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  • HSE updates chemicals webpage to cover “no-deal” Brexit eventualities

    19 November 2018

    The UK Health and Safety Executive says it has updated its webpage providing chemicals guidance in relation to Brexit to cover the possibility of the UK leaving the European Union without a deal with the other 27 members. HSE says it is committed to providing the most up-to-date information and assisting businesses to prepare for any outcome in the Brexit negotiations....

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  • Explosion at Idaho hazardous waste processing plant kills one, injures three

    19 November 2018

    One worker is dead and three others have been hospitalised after an explosion inside a building at the US Ecology site near Grand View, Idaho. The fatality was working as an equipment operator moving materials at the time of the accident and fifteen staff were on site at the time. Idaho State Police said the building where the explosion happened is used to process powdered magnesium products....

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  • Forty-two killed in Zimbabwe bus explosion and fire

    19 November 2018

    A gas cylinder in the luggage compartment is thought to be the source of a deadly fire which engulfed a bus travelling from Zvishavane in Zimbabwe to the South African border town of Musina on November 16. This is the second bus disaster inside two weeks after two buses collided on November 7, killing 47 people....

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  • Pacific Gas & Electric stock price falls ahead of lawsuits by California fire victims

    15 November 2018

    The admission by California’s biggest power company that it may be to blame for at least one of the deadly fires ravaging the state sent company stock prices crashing by more than 20% compared to its pre-fire level. PG&E told the US Securities and Exchange Commission on November 13 that its equipment may have sparked the Camp Fire in Northern California, the worst fire in the state’s history in terms of fatalities....

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  • Australia power plant arc flash kills worker

    15 November 2018

    A worker died after suffering significant burns to most of his body in an explosion at a major power plant in Victoria, Australia. Initial reports indicate the Yallourn Power Station employee was working on a generator unit after an outage when a high-voltage circuit breaker exploded and the man suffered serious injuries as a result, including widespread burns to his upper and lower body....

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Three killed in Spanish firework factory explosion 15 November 2018

An explosion at a fireworks in Guadix near the southern Spanish city of Granada killed three of the six workers in the factory at the time. The other three were treated for smoke inhalation but were otherwise uninjured. The specific cause of the blast is not yet known, local authorities said....

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Hazardex & PPTex 2019 - Conference speakers and presentations 15 November 2018

The majority of speakers 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. The full final programme will follow shortly....

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Montana trucking company owner jailed for his part in 2012 oil plant explosion 14 November 2018

A Montana trucking company owner has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison after being convicted of criminal charges stemming from an explosion at an oil processing plant. A US District court also ordered Donald Wood of Woody's Trucking to pay $1.3 million in penalties and restitution after three workers were seriously injured in the 2012 explosion at Custom Carbon Processing Inc. near the town of Wibaux....

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Canadian railway researching concept of bitumen bricks as safer alternative for oil transport 13 November 2018

Canadian National Railway (CN) recently filed a patent for a new technology that could help make oil transportation by rail safer. The process involves mixing and wrapping bitumen, one of the products extracted from Canada’s oilsands, with a layer of polymer, transforming the heavy crude into solid bricks that are easy to transport and will not leak or sink in water....

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Two killed in Utah potash plant incident 12 November 2018

Two men were electrocuted on November 10 and a third man was critically injured in an industrial accident in Utah. The three men were working at the Intrepid potash plant south of Moab in San Juan County when the industrial equipment they were operating touched a power line, the local sheriff's office reported....

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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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