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  • Hazardex in the Regions 2014-15: UK & Europe: Book your delegate places now

    01 August 2014

    Hazardex in the Regions conference & exhibitions are to run again in 2014 & 2015. Dates/locations so far include: Aberdeen 08/10/14 Central London 26/11/14 Swansea 28/01/15 Ellesmere Port 25/02/15 Rotterdam 25/03/15 ...

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  • Milford Haven refinery bought by Swiss group

    31 July 2014

    The Milford Haven oil refinery in Wales has been bought from US group Murphy Oil by Klesch Refining Ltd, part of a Swiss commodities group, with the deal expected to close no later than October.The news means that around 400 jobs will be saved at the site. Workers feared the worst when a £300m deal to save the plant collapsed in April, and Murphy Oil stopped buying crude oil to be processed at the site....

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  • HSE 2013/14 annual report

    31 July 2014

    The latest annual report from the UK Health and Safety Executive highlights the agency’s activities and areas of focus over the year. Over the period covered by the report, 51% of HSE inspections targeted the construction industry, 37% manufacturing, 3% waste and 9% other industries....

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  • Canadian sawmill owner fined C$724,000 over fatal 2012 dust explosion

    30 July 2014

    The company that owns the British Columbia sawmill where two workers were killed and 22 others injured in an explosion and fire has been ordered by WorkSafeBC to pay more than $724,000 in penalties and levies. The April 23, 2012 blaze at Lakeland Mills in Prince George followed a similar deadly explosion only months earlier at the Babine Forest Products sawmill in Burns Lake, B.C....

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  • Kansas refinery fire injures four

    29 July 2014

    A fire at a Coffeyville, Kansas oil refinery resulted in four employees sustaining varying degrees of burns, and all were taken to hospital for treatment. One of the injured is said to be in a serious condition....

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US fish oil plant blast kills one, injures three 29 July 2014

One man died and three others were injured in an explosion at the Omega Protein fish processing plant at Moss Point, Mississippi, on July 28. Moss Point Fire Chief Tommy Posey said the men were repairing a fish oil storage tank when the top blew off, killing an employee who was carrying out welding work on the top of the tank when it exploded....

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UK takes measures to boost shale gas exploration 28 July 2014

On July 27, the UK government clarified the rules on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to develop the country’s shale oil and gas resources, and opened the bidding process for new licences. Companies will be able to bid for onshore oil and gas licences for the first time in six years, with about half the country available for exploration. ...

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UK unveils new programme to develop underground nuclear waste repository 25 July 2014

On July 24 the UK Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) published a new white paper, Implementing Geological Disposal, updating its policy for the long-term management of higher level radioactive wastes, including details of how it intends to work with interested communities to site a geological disposal facility (GDF)....

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Explosion in Philippines gold mine kills four 25 July 2014

An explosion in a gold mine shaft in southern Philippines killed four miners, according to Xinhua. The mine is located in Pamintaran in Mindanao's Compostela Valley province, which is around 1,000km south-east of Manila. Around 50,000 people who reside in the mineral-rich Compostela Valley are dependent on small-scale illegal mining. ...

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Company fined over Borders factory explosion 22 July 2014

On July 22 a Carlisle-based company was fined £10,500 at Dumfries Sheriff Court over health and safety breaches after an explosion at a figurine-making factory in Langholm in the Scottish Borders.The company, Enesco, admitted failing to make sufficient assessment of the risks to staff at the Borders Fine Arts site. ...

Features

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Debunking the myths of Ex product approvals in North America

North America is one of the largest and most lucrative markets for equipment used in explosive atmospheres. Therefore, it is vitally important to have a full and clear understanding of the regulations governing the North American product approval process and the various options available to manufacturers and exporters of Ex equipment. For instance, did you know that UL certification is NOT mandatory in the USA; and CSA certification is NOT required in Canada?  ...

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What you need to know about REACH Authorisation - A guidance note for SMEs

REACH, which stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals, is a substantial piece of legislation controlling chemicals within the EU. It aims to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks of chemicals. REACH applies to chemical substances on their own, in mixtures and in articles (objects). As such, REACH has the potential to impact all UK business sectors....

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Problems at US pilot facility highlight challenges facing underground nuclear waste disposal

A serious accident in February 2014 at the United States’ only deep storage repository for nuclear waste has still to be satisfactorily explained. Five months later, scientists still do not know what caused the explosion of a barrel of nuclear waste at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in Carlsbad, New Mexico....

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