• EPM Inc.

    Framingham, MA
    Raleigh, NC
    Knoxville, TN

    +1 508-875-2121

Janet Persechino

Ms. Janet Persechino has over 20 years of experience in the chemical processing industry (CPI). Her main focus has been risk assessment and loss prevention for chemical manufacturing from the perspective of property and casualty insurance. This experience includes design and testing of explosion mitigation systems and various types of fire protection systems for chemical manufacturing processes. Her work has included development, implementation, and evaluation/audits of all elements of the OSHA-mandated Process Safety Management 29 CFR 1910.119 programs.

Ms. Persechino’s experience also extends to evaluations of occupational safety programs, consequence analysis/vapor cloud explosion analysis, business continuity planning, construction project evaluation for fire and natural hazard loss prevention and chemical system process control. She has extensive experience in combustible dust hazard analysis and explosion mitigation methods.

Ms. Persechino has worked extensively in the field at chemical manufacturing facilities, and with stakeholders at all levels of her client’s organizations. Her understanding of the hazards, the engineered systems, and the challenges they present to the CPI, along with the knowledge of insurance company requests and regulatory requirements, allows her to find an adequate balance of ideal loss mitigation recommendations and techniques for this complex industry.

Ms. Persechino has a BS in Chemical Engineering and is an active member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the American Society of Safety Professionals. She is also a member of the Technical Steering Committee for the Center for Chemical Process Safety.

Peter A. McKnight

Mr. Peter McKnight has over 35 years of experience as a proven Process Safety Management (PSM) program expert with full implementation/auditing, PHA Leader, and Dust Hazard Management experience. Mr. McKnight has engaged in extensive high hazard chemical management and process safety consulting throughout his career both domestically and internationally. He has worked in the traditional and specialty chemical manufacturing, pharmeceutical and petroleum refining industries.

Mr. McKnight is a proven and experienced PSM compliance expert, program manager, and successful team builder, with significant experience in strategic planning, first-of-a-kind process concept design development, and integration/leadership support. He has a vibrant dedication to customer success; scientific and technological excellence; high quality products, services and deliverables; and on-time and on-budget project and program management.

Richard Suter

Mr. Richard Suter has been providing PSM consulting services since 2013. He provides Process Hazard Analysis (PHA), auditing, and PSM program development services. He has a broad background with industries that use highly hazardous chemicals, including refining, mid-stream gas facilities, specialty chemicals, anhydrous ammonia refrigeration, rubber, and biofuels.

Mr. Suter was a process engineer/project engineer for refining and specialty chemicals, with an emphasis on relief valve design and flare headers. He is also a certified PHA/LOPA facilitator, a registered professional engineer, and a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP).

Ted Oberhellman

Mr. Ted Oberhellman has 35 years of experience in the Chemical Processing Industry. Thirty-two of those years were spent at Dow Corning Corporation where he held various positions including Process Engineering Specialist, Manufacturing Team Leader, and Process Safety Leader. He has worked internationally for Dow Corning, performing process safety studies and in other process safety and design functions. His experience includes developing, implementing, and providing training in various process safety topics.

Mr. Oberhellman has a proven track record in facilitating Process Hazard Analysis for various types of complex, high-risk processes. His experience gives him the knowledge to find practical solutions while being safety-minded. He has a BS in Chemical Engineering and is a licensed Six Sigma Green Belt. He received two Dow Corning Technical Achievement Awards, has been a mentor to new Process Safety Engineers, and is an active member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.