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  • Explosion hits Russian research facility harbouring smallpox virus

    17 September 2019

    An explosion on September 16 caused a fire at the Vector Institute, a biological research facility in Siberia known for being one of the two sites in the world housing samples of live smallpox virus. ...

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  • UK HSE calls for partners in high hazard research programmes

    17 September 2019

    HSE’s Shared Research Programme supports external investment and collaboration in HSE’s research portfolio. This allows resources and expertise to be shared for the benefit of all. By supporting the shared research approach, contributing partners will be able to help shape the focus of the research activity, gain ongoing access to emerging findings and have early sight of draft outputs....

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  • California researchers find grooves in building materials improve explosion protection

    16 September 2019

    Cutting grooved patterns into building materials can make them much more resistant to the huge shockwaves of explosions or earthquakes, a team from the University of California San Diego has found....

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  • NOMINATIONS OPEN Hazardex 2020 Awards for Excellence

    13 September 2019

    The Hazardex International Conference and Exhibition in Harrogate, UK, on 26 & 27 February 2020 will feature a hazardous area and process safety awards programme to highlight examples of excellence across the sector. Categories open for nomination are Contribution to Safety, Contribution to the Environment, Technical Innovation, Best User Application and Best Customer Service....

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  • BP deploys Mars technology on UK continental shelf as part of worldwide methane monitoring initiative

    12 September 2019

    BP's North Sea division has successfully executed a pilot project testing innovative ways of remotely monitoring methane emissions around its offshore assets. This includes the use of drones with advanced sensor technology originally designed by NASA for its Mars exploration programme....

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Hazardex Conference and Exhibition returns to Harrogate 12 September 2019

The 2020 Hazardex International Conference and Exhibition co located with PPTex will take place on February 26 and 27 at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, north-eastern England, its original home, moving back from Runcorn to the elegant North Yorkshire spa town....

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Japan could dump radioactive water from Fukushima into ocean 11 September 2019

On September 10, Japan’s Energy Minister said storage facilities for radioactive water at the Fukushima nuclear power plant would be full by 2022. As a result, he said, future contaminated water might have to be dumped in the Pacific Ocean....

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Dutch government to end Groningen gas production eight years earlier than planned 10 September 2019

Gas production at the Groningen field in the Netherlands will be halted entirely by 2022, eight years earlier than initially planned by the Dutch government, broadcaster NOS reported on September 10. Citing anonymous government sources, NOS said production would be capped below 12 billion cubic metres (bcm) in the 12 months through October 2020. The government had previously set a production cap for the period at 15.9 bcm. ...

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Equinor to clean up Bahamas terminal oil spill following hurricane 10 September 2019

Norwegian energy company Equinor has said it will tackle an oil spill from its South Riding Point oil terminal on the Bahamian island of Grand Bahama after tanks on the site were damaged by Hurricane Dorian. Images on social media showed leaks down one of the three tanks on the site and on the ground nearby....

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German village festival explosion kills one, injures 14 10 September 2019

One woman died from severe burns sustained during a frying pan explosion that also injured 14 at a village festival in Freudenberg, western Germany, on September 7. Five people are in a critical condition, four from burns and one who suffered a heart attack, according to local police....


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Lessons and challenges in major hazards leadership: a personal perspective

Jo Nettleton is Deputy Director and Head of Radioactive Substances and Installations Regulation at the UK Environment Agency. In this article, based on her presentation at the Hazardex 2019 Conference, she looks at some of the high hazard incidents that have occurred during her wide-ranging career and reflects on the importance of leadership and collaboration in preventing these incidents. Jo also considers some of the main challenges for the future....

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Challenges and opportunities: Taking the Scotch whisky sector beyond compliance

Last autumn, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) launched its first Sector Plan for one of the biggest industries in Scotland: Whisky. This sector plan is not about implementation, because all but a small number of distilleries in Scotland fulfil their obligations, says Paul Guppy of DPS Group. This is about a new key phrase which is becoming increasingly important, moving beyond compliance....


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Taking the EU cyber security Directive seriously

The EU’s NIS Directive (Directive on security of network and information systems) is the first piece of EU-wide cyber security legislation. It aims to achieve a high common level of network and information system security across the EU’s critical infrastructure. The Directive was enacted into UK law on 10 May 2018, and fines of up to £17 million can be levied on companies found to be in contravention....

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