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Hazardex 2018 Conference programme now available - Take advantage of the time limited early bird or 2for1 delegate offers

14 December 2017

The Hazardex 2018 Conference will take place at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK, on February 28 and March 1. In addition to the expected hazardous area operational safety content, the focus for this edition will be Cybersecurity, IIoT and Industry 4.0, with a keynote from senior HSE and National Cybersecurity Centre figures. Other areas covered include Incident & Risk Management, Functional Safety and Certification & Regulation.

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HAZARDEX 2018 CONFERENCE & SEMINAR PROGRAMME


Day 1 – 9.30 – 13.00 - Conference room - Cybersecurity, IIOT & Industry 4.0 
Chairman: Lee Allford, Energy Institute
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1. Keynote - Cybersecurity: Is the UK prepared to address the risks?
Sarabjit Purewal - Acting Head of Operations, Health & Safety Executive, & Tony B - ICS Tech Lead, National Cyber Security Centre

The keynote will cover the work that central Government is doing, including setting up to the National Cybersecurity Centre, its remit, what the landscape looks like and what we know about the energy and chemical industries sectors.
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2. Digitalisation changes everything
Ian Curtis - Process Safety Systems Consultant, Siemens

Now digitalisation is being described as bringing about the next big industrial revolution (or Industry 4.0 as it is sometimes called) promising a quantum leap in terms of benefits to productivity, flexibility, quality.... but what of safety? Surely digitalisation offers the scope for improvement in process safety?
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3. Safety & Security: The last line of defence is restored
Dr Alexander Horch - Head of Development, HIMA

Safety-oriented systems are the last line of defence in a production facility. The implementation of effective cyber-security measures is particularly important. A crucial point is the minimisation of human intervention, since humans are the most frequent cause of cyber risks.
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4. Toward an IoT Platform for Hazardous Locations
Thomas P. Ventulett - CEO, & Leigh Villegas - Marketing Director, Aegex Technologies

Examining the collaboration of humans and edge technologies in disaster scenarios for insight into Industrial IoT for extreme operations.
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Day 1 – 14.00 – 16.10 - Conference room – Incident & Risk Management 
Chairman: Lee Allford, Energy Institute
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5. Lessons learned from major accidents in different industrial sectors
Zsuzsanna Gyenes – Deputy Director, IChemE Safety Centre (ISC)

The paper studies accidents chosen from different industrial sectors and different topics, such as, incidents involving fertilizers, contract worker related cases, ageing of establishments or emergency response. These cases seem diverse but in reality, the lessons depicted show similarity and these findings demonstrate that learning from other industries or topics is indeed possible.
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6. When the lights go out
Roger Stokes – Principal Engineer, BakerRisk

The  increasing  reliance  on  automated  systems  for  control,  emergency  shutdown  and  mitigation  means  that  power  supplies  and  back-up  systems  must  be  much  more  reliable  than  in  the  past. Planning  for  power  outage  requires  a  thorough  assessment  of  the  scenarios  that  may  occur,  the  possible consequences and the design and reliability of the measures that are in place.  This presentation reviews some examples of incidents that have occurred to encourage operators to reconsider the potential impact of a sudden loss of power at their facility.
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7. Risk tolerability targets; misconceived, misunderstood and misapplied
 Carolyn Nicholls - Consultant, RAS Ltd

This paper considers the differences between individual risk and societal (group) risk, and how these are often confused and misapplied. Differences between scenario risk and whole site risk, and how these should be considered in different ways depending on the type of risk and the type of study are then discussed.
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Day 1 – 11.30 – 13.00 - Seminar room – Safety Culture 
Chairman: Ron Sinclair, Technical Manager, SGS Baseefa
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8. Safety culture, climate and performance improvement
Dr Kevin Fitzgerald – Risk Management Dept. Manager, Lloyd’s Register Energy

The term ‘safety culture’ has been described as “how people behave when no-one is looking.”
Research over many years has demonstrated that incidents are almost always related to incorrect or inappropriate workforce behaviours, and it is the way that culture drives behaviour that is important to us. The presentation will draw on non-process sector experience (particularly Marine) to help illustrate the generic challenges that need to be managed in complex process safety environments. 
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9. Mental health awareness in a safety critical environment
Jamie Walker - Safety & Projects Director, UKPIA

Individuals who have, or are working with others who have, mental health issues and are engaged in process safety activities pose a risk if they are not managed correctly. The aim of the workshop is to provide a better understanding of possible warning signs and how to deal with sufferers who themselves may not be aware of their issues.
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Day 1 – 14.00 – 16.10 - Seminar room – IIoT & Industry 4.0
Chairman: Ron Sinclair, Technical Manager, SGS Baseefa

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10. The role of third-party testing in securing Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) compliance
Matt Jakuc – Cybersecurity Technical Lead, CSA Group

The major benefits of IIoT are well known – efficiency and reliability gains, coupled with the ability to record big data for remote analysis. Yet, the challenges and opportunities that IIoT brings in the quest for protecting lives requires an equal focus, particularly when you consider how IIoT will be incorporated into a Hazardous Location (explosive atmosphere). Here, there are a number of elements to consider, including continued hazardous location safety compliance, functional safety assurance and cybersecurity protocols.
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11. IoT 4.0 and LoRa for maintenance purposes in hazardous areas
Gido Van Tienhoven - CEO, Ex-Machinery 

This paper focuses on the use of various sensors to monitor the technical state of various types of equipment by means of LoRa Wan technology. LoRa is short for Long Range. It explains how this technology can reduce maintenance costs thanks to preventive maintenance.
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12. Paperless safety lifecycle at the R.STAHL plant & engineering center
Stefan Hack - Business Development Manager, R.STAHL

The Plant & Engineering Center offers a modern application that comes with a holistic approach to optimise periodic inspections and to relieve all people involved. Its three modules – PEC-EX, PEC-FS and PEC SQ – provide paperless inspections for hazardous area equipment, for safety instrumented systems and for all other required inspections concerning operational safety and quality.
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Day 2 – 9.30 – 10.55 - Conference room – Functional Safety & Cybersecurity
Chairman: Lee Allford, Energy Institute
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13.  Functional safety management of installed SIS
Nic Butcher - ECI Specialist Inspector, HSE

The requirements for functional safety management are set out in good practice BS EN 61511 but the lifecycle described is focussed on new SIS which may leave some conspicuous gaps in dutyholders’ understanding of the requirements for their range of existing installed SIS, which might have been implemented to older standard or earlier versions of BS EN 61511.
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14. No safety without security – No security without safety
Tino Vande Capelle, Consultant, TVC, & Steve Smith, Consultant, ONRIX gcv 

This joint presentation by consultants Tino Vande Capelle and Stephen Smith will look at
the history of functional safety and provide a practical approach to cybersecurity in industrial
environments, with a common feature being the human factor as the weakest link.
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Day 2 – 11.30 – 12.55 - Conference room – Certification & Regulation
Chairman: Lee Allford, Energy Institute
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15. Certification of robotics in an Ex environment - ATEX and functional safety requirements
Hassan El Sayed – Functional Safety Business Manager, CSA Group

The ATEX Directive recommends the use of IEC 61508, EN 50495 or any equivalent safety related standard for safety-critical software development. The article also discusses the special protection concept (s) using IEC 60079-33 where safety achieved by functional safety and other protection concepts assessed to EN/IEC/ISO are coupled to deliver a fully certified product for use in hazardous locations.
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16. – Practical effects of recent changes in regulations governing PPE
Ian Crellin - Marketing Manager, British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF)

With the new PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425 coming into force it is vital that both the commercial operators and users of product understand the implications and that there is a consensus of understanding. BSIF’s seminar will take delegates through a step by step process illustrating the actions that must be executed to ensure that products are able to be in compliance.
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Day 2 – 14.00 – 15.25 - Conference room – Practical challenges & solutions
Chairman: Lee Allford, Energy Institute
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17. Addressing the challenges of dust explosion risks in grain storage
Frank Ward – Director & Project Engineer, Hennock International

The storage of agricultural materials in large, predominantly sealed, vessels (silos) presents challenges in terms of the control of the risk of dust explosion and the protection of life, property and structures in the event of an explosion. This presentation will consider the balancing act that the designer must perform to provide light-weight, cost effective design with sufficient strength to withstand the additional pressures whilst controlling the engineering complexity of the roof structure to provide the required venting.
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18. Fire detector mapping – What metrics should we be using?
Tim Jones - Senior Consultant, MMI Engineering

Fire and gas detector mapping using computational methods has become more and more common in hazardous industries in recent times. This paper aims to show the deficiencies in measuring detector coverage based on percentage coverage alone and presents the advantages of alternative methods, such as optimising your system to ensure that no fire above a certain size can go undetected.
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Day 2 – 9.30 – 10.55 - Seminar room – Functional Safety & Safety Systems
Chairman: Ron Sinclair, Technical Manager, SGS Baseefa
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19. Cybersecurity - What should Safety Instrumented System integrators be doing?
Chris Parr - Technical Authority for Functional Safety, Sella Controls

There is increasing momentum in the process industries to address cybersecurity risks associated with Industrial Automation and Control systems (IACS) and the publication of the UK Health and Safety Executive Operational guidance (OG-0086) on the subject matter is likely to see this focus increase.
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20. When safety meets security - Combining the best of both worlds
Rob Turner - Advanced Solutions Consultant, Yokogawa

This presentation explores:
1) The need for a tie between safety and security for industrial control systems, and safety
instrumented systems in particular.
2) The areas of common ground between IEC 61511 (functional safety) and IEC 62443 (industrial
cyber security).
3) How to potentially combine the best of both standards and achieve a control network that is
safely secure, and securely safe.
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Day 2 – 11.30 – 12.55 - Seminar room – Practical Challenges & Solutions
Chairman: Ron Sinclair, Technical Manager, SGS Baseefa
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21. Are luminaires causing hidden risks in Ex Areas because of LEDs?
Tarmo Rintala - Technology Manager, Atexor Oy

The potential risks of high-powered LED luminaires have been known for years. Those risks are growing as LEDs get more and more powerful. It is equally clear that the interpretation of the standards meant to ensure the safety of these luminaires has been anything but consistent. Thanks to Professor Xu Jianping, the issue of optical radiation is properly out in the open. This is huge step, but still only the first step in actually ensuring the safety of high tech lighting systems.
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22. Coldflow in cables – Some practical advice
Geof Mood - Technical Director, CCG Cable Terminations Ltd

The subject of coldflow in cables is poorly understood and this has led to widespread confusion amongst designers, specifiers and installers particularly in the selection of suitable cable glands to use with affected cable in Ex applications. This paper provides some practical guidance about what coldflow really is and shows a simple test method to determine if cables are affected.
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Day 2 – 14.00 – 15.25 - Seminar room – Practical Challenges & Solutions
Chairman: Ron Sinclair, Technical Manager, SGS Baseefa
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23. How to prevent electrostatic charging of processing equipment situated in ATEX atmospheres
Mike O’Brien, Acting Managing Director, Newson Gale
This presentation will: outline why static electricity is an ignition risk in the chemical industry; provide case studies and analysis of incidents resulting from the ignition of flammable atmospheres due to discharges of static electricity; describe what measures electrical equipment specifiers, production managers and QHSE managers can take to eliminate the ignition risks of static electricity; correlate these measures with the guidance stipulated in IEC 60079-32-1 and present novel ways of grounding multiple components at risk of electrostatic charge accumulation.
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24. How to improve performance, reduce risk and achieve sustainable growth in areas with explosive atmospheres
Sarra Cheyne – British Standards Institution (BSI)

Risk management and assessment is necessary across many business processes, not just areas such as health and safety. Guidance and standards can help avoid a potentially explosive scenario. This presentation will show how a business can reassure shareholders, customers and employees that by managing risks it is being effectively managed and confirm its compliance with corporate governance requirements.

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