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HazardEx comes to Rotterdam 25/03/15

20 March 2015

In June 2014, an explosion at the Shell chemical plant at Moerdijk in the southern Netherlands caused minor injuries to two staff and was heard 30km away, while the subsequent fire took more than 24 hours to extinguish. This was the second such incident in the locality in three years. In 2011, a blaze at the Chemie-Pack plant in Moerdijk produced a toxic cloud that spread over 20km.



RUSSELL.GOATER@IMLGROUP.CO.UK or call +44 (0) 1732 359990

Despite ever-tightening regulations governing plant safety, explosions and fires continue to occur, threatening process plant production and in the worst cases, personnel.

This is where Hazardex regional conferences can be of assistance. Their underlying philosophy is to bring the latest safety-related information to hazardous area specialists, operations engineers and HSE managers in all the process industries, from food & beverage to pharma, and from petrochemicals to oil & gas production.

Their principal USP is affordability. These one-day conferences are run concurrently with small exhibitions that highlight the latest in hazardous area products and services, which helps defray overall delegate costs.

The Hazardex Conference and Exhibition in Rotterdam on 25 March is a major opportunity for all those interested in plant safety in the Benelux countries, Germany and France to participate.

Papers will include:

* 'Improving safety culture at high-risk companies'
Sjoerd Post of the DCMR Environmental Protection Agency gives details of the agency’s safety culture pilot last year in which it investigated the efforts made by high-risk companies in the Rijnmond/Port of Rotterdam area to improve their safety culture. This is a heavily industrialised area with refineries, waste incinerators, chemical plants, metallurgy, food-processing plants and many smaller companies, and DCMR believes all high-risk companies should have a programme to improve safety culture at their sites.

* 'The internal auditing of process safety'
Lee Alford, Operations Manager at the European Process Safety Centre (EPSC), explores the various viewpoints towards audits, from audit programme managers via audit team leaders and team members to those being audited within multinational environments. Themes explored include the motives and triggers for process safety audits and the barriers to successful auditing. Business practices relating to pre-audit, onsite audit and post- audit activities will also be examined. 

'Why is it so difficult to learn from someone else’s mistakes?'
Functional Safety Expert Tino Vande Capelle asks why the human being remains the weakest link in the safety chain, and discusses improvements brought about through the adoption of 61508 (SIL capability of components) and related standards.

'The basic principles of IECEx03 and IECEx05.'
Marco Erdhuizen of DEKRA looks at IECEx 03, since 2007 the operational certification Scheme for Ex-repair facilities, and the increasing relevance and importance of  IECEx 05 for contractors needing access to Hazardous Areas. IECEx 05 will be explained in detail showing the 10 modules, its structure and links with IECEx 03.

'New approaches on explosion venting'
Dr.-Ing. Johannes Lottermann of Tru Valves looks at explosion venting, one of the most common mitigation measures over the last few decades, and focuses on some new elements. Changes in the processes themselves include higher temperatures but also hygienic design and functional safety requirements that have led explosion safety engineers to revisit this, the  “oldest” protection principle.

'The Impact of the New Standard for Electrical Installations in Hazardous Areas'
Karel Neleman, IEC TC31 Maintenance Team Member , scrutinises IEC 60079-14, adopted as the European standard for electrical installations, and looks at changes in emphasis between the different editions of this standard and the impact on installers.

Further papers may be announced over the next few weeks.

Event Sponsors:
DEKRA Certification B.V.,
Imbema Holland B.V., 
Tru Valves.

Other exhibitors:
Bartec NL
PEI Genesis
TechNed B.V.
Tippkemper Matrix

The HazardEx conference in Rotterdam will be useful for all staff interested in successful and safe plant operations.

For further information contact Russell Goater on +44 (0)1732 359990 or email

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