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A new start 29 January 2020

This is my first article for Hazardex since I left my role as the IECEx Chairman at the end of 2019. According to our rules, after two terms of three years, the chairmanship of the IECEx System must be handed over to a new person. In my case, I handed the position onto Paul Meanwell, a manufacturer’s representative from South Africa....

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Some thoughts on standard writing at the international level 07 January 2020

This year, our standards committee, IEC TC31 was not invited to meet along with the IEC General Meeting in Shanghai. Because we are one of the larger committees, always trying to find room for a number of parallel meetings for a fortnight, some hosts just find it too difficult....

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IECEx annual meeting 2019 18 December 2019

At the end of September, the annual IECEx management meeting took place in Dubai, UAE. For me personally, it is always a pleasure to be in this breathtaking city....

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Goodbye and thank you! 17 December 2019

The January edition is my last Hazardex edition as Editor – I retire at the end of 2019 after eight happy and productive years with the publication....

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Earth tremor risk halts UK fracking plans 14 November 2019

On November 2, the UK government imposed an indefinite suspension on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations due to fears about earth tremor risk. The government announced the suspension after a report by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) said it was impossible to predict the probability or size of tremors caused by shale gas extraction....

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Second Extension of FS Engineer (TÜV Rheinland) Certificate 01 October 2019

For more than 15 years, the TÜV Rheinland FS Training Program has delivered a compliant independent verification of FS competency for engineers acc. to the relevant standards IEC 61508, IEC 61511, ISO 13849, IEC 62061, ISO 26262 and others....

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Saudi Arabia - An object lesson in the importance of guarding against low-tech threats 19 September 2019

The drone attacks on Saudi Aramco’s oil and gas facilities and key infrastructure will have significant ripple effects in the global energy and petrochemical markets, as well as the global economy, as oil prices rise and natural gas production is disrupted. The strikes on 14 September hit the Khurais oilfield and Abqaiq, the world’s largest crude oil and natural gas processing site....

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Taking the EU cyber security Directive seriously 19 July 2019

The EU’s NIS Directive (Directive on security of network and information systems) is the first piece of EU-wide cyber security legislation. It aims to achieve a high common level of network and information system security across the EU’s critical infrastructure. The Directive was enacted into UK law on 10 May 2018, and fines of up to £17 million can be levied on companies found to be in contravention....

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Russian oil and gas – worth the risk? 23 May 2019

According to the news agency reports in late April, pipelines in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Poland are estimated to contain five million tonnes of contaminated Russian oil. Pipeline operator Transneft said the oil in the Druzhba pipeline network from Russia to customers in Europe was contaminated at a private terminal at Samara in southern central Russia....

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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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