Michelle Brown
Corporate Process Safety Manager
FMC


“Manufacturing is one of the engines which drives our US economy, as well as the global economy. As such it provides jobs for millions of people - those people and the many others who live near manufacturing locations deserve to work and live without experiencing harm from those manufacturing sites.”


Michelle is the primary author and driving force behind the authorship of the FMC Process Safety Standard. Through the coordination of multiple stakeholders around the world, her leadership set the new process safety standard which has now been accepted at all FMC locations globally.

As part of this effort, Michelle led the team that developed an innovative method to evaluate and prioritize process safety hazards at all FMC sites known as “The Process Hazard Level Screening Tool.” This is a simple, effective methodology to compare process safety hazards globally. The groundbreaking tool was presented to the ACC Responsible Care Conference in 2016 and selected as the Responsible Care Initiative of the Year.

Thanks to Michelle’s efforts and contributions, FMC was recognized as ACC Company of the Year in 2017. She continues to bring industry best practices to FMC, including multiple work-in-progress efforts around Layers of Protection Analysis tool, Cost Benefit Analysis, Process Hazard Analysis improvements and an undated Combustible Dust Standard. She is the recognized company expert in the field of process safety.

Michelle has mentored multiple teams and individuals globally, including young female engineers who expressed interest in Process Safety. She nurtured that group into a valuable multi-site resource pool. Outside of the office, Michelle is active in multiple community activities which highlight the roles that women can and do play in engineering and safety. For example, she has taken a role as “Safety Leader” for the Philadelphia Science Fair FMC Team. There, she ensures that all exhibits and participants enjoy the fair safely and responsibly.

Michelle is regularly involved with United Way, local area food drives and Back-Pack-A-Thons for needy children. She’s also active in her church and their community outreach.

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