Hal Thomas, exida Partner has been awarded the ISA Standards and Practices Award for his outstanding leadership and technical expertise as ISA84 Working Group 9 chairman in the development of ISA-TR84.00.09-2013, Security Countermeasures Related to SIS.
Mr. Thomas has over 36 years of professional experience. He is widely recognized as an expert in functional process safety analysis, including safety instrumented systems and high availability automation systems. He helped pioneer the use of HAZOP, fault tree analysis, consequence analysis, LOPA, and introduction of the SIS work process while at Air Products. He was formerly an Engineering Associate – Process Safety and Technology Manager for Safety Instrumented Systems at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. His principle work responsibilities included assisting and mentoring process safety and process control engineers in hazard identification, the use of fault tree analysis, LOPA, SIL assessment, SIL verification, leading new technology hazard reviews, as well as to write standards and procedures to promote high quality and consistent results.
He helped institute a managed system of standardized consequence analysis procedures and managed the development of a number of in house tools and models to support both likelihood and consequence analysis. He has served on a number of CCPS committees that have written guideline books, and is an original member of the CCPS Process Equipment Reliability Database initiative. He is a member of the CFSE Governing Board and is a senior member of ISA. He has authored numerous published papers.