September Meeting






Overview of PSM


Uday Nadgir

Sr. Process Safety Design Engineer

Benjamin Moore & Co.

Montvale, NJ


Date:                       Tuesday, September 13th 2011


Agenda:                 Registration           6:00 PM
Dinner                    6:30 PM
Program                 7:30 PM


Place:                    Snuffy’s

Price:                     Members and Guests        .                   $ 25.00

Unemployed or Retired Members           $ 15.00

Students                                     ….      No Charge

Reservations:        Call Andy Soos at (908) 604-2693 or e-mail at by the Friday prior to the meeting (September 9th ).2010

If you make a reservation, we will notify you in the event we need to cancel


Unlike many other OSHA rules, PSM is a performance standard.  It requires companies to have certain programs in place, but allows a lot of flexibility in how companies implement them. Companies may develop their programs in a way that they think are most effective, based on the hazards of their processes and the make-up of the organization.  In this presentation, Uday will discuss the basic requirements of the PSM standard, with particular emphasis on Management of Change, Mechanical Integrity, Process Safety Information and Process Hazard Analysis.  These critical elements often require the greatest amount of resources and time, while having a major impact on the success of any PSM program

Speaker Backgrounds:

Uday Nadgir has been working in the chemical manufacturing industry for 12 years, and has held several roles in process engineering, production supervision and most recently in process safety management and reliability.  Uday began his career with Stepan Company, working as an engineer on process and quality improvement projects.  Eventually, he became the Process Hazard Analysis facilitator for the site, and began laying the foundation for the overall PSM program.  After a brief tenure with L’Oreal as a production supervisor, Uday took a Process Safety and Reliability Engineer position with Firmenich, Inc.  Most recently, Uday accepted a challenging role with Benjamin Moore, where he is responsible for Process Safety Management across multiple sites.  Uday has a B.E. in Chemical Engineering and a M.S. in General Management from Stevens Institute of Technology. 


Executive Committee Meeting

The Executive Committee meeting for April will be held on Wednesday September 7th at Paisano’s Pizza at 6:30 pm.  Note that it is Wednesday for September only. All members are welcome.


Future Meetings

Have you heard someone speak that would be of interest to our group?  Would you like to speak?  We’re interested in both technical and general interest presentations. Let us know.

Are You Ready for an unexpected Job Interview?

Most job seekers wait to polish up their interview skills until they are looking for a new position. Important interview opportunities, however, can present themselves at any time. For example,

  • Unplanned internal job openings: There is a sudden opportunity to advance your career from within, and your boss recommends you as a candidate for the job. Are you ready to communicate your contributions to the organization?
  • A recruiter calls: The position sounds like just the career move you’ve been wanting. Will you say the right things to win the job or will you blunder your best chance?
  • A former colleague introduces you to his boss: They are building an exciting new division for their company and looking for new staff. Will you entice his interest in you as a must-have new team member?
  • Those who continually grow in their careers are always prepared for these situations. Their interview skills are sharp at all times. To know if your skills are sharp enough to handle a surprise interview, see if you can answer the following three questions:

1. Can you concisely state your value proposition in 30 seconds or less?

A value proposition is meant to intrigue your listener with a quick overview of your skills, expertise, and industry know-how. If you can offer a precise summary of why you are the perfect candidate for that job, you are more likely to get to the second or third interview. A concise value proposition can make a critical difference in winning you a new position.

2. Do you know your top five accomplishments, and can you communicate their impact to your employer’s bottom-line initiatives?

A list of your top accomplishments will allow a potential employer to imagine what you can do for him or her. Accomplishments give employers a way to associate your skills with their needs—and a reason to remember you. Be prepared to list your top skills and show how they can help meet corporate needs.

3. Are you prepared to answer your own toughest interview questions, or do you hope they just won’t come up?

Don’t leave yourself vulnerable to questions like “If you’re doing so well in your job, why do you want to leave?” A good recruiter or hiring manager will see you sweat and stutter and squirm; you’ll lose their confidence and destroy a chance to get your dream job. Think about the questions that will be your biggest pitfalls—and be prepared to answer them.

Be prepared to answer all these questions and more. With those answers in hand, you’ll be ready for the unplanned interview so that you take your career from mediocre to marvelous with “always-ready” interview skills.

Deborah Walker, Certified Career Management Coach

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