“So long, and no thanks for all the fish. Focussing on humans in an age of automation.”


Stefan KukulaChief Executive - The Engineering Equipment & Materials Users Association (EEMUA)

Time & Location

Thursday: 10.40 to 11.00, Stage 3

About this presentation

Too often advances in safety in the process industries are driven by incidents and accidents. EEMUA itself puts out guidance and training based on members’ good practice as a reaction to tragic events. What we as an industry need to focus on is forward spotting where weaknesses exist, and addressing those. The latest update to EEMUA’s guidance on control room design, EEMUA 201, drew together good practice in the area, aiming to reduce the risk of failure of the control room’s most vital component – the operator.

Too often the experience of those working in the environments is not fed back to the designers of facilities, wasting the opportunity to improve safety, and reduce the risk of incidents before it happens.

This presentation will look at how work done in this area, and others, can reduce process safety risks, allowing operators to fully use the skills they have – and not have to spend their time feeding fish.

Speaker Bio

The Engineering Equipment and Materials Users Association (EEMUA) is a technically focussed global membership organisation for owners and operators of fixed industrial assets; expensive equipment, often dealing with hazardous materials, which must work reliably, efficiently, and safely in order to make money. Our membership comes from a range of different areas – chemical industries, power generation, oil and gas, refineries, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, gas transmission and storage, fuel storage, and others. Their common interests are the technology and techniques they use, and the technical challenges they face, not their markets and customers.

We help them by drawing together guidance which is recognised by regulators worldwide as “what good looks like”, providing a forum for information exchange within competition guidelines on aspects impacting safety and environmental issues, arranging training and competency courses in technical disciplines, assisting in the drawing up of national and international standards, and representing our members views to suppliers, regulators and legislative bodies in technical areas.

I joined EEMUA in 2012, becoming Chief Executive in 2014. My career started in the nuclear industry and has included working in materials companies in the UK and Japan, as well as the development of motors for vacuum cleaners, gas detectors for industrial safety, and working on low cost lower limb prostheses for Cambodian mine victims.