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3 October 2008 PR 08/138

3 October 2008 | PR 08/138

RoSPA recognises Loughborough University Professor for his life-saving work

Professor Trevor Kletz receives a RoSPA Distinguished Service Award. Pictured from the left is Tom Mullarkey, RoSPA Chief Executive, Professor Kletz and Lord Brougham & Vaux, RoSPA Vice President.Professor Trevor Kletz OBE has received a Distinguished Service Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents in recognition of his work to save lives and reduce injuries in the chemical industry.

The prestigious award is reserved for those who have made an outstanding contribution to health and safety.

Professor Kletz, who is Visiting Professor of Chemical Engineering at Loughborough University, is famed worldwide for his development of the technique of Hazard and Operability Studies. He has made a fundamental contribution to the assessment and control of risks associated with the design, operation and maintenance of chemical process plant.

After graduating with a first class degree in chemistry in 1944, he joined Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI), where he progressed through various production roles to become Assistant Works Manager at Billingham Oil Works. In 1968, he was appointed ICI’s first technical safety adviser, and in 1978, he became a Visiting Professor of Chemical Engineering at Loughborough, later becoming a full Professor. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Texas A&M University.

Since retiring from ICI in 1982, Prof Kletz has developed a second career as a consultant, writer, commentator and lecturer on all aspects of process safety. His 11 books and well over 100 papers have had an enormous impact on students and practitioners in the UK and around the world. He was appointed an OBE in 1997 for his services to process safety.

He was presented with his award during the annual RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards ceremony at the Hilton Glasgow on Thursday 25 September.

Tom Mullarkey, RoSPA Chief Executive, said: “The late Sir John Harvey-Jones, a former Chairman of ICI, once commented that Professor Kletz had single-handedly taught the firm to look at safety in a different way and that his persistence, imagination and passion had saved countless colleagues from injury and death.

“Professor Kletz’s influence has extended globally, and RoSPA is delighted to honour his very significant achievements through the presentation of a Distinguished Service Award.”

Also receiving RoSPA Distinguished Service Awards this year were: Michael Clapham, MP for Barnsley West and Penistone, Margaret Burns CBE, of Aberdeen, who is a former Health and Safety Commissioner; and Professor Frank Wright, of Stockport, who is Professor of Law at the University of Warwick.

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Notes for editors:

  1. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top fifteen of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2008 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, with 22 out of 30 of its subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. It was named winner of the 2006 and 2007 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other institution.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

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