take place on Tuesday, November 1st at 9:15 a.m. at the show entrance of the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.
The risks inherent in the processing of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, petroleum, plastics, and even foods are significant. The mission of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board is to promote the prevention of industrial accidents that can harm employees, the environment, and endanger the overall public. The Board is an independent federal agency that is authorized to investigate and recommend preventive actions. Choosing not to manage risks can be a very costly and dangerous choice to chemical companies. Merritt will discuss the importance of good management practices to prevent accidents, case studies of accidents that could have been prevented, and findings and recommendations that can be implemented for the future.
Merritt joined the Board in August 2002 and worked on quality control, process engineering, operations and management of environment and safety compliance systems in a wide range of manufacturing sectors. She was appointed chair of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board by President Bush and then confirmed by the Senate. Most recently, Merritt served as Senior Vice President, Environment, Health, and Safety at IMC Global, Inc. in Lake Forest, IL. She began her career in environmental management in the 1980''s. Her responsibilities grew to include EHS management systems implementation and implementing government Process Safety Rules on the facility and corporate levels.