Integrating a Process Safety Mindset

In this course you will discover how PSM affects and is affected by your work.  You will explore many of the attitudes, perspectives and philosophies connected to PSM.  As a learner, you will engage in activities including case studies, hands-on examples, and break-out discussions designed to help you achieve and promote a process safety mindset.


After completion, you will be able to:

  • Relate process safety to other safety elements
  • Identify the “impact points” of plant changes
  • Recognize how broadly PSM is impacted by your daily activities
  • Evaluate consequences of hazard scenarios in your area of focus
  • Integrate process safety information into your operating and design decisions
  • Adopt a team perspective of your role in managing process safety in relationship to others in your facility
  • Assume ownership for your personal role in process safety management

Target audience:

Operators, Maintenance & Instrument Technicians, Engineers and other facility personnel who are affected by Process Safety Management (PSM) guidelines.  A basic understanding of process equipment and operation is required; however this course is suitable for recent new hires as well as experienced employees.


This course is offered off-site as a 2 ½ day (1.7 CEU’s) course.  On-site courses are also available.  We are happy to address your company’s objectives and training duration requests as well as incorporate site specific materials with a custom on-site training package. *Companies with groups of 4 or more attendees receive a special discount.

For further information on the next off-site training or to request a proposal for custom on-site training, contact Provenance Academy at




About the Instructors:

Patrick Nonhof

Patrick Nonhof

Mr. Nonhof holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. He has nearly 20 years of experience in the petrochemical industry. He began his career with BASF and held positions in project engineering and operations.

After BASF, he worked for Berwanger, Inc., an engineering consulting company based in Houston. At Berwanger, Mr. Nonhof served in a variety of line management positions. During his tenure with Berwanger, he worked for multiple multinational oil and gas companies providing Process Safety Management (PSM) services. In 2006, he cofounded Provenance Consulting, LLC., a process safety consulting company.  Provenance’s focus is implementation and maintenance of PSM systems, with a focus on data management.



Sarah McDuffee

Mrs. McDuffee comes to Provenance with seventeen years of experience in the refining/chemical industry. She has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Montana State University. Her eleven years with a major refining company included project design, unit support and distillation consulting roles.

She completed her Masters in Adult Education and Training with Colorado State University in 2011 while working for Northern Oklahoma College as an engineering instructor. In 2010 she became the Process Technology Program Director and worked closely with local refineries and chemical plants to ensure the curriculum matched the needs of the industry. Sarah is currently the Training Coordinator at Provenance Academy where she is passionate about creating meaningful learning opportunities for professionals.