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  • Poor maintenance cited in China chemical plant blast

    11 December 2018

    According to the Chinese news website Ecns.cn, a safety expert from the Ministry of Emergency Management said that the explosion at a chemical plant in Zhangjiakou, Hebei province, that claimed 23 lives last month, was the result of sloppy management, poor maintenance and the mishandling of the emergency...

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  • Oil theft attempt causes major spill from Brazil pipeline

    10 December 2018

    At least 60,000 litres of oil spilled into Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay and a nearby river on December 8 after an attempted robbery on a pipeline, accordin to a statement by Transpetro, part of the state-run oil and gas group Petrobras. The company said the oil had spilled into the Estrela River and immediate action by emergency teams ensured 75% of the oil had been cleaned up by the morning of December 10....

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  • Owner and four senior managers sentenced to prison over Louisiana military explosives conspiracy

    03 December 2018

    A US court has sentenced five senior personnel of Explo Systems Inc. to between two and five years in prison for a criminal conspiracy involving military explosives. The company, which won a contract for munitions disposal, improperly stored them at the Camp Minden Louisiana National Guard facility. This led to a huge explosion in 2012 that caused the evacuation of the nearby town of Doyline....

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  • US Coast Guard orders Louisiana oil company to stop 14-year old Gulf of Mexico leak

    03 December 2018

    The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has ordered Taylor Energy Company to contain and clean up an ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which the federal government says has leaked more than a million barrels of oil since 2004. According to the Washington Post the order was issued on 23 October 2018, and the company faces fines of $40,000 per day if it fails to comply....

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  • Recruitment recovers in UK oil & gas sector

    30 November 2018

    Workforce recruitment is on the rise among oil and gas contractors in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) as business confidence reaches its highest level since 2013, according to the 29th Oil and Gas survey conducted by Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Fraser of Allander Institute and KPMG....

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Hazardex & PPTex 2019 - Conference speakers and presentations **Now CPD certified** 30 November 2018

The speakers and schedule for the Hazardex and PPTex 2019 Conference, to be held on February 27th & 28th 2019 at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK, have now been confirmed. Time limited delegate offers now available. This HAZLOC event is now CPD certified and recognised to issue certificate points to conference attendees....

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Chemical truck explosion kills 22 in north China 28 November 2018

A truck carrying combustible chemicals exploded in north China's Hebei Province early on the morning of 28 November, causing a series of blasts that wrecked nearby vehicles and killed 22 people, local authorities said. Another 22 were injured in the explosions in the city of Zhangjiakou, the Xinhua news agency reported....

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Drax starts Europe’s first carbon capture and storage bioenergy pilot project 26 November 2018

UK energy utility Drax has started a pilot project to capture and store carbon dioxide emissions at its biomass plant, the first of its kind in Europe, the company said on November 26. Drax said the CO2 will initially be stored on site but that eventually it will seek to find a use for the gas, such as in the drinks industry which earlier this year was hit with a CO2 shortage....

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Hazardex & PPTex 2019 Awards for Excellence - **CALL FOR NOMINATIONS OPEN** 26 November 2018

The Hazardex International Conference and Exhibition in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK, on 27 & 28 February 2019, 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, PPTex Innovation and Best Customer Service....

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BP announces start of oil production from giant Clair Ridge field offshore UK 23 November 2018

BP, on behalf of co-venturers Shell, Chevron and ConocoPhillips, has announced first oil production from the giant Clair Ridge project in the West of Shetland region on the UK continental shelf (UKCS). Clair Ridge is the second phase of development of the Clair field, 75 kilometres West of Shetland. The field, which was discovered in 1977, has an estimated seven billion barrels of hydrocarbons....

Features

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Raising the standard in safety culture: ISO 45001

Health and safety is not just the responsibility of a management team or department. Sharing that responsibility amongst all employees is the first step in influencing organisational culture. Workers must actively participate in the development and ongoing management of health and safety systems. In this article, Mike Wood of Acclaim looks at how to change the safety culture within an organisation, with specific reference to ISO 45001....

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On-scene HAZMAT response with a gas chromatograph mass spectrometer

Responders rely first on their knowledge and experience, and then on the tools in their toolkit to keep themselves and the public safe. Chemical scenes can be chaotic and getting actionable information quickly is vital. Unknowns can be incredibly dangerous. Having the right tools in the toolkit and understanding their capabilities is critical to mission success. ...

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The opportunity for wearable technology in PPE

We are all familiar with the way that the internet has changed the way we communicate, work, socialise and play over the last two decades.  The internet is now generating the beginnings of a second seismic shift – the explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT) which will fundamentally change your workplace as well as your home. ...

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