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  • South Korea ammunition plant blast kills three

    18 February 2019

    Inspectors from the regional labor office and the Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency are examining Hanhwa’s Daejeon ammunition facility in central South Korea after an explosion there killed three workers on February 14. The blast took place in a rocket propellant manufacturing facility and inspectors will check safety measures there, according to the Korea Times....

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  • New estimates of Gulf of Mexico oil leak point to possibility that total volume is larger than BP’s Macondo spill

    18 February 2019

    According to Nola.com, a marine scientist has presented new oil release estimates for the Taylor Energy site, a toppled platform that has been leaking oil into the Gulf of Mexico for more than 14 years, whose upper limits are twice as large as previous estimates and could be larger in overall volume than the BP Macondo spill. ...

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  • EPA plans to regulate cancer-causing chemicals found in US drinking water

    18 February 2019

    The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced plans on February 14 to regulate chemicals linked to cancer in humans currently found in drinking water systems. The chemicals -polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) - are present in firefighting foams, which have seeped into groundwater sources that supply an estimated 16 million Americans. ...

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  • Canada train derailment causes oil leak

    18 February 2019

    Canadian National Railway (CN) said in a statement that 37 cars carrying crude oil were derailed early on February 16 near St-Lazare, just east of the Saskatchewan-Manitoba boundary. CN said there was “a partial leak” of crude and it was not known how much oil had spilled....

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  • Dozens to be punished over China explosion that killed 19

    14 February 2019

    Around 60 people are to be punished for their roles in a chemical plant explosion that killed 19 workers and injured 12 in southwest China's Sichuan Province last July, according to a report from the Xinhua news agency. The blast at the Yibin Hengda Technology Co. in Jiang'an County in the city of Yibin on July 12 caused a direct economic loss of 41.4 million yuan (6.1 million US dollars)....

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Explosion at UK logistics facility injures two 14 February 2019

Two people remain in a serious but stable condition in hospital after an explosion in Peterborough, central England. Emergency services, including an air ambulance, were called to the XPO Logistics facility at an industrial estate in Woodston after a blast was reported in the coldstore. An XPO Logistics spokesman confirmed the blast occurred at a site sub-leased to a customer....

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Three seriously injured in explosion at Canadian wood pellet plant 13 February 2019

One man was airlifted to hospital in critical condition following a February 11 explosion at a wood pellet production plant in Entwistle, Alberta. Two others are reported to be in serious condition as a result of the blast at the Pinnacle Renewable Energy plant, and local residents said it rocked buildings nearby. Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) are on scene and investigating....

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Two killed in Russian steel plant accident 13 February 2019

Two workers were trapped in a crane cabin in a deadly blaze following a liquid metal spill at a steel plant in Chelyabinsk, Russia. According to a RT on February 13, the molten metal spilled from a scoop onto the floor of the plant where the mobile crane was operating. An explosion caused by the metal coming into contact with water or ice caused major damage and left the production facility without a roof....

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Hazardex & PPTex 2019 Conference - Exhibition only visitors register for free 13 February 2019

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 are available but ending next week. This HAZLOC event is now CPD certified and recognised to issue certificate points to conference attendees....

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Section of Keystone pipeline closed in Missouri due to oil spill 12 February 2019

TransCanada said its Keystone pipeline, which carries Canadian crude to the US, was likely to be the source of an oil spill in Missouri that prompted the company to shut a segment of the line. This disruption comes as US Gulf Coast refiners increased demand for Alberta oilsands crude as an alternative to Venezuelan heavy crude now subject to US sanctions....

Features

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Best practice for good DSEAR documentation

The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR) 2002 are concerned with protection of personnel against risks from fire, explosion and similar events arising from dangerous substances used or present in the workplace. The Regulations have been in force for a decade and a half, and yet many operating companies are still unsure whether they are fully meeting the requirements for compliance. ...

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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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Good news from the UK oil & gas sector

Amongst all the gloomy news circulating at the butt-end of 2018, I do have some good cheer to bring you. According to the 29th Oil and Gas survey conducted by Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, workforce recruitment is on the rise among oil and gas contractors and 65% of firms expect the level of core staff to increase next year and only 5% expect a fall over the same period. ...

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