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Public Webinar - Confined Space Entry for Fractionators< Back to News

Apr 29, 2022

June 8, 2022 Webinar Registration Now Open


Confined Space Entry for Fractionators

Careful planning is required to address numerous hazards recognized for confined space entry in fractionation columns. The FRI Technical Committee (TC) recently reviewed best practices for confined space entry and uncovered debate around a few topics that were not consistent across industry, especially related to ventilation requirements. It was also noted that many scenarios are unique to work in distillation columns, because it is physically demanding and often includes significant hazards associated with hot work, work at heights and dangerous atmospheres. We will review learnings from the TC, as well as confined space entry at the FRI experimental unit.


About the Speaker - Dr. Ken McCarley

Dr. McCarley is a registered Professional Engineer in Oklahoma. He holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, and a PhD in chemical engineering from Colorado School of Mines.

Ken came to FRI with global R&D experience at ConocoPhillips and Alstom Power, mainly in petroleum refining, gas treating, and carbon capture. Ken has led the development of process models, laboratory investigations and operations of large pilot plants using several chemical separation technologies, including: distillation, extractive distillation, absorption, adsorption and membranes.

Dr. McCarley joined FRI as the Technical Director in 2014. He is responsible for the planning and execution of the research activities at FRI. He also works with the FRI Technical Committee to identify new areas of research.



The webinar includes a 45 minute presentation followed by 15 minutes of Q&A. To register for the June 8, 2022 - Webinar, use the links below to go to the session, select your time zone and choose either 10:00 am CT or 8:00 pm CT, whichever is more convenient. An email with log-in instructions will be sent to the email address provided.

10:00 AM
8:00 PM