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Safety culture and leadership 29 March 2019

After a spike in workplace injuries at a Tesla electric car plant in 2017, Elon Musk issued an email to staff which read as follows: "No words can express how much I care about your safety and well-being. It breaks my heart when someone is injured building cars and trying their best to make Tesla successful. Going forward, I’ve asked that every injury be reported directly to me, without exception… I would like to meet every injured person."...

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Growth implications within the EU of meeting the Paris Agreement targets 06 March 2019

A recent report by Eurofound, the European labour organisation, concludes that meeting the Paris Agreement targets on emissions reduction would be positive for the EU, with investment in renewables and energy efficiency helping to boost economic growth and employment. Hitting the 2C target set out in the Paris Agreement would result in 1.1% additional growth between now and 2030 across EU member states, and a 0.5% increase in employment....

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Brexit and the future 20 February 2019

At the moment, manufacturers and their clients in the European Union (still including the UK) are very confused about the future validity of ATEX certificates issued by UK Notified Bodies. Despite the fact that all big UK Notified Bodies are in very close communication with their European customers and are trying hard to provide acceptable solutions, there is still uncertainty and nobody knows what problems will have to be faced in the coming months and years....

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Harnessing Industry 4.0 technology to improve staff safety 15 February 2019

According to the International Labour Organisation, 151 workers have a work-related accident every 15 seconds. Manufacturers should place greater emphasis on the health and safety of their staff to reduce this figure and can invest in automation to help. Here Jonathan Wilkins, director of industrial automation parts supplier EU Automation, explores some technologies that can improve the safety of workers as Industry 4.0 becomes reality.  ...

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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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