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MPES: Safety Culture and Safe Sealing-Anacortes Refinery Explosion- 1 PDH Credit

  • 28-Nov-2017
  • 12:00 PM
  • RIT, CIMS Slaughter Bldg., Room 2220


  • Guests can be added if Members
  • For Non-Members only. Guests can be added if Non-Members.

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Monroe Professional Engineers Society

A Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers

Invites you to attend a PDH Course

 PROGRAM TITLE: Safety Culture and Safe Sealing-Anacortes Refinery Explosion

PRESENTER: James Drago, P.E., Principle Applications Engineer, Garlock Sealing Technologies

 ABSTRACT: The naphtha heat exchanger explosion and fire in 2010 at a refinery in Anacortes, WA shows how deadly accidents can occur when the safety culture degrades and flange-joint leakage is accepted as normal. Questions addressed: What was the cause? Why persons were in harm’s way? How do sealing practices figure into this incident?

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Jim Drago has worked with sealing technology since 1983 in the areas of compression packing, gaskets, oil seals, pipeline products, OEM applications, testing, engineering management, marketing and business development. He helps the oil, gas and chemical process industries with sealing solutions to meet the demands of enhanced leak detection and repair (LDAR) programs.  Jim has two patents, one pending and is the author of many articles on sealing technology. He has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University and is a registered professional engineer in the state of New York.

Date / Time: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 / 12:00 Noon

Location: Rochester Institute of Technology

1 Lomb Memorial Dr, Rochester, NY 14623

CIMS Slaughter Building, Room 2220


NSPE Members: $25.00

Non-Members: $30.00


Lunch will be provided by Madeline's Catering

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Note: This program was previously offered at the 2017 Engineering Symposium's ASME Track

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