2019 CGA Safety and Reliability of Industrial Gases, Equipment, & Facilities Seminar

October 16 – 17, 2019

Hollywood, Florida

Onsite Registration Available October 16-17

We invite you to join us for the Compressed Gas Association’s 2019 CGA Safety and Reliability of Industrial Gases, Equipment, and Facilities Seminar, to be held October 16 – 17, 2019 at the Hollywood Beach Marriott in Hollywood, Florida. This seminar is open to CGA members and members of affiliated associations.

Program Highlights

This seminar focuses on improving the safe operation of air separation facilities and processes, presented by industry experts from around the world.

Presenters will discuss topics related to:

  • Learnings from industry incidents and near misses
  • Product safety considerations for the consumer market
  • Process safety initiatives
  • Modeling dispersion of atmospheric gas vents; new model and proposed method for separation distance tables
  • Use of advanced data collection and trend analysis to help manage air separation unit high risk hazards
  • …and more! See the Event Schedule for a detailed program.

Who should attend? Plant managers, designers, engineers, operators, safety personnel, and anyone who interacts with air separation operations and processes.

Online Registration is Now Closed.

Please use the expanding menus below to view the full meeting program as well as all details on how to register for the meeting and how to make hotel reservations.

We look forward to seeing you at the seminar!

Registration Information & Policies


Registration for this seminar is open to CGA members and members of the following affiliated organizations:

• All India Industrial Gases Manufacturers Association
• Asia Industrial Gases Association
• Australia New Zealand Industrial Gas Association
• British Compressed Gases Association
• Canadian Propane Association
• European Cylinder Makers Association
• European Industrial Gases Association
• Fire Suppression Systems Association
• Gases and Welding Distributors Association
• Industriegaseverband e.V.
• International Beverage Dispensing Equipment Association
• International Oxygen Manufacturers Association
• Japan Industrial and Medical Gases Association
• National Propane Gas Association
• Southern Africa Compressed Gases Association

Everyone attending the 2019 CGA Safety & Reliability of Industrial Gases, Equipment, and Facilities Seminar must register for the meeting and pay any applicable fees.

Please review all the meeting and registration information provided on this web page prior to completing your registration.

Key Dates

  • Onsite Registration Available: October 16-17, 2019
  • Early Registration Deadline: September 23, 2019
  • Hotel Reservation Deadline Extended to: September 27, 2019
  • Online Registration Closed: October 1, 2019. Registrations will only be accepted on-site at the event after this date.
  • Cancellation/Changes Deadline: October 1, 2019. 

Hotel Reservations: 

Seminar attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. Click here to make your hotel reservation, or go to the Hotel Information & Reservations section of this web page to read more about the hotel property and reservation procedures.

Registration Fees

Registration fees are per person, in U.S. dollars. The early registration fee applies for all registrations received through September 23, 2019; all registrations received on or after September 24 will be charged the regular registration fee.

Registration Fees Early Regular
CGA members $695 $795
Affiliated association members $795 $895

Payment must accompany your registration. Registrations will not be processed or confirmed until payment is received. Only individuals who have received a confirmation may attend the seminar.

Registration includes meals (breakfasts, breaks, lunch, and reception) as indicated in the meeting schedule.

How to Register

CGA Members: Log into the CGA member portal and click the registration link in the announcements section of your Personal Page.  Online registration must be paid in full by credit card at time of registration. Alternatively, you may use the PDF registration form provided for affiliated association members below.

Affiliated Association Members: Members of affiliated associations must download the PDF registration form, and then mail or fax the completed form with payment to CGA at:

Compressed Gas Association
Attn: CGA Safety & Reliability Seminar
14501 George Carter Way, Suite 103
Chantilly, Virginia 20151

Fax: 703-961-1831

For payment by check or wire transfer, please print and complete the registration form (PDF). Check must be made payable to Compressed Gas Association in U.S. dollars and drawn on a U.S. bank. Checks drawn on a non-U.S. bank will not be accepted.

To pay by wire transfer, contact CGA for instructions.

Cancellation/Substitution Policy

A written cancellation is required. All registration cancellations, changes, and requests for refunds must be submitted in writing and received by CGA on or before October 1, 2019. Refunds are subject to a $50 (USD) processing fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations received after the deadline for any reason. Refunds are processed after the seminar.

You may transfer your full registration to another employee of your organization, provided you notify CGA in writing. Substitutes are only allowed for the full seminar and are not allowed on a daily basis.


If you have any questions about your registration, send an email to Jana Hollis by completing the form below and clicking “Submit.” All required fields are marked with an asterisk (*).

Alternatively, you may call Jana at +1-703-788-2746 for assistance.

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Hotel Information & Reservations

2019 CGA Safety & Reliability of Industrial Gases, Equipment & Facilities Seminar Hotel

Hollywood Beach Marriott

2501 North Ocean Drive

Hollywood, Florida 33019

United States

Telephone: +1-954-924-2202, +1-855-314-1984 (toll-free reservation center; caller must request CGA group rate)

Reserve Your Room: CGA Safety & Reliability of Industrial Gases, Equipment, & Facilities Seminar Reservations

The CGA group rate is $169.00 (USD) single or double occupancy, per traditional room, per night, plus applicable taxes (currently 13%, subject to change). The hotel will honor the CGA rate three days before and after the meeting dates, subject to room availability at the time of reservation.

The CGA group rate includes the following:

  • Complimentary basic wireless internet in guest rooms
  • Complimentary basic wireless internet in meeting room
  • Waived daily destination amenity fee
  • Discounted parking rates of $10/day for self-parking and $14/day for valet parking

Deadline Extended: Hotel Reservations must be received on or before September 27, 2019, to receive the CGA rate.

Reservation requests received after this date will be accepted on a space-available basis and at prevailing room rates.

Please Note: CGA has contracted with the meeting hotel to set aside a block of rooms at this rate for meeting registrants. CGA is contractually obligated to fill this room block and may be exposed to significant financial liability should our members fail to support this room block.

Reservation Instructions

Make your reservation online at the hotel’s reservation web page for the 2019 CGA Safety & Reliability of Industrial Gases, Equipment & Facilities Seminar or call the hotel’s reservation department toll-free at +1-855-314-1984 and ask for the discounted CGA group rate.

Reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card or accompanied by a deposit equal to the first night’s room and taxes. Individual reservations must be cancelled 72 hours in advance in order to avoid a one night room and tax charge.

Hotel Features & Amenities

  • Recently renovated guest rooms and meeting spaces
  • On-property bar and restaurant
  • Pool and fitness center
  • Easy access to the beach front and boardwalk
  • Bike rentals available

All hotel rates and prices on this page are quoted in United States dollars (USD).

Event Schedule

2019 CGA Safety & Reliability of Industrial Gases, Equipment & Facilities Seminar Program

Meeting schedule and program as of August 14, 2019; subject to change. 

Wednesday, October 16

7:30am – Continental Breakfast and Registration

8:00am-5:00pm – General Session

12:00pm – Lunch

6:00pm – 7:00 pm – Reception

Wednesday, October 16 – General Session Presentations
Bulk Storage Tank Incident

Sudhir Phakey, Linde

Overpressurization of a Flat Bottom Tank

Pierre Petit, Air Liquide

Flat Bottom Tank Design Issues and Resolutions

Jim VanOmmeren, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

Failures of Carbon Monoxide/Carbon Dioxide Mixture Cylinders – Mechanism and How to Avoid

Gal Ben Yehuda, Oxygen and Argon Works

Liquid Nitrogen Spill Test – Experimental Results and Emergency Response Implications

Jim Eaton, Praxair

Elizabeth Lutostansky, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

Use of Advanced Data Collection and Trends Analysis to Help Manage ASU High Risk Hazards

Jerry Lu, Air Products China

Oxygen Hose Fire

James White, Praxair

Anna Wehr-Aukland, Praxair

Sudden Failure of a Reciprocating Compressor in Oxygen Service

Kate O’Handly, Matheson

Recent Reciprocating Compressor Oxygen Compressor Fires

Patrick Smith, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

Incidents and Retrofit in Packaged Gases

Brian Clarkson, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

Liquid Oxygen Pump Overpressure Due to Backflow

Dr. John Somavarapu, Air Liquide

Failure of a De-Aerator Heater

Edward Richey, Praxair


Thursday, October 17

7:30am – Continental Breakfast and Registration

8:00am-12:00pm – General Session

Thursday, October 17 – General Session Presentations
Dual Plate Check Valve Pin and Spring Wear

Chad Texter, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

Modeling Dispersion of Atmospheric Gas Vents: A New Model

Derek Miller, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.

An Incident Related to LOX Vacuum Jacketed Pipe

Jerry Lu, Air Products China

Process Safety Initiative

Florent Le Clainche, Air Liquide


Ground Transportation

The Marriott Hollywood Beach Hotel is located just five miles from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). The hotel does not provide an airport shuttle.

Ground Transportation Booths are located in each terminal on the Lower Level. Customer Service Coordinators staff these Information Booths. They will assist FLL Airport patrons with ground transportation questions. Booths will be staffed during the periods of significant inbound arriving flights. Each booth has local brochures to assist travelers with their ground transportation needs.

Taxi cab, shared ride, and luxury sedan transportation is available. Taxi fare is approximately $25 (USD). Click here for more information on ground transportation options.

Rental Cars

The Rental Car Center (RCC) offers 12 rental car companies in one building next to Terminal 1. Rental car customers no longer need to travel off-site to pick up or drop off their cars. Click here for more information on car rentals.

General Information

What to Wear

The dress code for CGA meetings is business casual; coat and tie are optional. Meetings and events will be in air-conditioned meeting space. It is recommended that you bring a jacket or sweater.


October temperatures in Hollywood Beach average a high of 84 F (29 C) and a low of 75 F (24 C).

Area Attractions

For information on things to do and places to see in the area, visit the Hollywood and Greater Fort Lauderdale tourism websites.