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  • How sonar and gaming technology is helping the decommissioning of Sellafield’s legacy nuclear waste storage ponds

    24 May 2017

    A particularly difficult job at the Sellafield site has just been completed - mapping the magazine transfer bay, one of the most congested legacy areas of the First Generation Magnox Storage Pond. This article, originally published in Sellafield Magazine, looks at the some of the challenges facing the team trying to identify the contents of the pond and the technology used to complete the task and prepare it for emptying and decommissioning....

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  • How to influence decisions around safety

    14 May 2017

    Processes, procedures and hard controls alone cannot provide a complete safety solution.  Even best–in-class processes and systems may not be effective because not everyone interprets and acts on them in the same way. Companies spend millions on behavioural based safety programs, consultants and training, often with little return on investment.  ...

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  • Quantification of valve gas losses using acoustic emission

    09 March 2017

    Originally developed for estimating leakage rates through valves to flare in oil refineries and offshore platforms, acoustic emission technology is also finding use in other process industries such as power generation, nuclear, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, says Tim Bradshaw, General Manager, MISTRAS Group, UK operations. ...

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  • The risks of ignition from workplace transport and plant equipment

    24 February 2017

    A lift truck, crane or other workplace transport will have multiple sources of ignition, whether from heat, static or arcing and sparking components. Rob Vesty of Pyroban looks at the latest standard EN1755:2015 and explains how the most complex mobile equipment can be converted to achieve ATEX compliance in Zone 2 areas....

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  • Vehicles for hazardous areas

    14 December 2016

    With the proliferation of electric vehicles, one area that is seeing particular expansion is that of explosion-proof vehicles are aimed at market segments dealing with potentially hazardous environments such as the chemical and petrochemical industries, oil and gas production sites. In this article, Lamberto Salvan of Italian transport specialist Alkè Electric Vehicles gives an overview of this crucial area....

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Solar storms could take down electricity grids and cost trillions of dollars - report 20 October 2016

The University of Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies (CCRS) has released a report, the Helios Solar Storm Scenario, exploring the potential impact a massive solar flare could have on the US economy and insurance industry. The report includes three stress test variations gauging different damage distribution and restoration timeframes, forecasting total...

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Norway oil and gas sector risk trend figures show negative developments 16 September 2016

Figures from Petroleum Safety Authority Norway’s Petroleum Activity Risk Trends (RNNP) 2015 report show a negative shift in several areas. The PSA’s annual survey by the Petroleum Safety of the risk scenario in the oil and gas sector shows that a number of indicators are moving in the wrong direction. This stands in stark contrast to the industry's stated focus on HSE, the PSA says, and is a cause for concern....

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Drone operations in hazardous areas 15 July 2016

A recent report by consultancy group PwC estimates that the use of drones could lead to disruption in $125bn worth of traditional industries. Drones are expected to replace those humans who have previously climbed ladders or dangled from ropes to assess everything from industrial inspection to insurance assessment. Now, a French company is offering ATEX-certified drones for use in potentially explosive environments....

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Spaced repetition and gamification: useful tools in high hazard sector training 14 June 2016

When it comes to ensuring the health and safety of employees of companies operating within high hazard industries, the most critical component has to be competency. This has been demonstrated many times in industrial incidents such as Buncefield, Texas City, and Deepwater Horizon, where the responsibility was ultimately ascribed to human error. In this article, Jon Davies of Wranx looks at how the latest findings in cognitive science can help companies im...

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The advantages of RFID technology in hazardous areas 27 May 2016

Emerging from a period of high growth and rapid expansion into an era of oversupply, the oil and gas industry must be innovative and reduce costs by implementing new technological advances. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is one of these, says René Larsen of SafeEx, and use of this technology can improve performance and control costs....

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