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Cummings will address ISA Automation Week’s attendees on the topic of Marvel or Myth-a “Golden Hammer” to Manage Process Safety Risks. His presentation will explore the key elements required to implement and maintain a consistent and highly reliable program to prevent process incidents, including risk management systems, safety culture, operational discipline, and organization learning.

Cumming’s abstract states the following about his timely topic: “Serious process safety related fires, explosions, and toxic releases seem to be in the news every day somewhere in the United States or in other parts of the world. Beyond high visibility industry incidents like those at BP’s Texas City and Imperial Sugar’s Port Wentworth plants, incidents also occur in virtually all industry segments involving a myriad of hazardous materials and technologies.”

David Cummings serves as the Global Process Safety Management Competency

Leader for DuPont SHE based in Wilmington, Delaware. He has overall responsibility for internal standards and policies, training, improvement strategies, auditing, and performance management systems relating to process safety across four global regions and 180 manufacturing locations. Cummings has over 30 years of experience within the safety and health field with a BS from Western Maryland College and an MS from Temple University in Occupational Health and Safety. He is an ABIH Certified Industrial Hygienist in Comprehensive Practice. In addition to various technical and management roles within DuPont, he has held previous positions within the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the US Navy, and the US Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).

“Process safety is on everybody’s mind these days and I’d imagine that any automation professional working in the process industry as well as other industries will benefit from attending David Cumming’s keynote address. Recent incidents have shown the impact these accidents can have, not only for the affected organization itself, but for the environment, humanity, wildlife, and the overall economy,” said Gerald Cockrell, ISA Automation Week technical program co-chair. “We could not have asked for a timelier topic when we invited Cummings to present at ISA Automation Week,” Cockrell continued.

ISA Automation Week 2010 takes place 4-7 October at the Westin Galleria in Houston, Texas, USA. It is an in-depth technical conference with a focused exhibit component featuring over 100 vendors. It will deliver critical knowledge on the theory and application of automation technologies in processing and manufacturing environments through vendor-neutral content across seven technical tracks. As an integral part of the conference, vendor exhibits will supplement technical sessions with hands-on, real-world solutions and networking opportunities. Each session has been designed with specific content for five identified career paths: Engineer, Technician, Management, Marketing, and Academia/R&D/Scientist. Using the PathFinder tool, attendees can create a unique combination of sessions covering topics across all tracks, for a comprehensive look at their professions.

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About ISA

Founded in 1945, the International Society of Automation ( is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts conferences and exhibitions for automation professionals. ISA is the founding sponsor of the Automation Federation (

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