Advanced Procedures Project

The Advanced Procedures Research Initiative is being conducted by a multidisciplinary team comprised of Texas A&M University researchers from the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center (MKOPSC; a part of TEES) and the Ergonomics Center (ErgoCenter; a part of School of Public Health).


Process Safety

The process safety team helps guides our efforts based on the current best practices of process safety and leverages MKOPSC’s expansive connection with Industry.



We are uniquely equipped to address the complex problems of procedure use in high-risk industrial settings with our combination of resources and expertise of process safety from MKOPSC and human factors/ergonomics from ErgoCenter.


Human Factors

The human factors team focuses on how procedures can help operators complete their work safely and efficiently by taking into consideration the user,task, and environment.

Research Project Information and Goals

Effective procedure systems consists of procedures that are:

  • Clearly written and easy to follow
  • Easily Accessible
  • Accurate
  • Up-to-date
  • Used effectively
  • Designed to accommodate the user, task, and environment
  • Effective procedure system promote:

  • Effectiveness
  • Efficiency
  • Safety
  • However, the method for developing and maintaining all of the necessary elements of an effective procedure system are not completely understood.

  • This may account for the number of incidents associated with procedural problems

  • Writer’s Guide : The first project of the Advanced Procedures Initiative is the development of an empirically based writer’s guide. The Writer’s Guide incorporates findings from human performance and human factors research to provide evidence-based guidelines for procedure development. This effort will advance the comprehension, compliance, and use of procedures particularly in high-risk industrial settings.

    Meet Our Team

    Dr. M. Sam Mannan

    Principal Investigator

    Dr. M. Sam Mannan is Regents Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at Texas A&M University and Director of the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center at the Texas Engineering Experiment Station.

    Dr. S. Camille Peres

    Principal Investigator

    Dr. S. Camille Peres is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health at Texas A&M Health Science Center. Her research and teaching interests are directly related to the goals of improving the Human-Machine Interface.

    Dr. Noor Al Quddus

    Research Scientist

    Dr. Noor Al Quddus is a Research Scientist at the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center.

    Our Partners

    One of the strengths of the Advanced Procedures Project is the financial and logistical support we receive from our industry partners. Our industry partners act as a steering committee to help define the problem space and develop research goals so that our efforts within the Advanced Procedures Project address the current safety and performance needs of the industry. Additionally, our industry partners help make our research possible by aiding in the process of getting access to their facilities and employees for data collection purposes.



    NOVA Chemicals



    Contact Us

    If you have any questions regarding the Advanced Procedures Project or any of the activities, please contact
    Dr. S. Camille Peres at (979) 436-9326 or email:

    Mailing Address:

    Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center
    Texas A&M University
    3122 TAMU
    College Station, TX 77843-3122
    Fax: (979) 458-1493