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  • A new, hazard-based approach to product safety standards

    21 December 2018

    Clare Gittens of TÜV SÜD Product Service looks at EN 62368-1, which sees us move from a prescriptive and objective method of proving compliance to a more subjective approach, which relies on engineering expertise to identify potential hazards....

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  • Raising the standard in safety culture: ISO 45001

    26 October 2018

    Health and safety is not just the responsibility of a management team or department. Sharing that responsibility amongst all employees is the first step in influencing organisational culture. Workers must actively participate in the development and ongoing management of health and safety systems. In this article, Mike Wood of Acclaim looks at how to change the safety culture within an organisation, with specific reference to ISO 45001....

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  • Safety Culture, Climate and Performance Improvement

    22 October 2018

    Research over many years has shown that most safety incidents and accidents are linked to human behaviour in the workplace. In this article, Dr Kevin Fitzgerald of Lloyd’s Register Energy says that in order to impact safety at the front-line, we need to work at all levels – top to bottom –  within our organisations to establish the appropriate values and behaviours that will support safe working....

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  • Staying safe when working at height in challenging environments

    19 October 2018

    [lead]The latest Health and Safety Executive (HSE) statistics are promising. Fatal injuries to workers continue to decrease and the UK consistently has one of the lowest standardised rates of fatal injury across the EU, lower than other large economies and the EU average. That being said, the HSE still reported 137 fatal injuries to workers in 2016/17 and falls from height clearly remain the most common cause....

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  • What are the health and safety risks of wearable robotics in the workplace?

    08 October 2018

    Machines have been helping to make business processes more efficient since the Industrial Revolution, and there is an increasing number of robots entering a growing number of workplaces today. Thanks to advancements in technology, these include wearable robotics, which are worn by human workers to make carrying out certain tasks easier and safer. ...

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Enabling Industry 4.0 through connected safety 05 October 2018

Safety may not be the first application that springs to mind when the fourth industrial revolution is discussed. However, as it continues to transform workplaces across the industries, the way safety is managed is also changing, with even ‘low-tech’ personal protective equipment (PPE) becoming more intelligent. ...

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Applying risk and consequence modelling knowledge from the oil and gas industry to urban energy projects 19 August 2018

This year's 30th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster offers a timely opportunity to look back at the significant developments in risk and consequence software modelling, says David Price of Gexcon UK. The Public Inquiry into the accident, which claimed 167 lives, triggered increased attention in the assessment of risk from gas leaks and subsequent ignition leading to jet fire and explosion modelling....

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How to speed up retrospective HAZOPs whilst achieving effective risk reduction 15 August 2018

This article by Graeme Ellis of ABB describes an approach for retrospective hazard reviews on existing facilities that combines Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) Studies  and Process Hazard Review (PHR) in a flexible and efficient manner, optimising the time required for busy operations-based teams....

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Establishing reliable data communications within mining environments 24 July 2018

Whether recovering metals, coal or gemstones, an extremely competitive market demands that mining operations be as efficient as possible. In this article, Bo Jansson of Westermo looks at the critical role data communications play in mining operations and the absolute necessity of network reliability in ensuring production resilience and staff safety....

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How to ensure your product complies with the 2014/68/EU Pressure Equipment Directive 23 July 2018

In 2016, the original Pressure Equipment Directive 97/23/EC was replaced by the 2014/68/EU Directive on Pressure Equipment. Here, technical consultant Ferry Vermuelen explains what you need to do as a manufacturer, importer or distributor of pressure equipment to comply with the new directive....

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