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  • Good news from the UK oil & gas sector

    21 December 2018

    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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  • The opportunity for wearable technology in PPE

    26 October 2018

    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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  • UK fracking back on track

    25 October 2018

    With hydraulic fracturing (fracking) back on track in the UK after a seven year hiatus, there may well now be a light at the end of the tunnel for developers of the country’s onshore gas resources. Recent seismic events near fracking sites in Lancashire should not cause undue alarm - as long as they remain minor. ...

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  • The Cinderella of the renewable energy sector

    09 August 2018

    Just a few weeks after the UK government rejected plans for a £1.3bn tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay, the French leader in tidal power, Naval Energies, also announced it was pulling out of the sector. The company was one of the few to have developed tidal turbine energy technology to the industrial launch stage. On 24 July, the company deployed a new 2MW tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy in Canada. ...

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  • Explosion science organisations

    02 July 2018

    There are a number of organisations worldwide dedicated to furthering the understanding of explosion science: those below, UKELG and FABIG, are two of the most prominent based in the UK. If you would like to bring any others to the attention of a wider audience, please send details to:

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Where openness can save lives 29 June 2018

Earlier this year, a worker dragging his foot along a factory floor sparked an explosion at a Texas chemical plant that killed one and injured another two. Fears of further explosions and toxic chemical fumes prevented fire crews from battling the ensuing blaze and a large part of the Tri-Chem Industries plant in Cresson, about 80 kilometers southwest of Dallas, burned to the ground....

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CSB: The Last Chance Saloon 15 June 2018

At the PS Congres process safety conference in Dordrecht, The Netherlands, in late May, US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) chairwoman Vanessa Sutherland confirmed to Hazardex that she had resigned her position at the agency. ...

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UK industry faces engineering workforce shortfall 02 February 2018

A report into the UK engineering labour market published by the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board (ECITB) reveals the challenges facing the industry’s workforce now and in the future, including the likely retirement of one in five UK engineers by 2026....

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Canada and UK push for coal phase-out against opposition from USA and Germany 08 December 2017

Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and her UK counterpart, Claire Perry, launched an international alliance to phase out coal-fired electricity at the Bonn UN climate summit in mid-November, signalling a sharp contrast with US President Donald Trump's promotion of coal as a key global energy source and Germany's continued reliance on the fuel source for electricity generation....

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Honesty about potential high hazard plant risk may be wiser than dissimulation 05 October 2017

The aftermath of Hurricane Harvey highlights some of the problems facing high hazard industry regulation in Texas and the USA. Arkema, which owns the plant on the outskirts of Houston where a number of explosions and fires broke out after flooding caused by the hurricane, is now at the centre of a legal maelstrom centred on the company's refusal to give details of the hazardous chemicals it held on site....

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