The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) has launched a new membership grade in response to growing demand for recognition of process safety specialists.
A new AssociateMember (Process Safety) qualification was unveiled in Belgium. It provides process safety specialists with a new route to join IChemE and start working towards becoming a Professional Process Safety Engineer.
IChemE's commitment to the advancement of process safety has grown substantially since its foundation in 1922. The Institution has been running its global safety conference, Hazards, since 1960. It launched the globally recognised Professional Process Safety Engineer qualification in 2013 and established a dedicated Safety Centre to support continuous improvement in process safety last year.
Equivalent to IChemE's Associate Member status, the new grade requires applicants to demonstrate basic competencies and activity in process safety, but not all of the attributes of being fully-qualified.
IChemE's director of qualifications and international development, Neil Atkinson said "This new addition to IChemE’s membership offer is an important step towards improving process safety globally. It’s a visible commitment to raising standards that are needed to cut the number of deaths and serious injuries in the chemical and process industry worldwide.”