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Our Team

Process Safety Team

Our team is led by Paul Pizzi. You are cordially invited to contact Paul or any of E.Vironment's management to discuss how E.Vironment can provide real value in assessing or improving your process safety or mechanical integrity programs and performance.

Please click on a name to learn more about our team.

 

 

Don Abrahamson

dabrahamson@evironmentgroup.com

Don has over forty years of experience in the Chemical Industry including engineering, operations and process safety management roles. He was Celanese's Global Process Safety Manager for five years before starting his process safety consulting career. Prior to joining Celanese Don was the Director of Process Safety and Risk Engineering for Occidental Chemical Corporation. During his career he has had the opportunity to work in a variety of areas including: process safety management, operations management, process safety engineering, technical management, quality assurance management, process development and research.

His process safety experience includes building and implementing a comprehensive regional process safety management system for Occidental based upon the OSHA PSM Standard and the EPA RMP Standard. At Celanese he standardized, documented and globalized twenty one industry-wide process safety best practices. Effective program requirements were communicated by a comprehensive tiered approach: Tier I requirements were written at a high level overview for senior management; Tier II requirements were written as detailed site requirements intended for site management; and Tier III requirements were written for the engineer/manager responsible for implementation.

Don has developed leading and lagging metrics to drive process safety program improvements, conducted global PS training in America, Europe and Asia and presented papers at global process safety forums in the US and China. He has extensive experience conducting Process Hazard Analysis (PHAs), Audits, Incident Investigations and Training on three continents: Americas, Europe and Asia.

Don's operations experience includes Engineering, Technical Management and Operations Management. Don was the Operations Manager for a large Chlor-alkali facility, responsible for assuring a safe, environmentally sound, efficient and clean operation. He developed annual operating plans and assured that production, time, cost and quality plan commitments were met. Don developed and maintained commitment at all levels of the organization to establish and achieve department, plant, and corporate goals.

Previously, Don was the Technical Manager at a semi-commercial specialty chemical facility where his responsibilities included scale-up, design construction and start-up of specialty organic processes. His management responsibilities also included facility maintenance and utility operations. Don spent eighteen years doing research and development work on organic, inorganic and electrochemical processes. He has four patents from his R&D work.

He holds a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Cleveland State University.

 


 

Wayne B. Austin

waustin@evironmentgroup.com

With 35 years of experience as a health and safety professional with Shell Oil Company, Wayne has a broad knowledge of HSE management systems, process safety management, and industrial hygiene program development and management.

As a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), HSE Manager, and HSE Consultant/Advisor, Wayne has managed and worked in corporate, upstream (both onshore and offshore), and downstream aspects of the oil and petrochemical industry and has had nine years previous experience as an expatriate in the Middle East (Oman and Saudi Arabia). From September 2007 until his retirement from Shell in March 2010, Wayne was a Lead Auditor of independent HSSE management system audits process safety management system audits, regulatory compliance reviews, and focused HSE audits of company and joint venture operations and facilities in the USA and Canada.

Wayne's PSM experience includes 14 years working in PSM covered refineries or chemical plants in HSE roles that included direct involvement in various elements of PSM, with particular emphasis in the areas of Employee Participation, Operator Training, Operating Procedures, Contractors, Hot Work Permits, Management of Change, Incident Investigation, Emergency Planning and Response, and Compliance Audits. He recently led the PSM audit for the Motiva Port Arthur Refinery and participated in PSM audits for Shell's Deer Park Refinery and Chemical Plant, Shell's Norco Chemical Plant, and Motiva's Norco Refinery.

Due to Wayne's extensive field experience, he has developed an understanding of the need for practical and simple, but effective approaches to managing hazards in the workplace. Wayne's career began at Shell's Westhollow Research Center where he was an IH Technician responsible for all aspects of the industrial hygiene program for over 1200 employees. Following a six year assignment in Corporate Safety & IH, Wayne spent six years at the Deer Park Manufacturing Complex where he led safety and industrial hygiene programs and supervised support staff. He was also involved in the site's emergency response activities and served as the Response Action Team (transportation related incident response) aptain. He was the site's Radiation Safety Officer. A three year assignment followed at Shell's Odessa Refinery where Wayne was the HSE Manager and a member of the Refinery Leadership Team. In addition to leading the HSE program, he was extensively involved in organizational change management as the refinery was implementing self-directed teams within Operations.

Subsequent assignments included roles as Corporate Industrial Hygienist for Shell Exploration and Production Company and Petroleum Development Oman (PDO). Following five years with PDO, Wayne continued his expatriate work in Saudi Arabia as a HSE Advisor for Sadaf Chemical Company. Upon his return to the USA and until his retirement, Wayne was a member of the Corporate Affairs HSE Department as an auditor.

Wayne earned a MPH degree in Occupational Health from the University of Texas School of Public Health in 1983 and a BA degree in Biology from the University of Texas in 1974. He has been board certified in the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene since 1982.

 


 

 

Bill Cowser

bcowser@evironmentgroup.com

Bill has 40 years of experience in facility maintenance, design, construction, and overall facility management. His fields of expertise include facility design, construction, maintenance, management, process safety, new venture evaluations, management of joint venture operations, facility assessments, reliability improvement, Work Process implementation, and change management. His experience includes U.S. and international assignments.

Bill has extensive PSM, Mechanical Integrity (MI) and reliability experience. He has participated in over 25 worldwide site MI/Maintenance assessments; assessed, designed, and implemented a program to bring a major refinery into PSM compliance; and developed a Pipeline Mechanical Integrity System for a large engineering firm. He developed and implemented Mobil's Reliability Improvement System, implemented Mobil's ISO 9000 system and performed annual audits.

Bill's refinery experience spans several decades. He had responsibility for maintenance and reliability of a 190,000 BPD oil refinery, including oversight of refinery maintenance engineering, operations reliability, maintenance services, contractors and suppliers. At a different refinery, while he was manager of the mechanical engineering and construction departments, he led development, design, and construction of refinery processing units and associated infrastructure.

From 2007 – 2009, Bill served on a team of four ConocoPhillips Process Safety / Mechanical Integrity experts that audited 16 refineries around the world for PS / MI. Bill was a key member of that team throughout the audit process.

Bill also has significant experience in working with companies to redesign work processes to improve operational performance and mechanical reliability. He conducted a work process/ organization review and redesign for an independent petroleum refiner and participated in competitive assessments and breakthrough initiatives design and implementation for several petroleum refining and chemical manufacturing clients. He was also a key member of a 22 site evaluation team for a major paper and paper products manufacturer. He later participated in delivering best practice maintenance work processes to the manufacturing sites, and follow-up performance reviews.

Bill earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Engineering of Texas A&M University.

 


 

Lamar Daniel

ldaniel@evironmentgroup.com

An experienced engineering, maintenance and project leader, Lamar has twenty-five years of experience in the oil, gas and chemical industry. His expertise includes process safety management, safety and environmental management systems, reliability and mechanical integrity, custody transfer systems, work process implementation, change management and project and construction management. He has worked on both domestic and international assignments, and is fluent in Spanish.

Lamar is a certified HAZOP facilitator and has performed Process Safety Management (PSM) and Safe Work Practice (SWP) audits of large petroleum and petrochemical terminal facilities, refining and chemical plants. He has designed and implemented PSM, change management and Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) for various upstream and downstream petroleum facilities.

Lamar has extensive experience in the refining industry, having led teams in reliability and mechanical integrity, work process systems implementation, instrument / electrical maintenance, project management, construction management, planning and turnaround management. He has also participated on change management implementation teams for two refineries.

Lamar earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University.

 


 

Brenda Donaloio

bdonaloio@evironmentgroup.com

Brenda has over 25 years of experience in practicing or managing environmental, safety and health compliance for the oil and gas, chemical, refining, packaging, marketing, sulphur mining and automotive parts manufacturing industries. Brenda has experience in cost effectively improving environmental and safety performance by implementing management systems, auditing systems, benchmarking and performance measurement for a variety of industries.

Brenda gained valuable experience as manager of Pennzoil-Quaker State's corporate environmental, safety, health and transportation management system and compliance program. While with Pennzoil, she established the corporate ESH compliance and management system audit program for six operating divisions.

She is certified as an Environmental Compliance Auditor by BEAC and also as a Certified Environmental Professional by the ABCEP. She has led over 200 ESH management system and compliance audits in the oil and gas, coal bed methane, refining, packaging, marketing, sulphur mining and automotive parts manufacturing industries, and over 20 process safety management audits at refining and oil and gas production facilities throughout North America and the Gulf of Mexico. ESH compliance auditing has taken her to off-shore platforms in the Gulf of Mexico and she has conducted E&S management system reviews for a major E&P company at an offshore Ireland natural gas production facility.

While with Pennzoil, Brenda was placed on special assignment in Baku, Azerbaijan where she oversaw the environmental management of a $100M offshore gas plant construction project, a joint project between Pennzoil and the State Oil Company Azerbaijan Republic.

She held positions of increasing responsibility with Kerr McGee and Monsanto Company. She oversaw Kerr McGee's environmental/safety programs and policies at 100 E&P sites in 14 states, Canada and the Gulf of Mexico. While with Monsanto Company, she was environmental consultant to Monsanto's Chocolate Bayou 3000 acre organic chemical manufacturing facility. She provided environmental oversight of the onsite RCRA treatment and disposal facility, Class 1 landfill, groundwater monitoring and remediation and NPDES/TWC permit negotiation for 1.5 MGD OCPSF wastewater treatment facility.

Brenda holds an M.B.A. from Southern Illinois University, an M.S. in Environmental Systems Engineering from Clemson University, and a B.S. in Environmental & Water Resources Engineering from Vanderbilt University. She is a Professional Engineer in the State of Texas.

 


 

Ted Grover

tgrover@evironmentgroup.com

Ted has over 30 years of experience in chemical manufacturing operations and engineering. His production assignments with LyondellBasell include managing a world-scale propylene oxide/styrene monomer plant and managing the storage and terminal operations for a large plant site. In these assignments, Ted has developed extensive hands-on experience with people development, operational excellence, process safety management, regulatory compliance, and EHS processes.

He has been closely involved over many years in developing and implementing numerous sustainable systems to comply with PSM and other regulatory requirements. Ted's areas of PSM expertise include process hazards analysis, management of change, operating manuals, training and certification, and pre-startup safety review.

At LyondellBasell and predecessor companies, he worked with the corporate EHS auditing team on numerous occasions, auditing EHS and PSM management systems at various plant sites as part of the on-going corporate operational effectiveness initiative. Ted is experienced in the development and use of audit protocols, the flow of operational effectiveness audits, and the techniques required for successful auditing.

Ted holds BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.

 


 

Mike Henke

mhenke@evironmentgroup.com

Mike has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing operations, environmental management and consulting in the chemical and energy industries. In particular, Mike has focused on identifying, assessing and managing HSE issues in support of business strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, compliance assurance, and risk management efforts. Since 1977, Mike has conducted assessments and audits of countless processing, manufacturing, treatment, storage and disposal facilities on multiple continents.

Mike was formerly the Director, Environmental Services for the NAFTA Region of Ciba Specialty Chemicals Corporation. In this role, Mike supported the Regional President's Office in the management of environmental issues in the United States, Canada and Mexico. During the past several years, Mike worked with key sites in the US to ensure implementation of the Responsible Care Management System as required by Ciba's membership in the American Chemistry Council. As Ciba is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, the role also involved working with Group Service Law and Environment and with the HSE Heads of multiple business segments.

As a consultant, Mike places a significant focus on HSE management systems (MS) implemented by companies to improve performance, ensure compliance and reduce risk. In particular, Mike helped clients improve their internal auditing programs by ensuring that they involve committed, involved management; clear objectives; competent, independent auditors; systematic procedures; loaned and supervised field work; written reports and follow-up.

At E.Vironment, Mike works with clients to manage risks and liabilities associated with mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; design and implement MS; and audit compliance, MS, risk management and HSE performance. He is BEAC certified as an environmental compliance auditor. He has served as Team Leader on numerous compliance and MS audits.

Mike has extensive process safety experience. He has led and participated in process safety audits at all of Ciba's U.S. facilities. He was E.Vironment's project manager for a multinational oil company's team conducting deep drill-down process safety/mechanical integrity audits of sixteen refineries in the U.S. and Europe.

Mike holds a BS degree in Engineering Science from The University of Notre Dame and an MBA degree in Marketing/Management from the University of St. Thomas.

 


 

Dennis N. Johnson

djohnson@evironmentgroup.com

Dennis has more than 35 years of experience in the petrochemical industry where for the last 15 years he served as the Global Director of Safety, Health and Environment for Praxair industrial gases. During his career Dennis held leadership positions in plant operations, maintenance and engineering functions as well as SH&E. As Director of SH&E for Praxair he led efforts resulting in significant safety performance improvement and recognition as the only chemical company to be included on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for ten consecutive years.

Dennis has broad international experience from his role as the SH&E director for DuPont in Asia Pacific during which time he worked extensively in China, Korea, Singapore, Thailand and Australia. His global work continued during his time with Praxair where he was involved with operations across 40 countries.

Dennis had wide ranging management involvement with mergers and acquisitions. He has personally conducted multiple SH&E due diligence reviews and in his role at Praxair oversaw in excess of 50 significant acquisitions and subsequent integration programs.

Dennis has extensive experience in Process Safety and Corporate Risk Management. He has directly managed multiple high-risk operations including polyethylene, phosgene and hydrogen production units. At Praxair he reported directly to the Board of Directors on Operational Risk Management and led implementation of an enhanced Process Safety program across the company.

Dennis managed the Corporate SH&E Audit Program for several years at DuPont and had responsibility for the Corporate Audit program at Praxair. He has led numerous SH&E audits through his career, many at international locations. Dennis holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Iowa. He has served as Chairman of the American Chemistry Council's Safety and Health Committee and as Vice-Chairman of the Compressed Gases Association Standards Council. Dennis is a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt.

 


 

Daniel McCoy, CSP, CHMM

dmccoy@evironmentgroup.com

Dan has over 35 years' experience working in manufacturing sites, business units and corporate centers across many areas and functions, including operations, process safety, environmental, health & safety (EHS), emergency response & incident management, project management, security and training. During his career, he worked in transportation, petrochemical, refining and LNG businesses for Union Carbide, Amoco and BP.

He has served in many technical and management roles, including plant operations supervisor, IH specialist, and HSSE manager. Dan was BP's Corporate Incident Management Planning Section Chief and a major projects HSSE manager.

Dan has extensive critical infrastructure security experience, having led and facilitated more than 100 risk assessments since 2001 using various security risk and vulnerability assessment methodologies including CCPS, API/NPRA, Sandia VAM/CF, DHS CSAT SVA, CARVER and proprietary methods similar to API 780: Security Vulnerability Assessment Methodology for the Petroleum and Petrochemical Industries. In one particular assignment, he provided security, process safety and emergency response technical expertise as part of a small team conducting security risk and vulnerability assessments along with evaluating sites' performance, detecting and assessing simulated threat scenarios. This proprietary methodology was used successfully at fourteen critical infrastructure facilities in Al Jubail Industrial City, KSA including petrochemical facilities, pipelines, utilities and a steel mill. This methodology included elements of facility characterization, vulnerability and threat assessment, risk evaluation, and recommendations of mitigation countermeasures including elements of business continuity and emergency response planning which is very similar to API 780.

In his consulting work, Dan focuses on effective leadership and facilitation of critical infrastructure risk assessments, vulnerability assessments, and audits for process safety and security. He has assisted clients in the chemical, energy, utilities, health care, chemical distribution, heavy manufacturing, commuter rail and maritime transportation sectors as well as local and state government entities.

He works easily across organizations, from front line personnel to senior level leadership in their efforts to improve performance while positively affecting the organization's sustainability and social responsibility.

Dan earned a M.S. Safety Management from West Virginia University and a B.S. Chemistry from West Virginia University Institute of Technology. He is a Certified Safety Professional and a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager.

Dan served in the U.S. Navy, including two years aboard the aircraft carrier USS Independence.

 


 

Don Michael

dmichael@evironmentgroup.com

Don has over thirty years experience in petroleum refining and petrochemical facility operations. His experience includes process design, construction, and operations, including all disciplines and levels of supervision and management.

During his career, he has managed the entire spectrum of manufacturing facility functions, including process / project design and execution, facility start-up, operations evaluation and optimization, business and financial planning, labor and commercial contract negotiations, due diligence and competitive assessment reviews, and organization and work process redesign and implementation.

He served in several key roles at Mobil Oil's Chalmette Refinery, including Operations Manager, Technical Manager and General Superintendent. From 1989 – 1997 Don was Assistant Refinery Manager (under Tenneco Oil Company) and then Refinery Manager at Chalmette. He continued as Refinery Manager following the 50:50 Mobil/PDVSA Chalmette Refining, LLC joint venture.

As a consultant, Don focuses on operations management and work process to assist organizations drive performance improvement in all phases of management and operation of the business. He has extensive process safety experience. In 2010, Don participated as a member of a team that reviewed business performance results, work processes and safe work practices and identified performance improvement potential for five refineries for a major domestic refining company. He has participated in, reviewed, and approved refinery PSSRs, and assessed and implemented mechanical integrity, maintenance and operations programs for three major chemical manufacturing firms.

Don graduated in 1968 from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering degree.

 


 

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