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  • European downstream safety performance in 2018

    13 November 2019

    Concawe, the European downstream industry organisation, has published personal safety performance results for 2018. This article is based on selected sections of Concawe Report 6/19 – ‘European downstream oil industry safety performance - Statistical summary of reported incidents 2018’ - and provides comparisons with the industry’s safety performance over previous years. ...

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  • Risk of electrostatic ignition during FIBC discharging operations

    12 November 2019

    In this article, James Grimshaw of Newson Gale looks at why the greatest risk posed by static electricity in a flammable or combustible atmosphere is an explosion due to electrostatic discharge....

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  • Play it safe - adhere to the Machinery Directive

    08 November 2019

    The Machinery Directive sets a high and common safety level for a broad classification of equipment in terms of design and use. In this article, Linda Caron, Global Product Manager Factory Automation at Parker Hannifin, discusses what the Machinery Directive entails, how to adhere to it, and what qualifies as a ‘safety component’.  ...

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  • Sound advice for petrochemical plants

    06 November 2019

    Petrochemical and chemical plants have become increasingly complex and the potential for excessive noise remains high. Rob Lomax, Sales Director at Wakefield Acoustics, looks at noise control technologies and the opportunities presented by installation in petrochemical and chemical plants....

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  • The role of software in safety

    05 November 2019

    Personnel Protection Technologies (PPT) are changing the way that both individuals and companies detect risks in hazardous environments. Their prevalence in industry is increasing as companies look to modernise and improve their safety operations. ...

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Wearables & PPE in Industry 4.0 04 November 2019

The fourth industrial revolution is seeing changes in every aspect of manufacturing and resource extraction, including worker safety. While 20th century personal protective equipment (PPE) will continue to be necessary in hazardous environments, the need for personnel to enter those environments is decreasing. ...

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Smart and wearable personal protective equipment - Early product success could pave way for broader adoption 01 November 2019

In recent years, there has been a lot of discussion about connected workers and smart and wearable products being the future of the personal and protective equipment (PPE) industry. This article by Sanjiv Bhaskar of Frost & Sullivan looks at some of the results from the company’s recent research into this sector and highlights possible future trends....

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Hazardex interview: Stephen Marcos Jones, Director General, UK Petroleum Industry Association 30 October 2019

In July 2019, the United Kingdom Petroleum Industry (UKPIA), the UK’s downstream industry association, published its blueprint for a low-carbon future, the Future Vision report. Following publication of the report, Hazardex editor Alan Franck spoke to UKPIA Director-General Stephen Marcos Jones to discover what challenges the industry is facing at this momentous time...

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The dangers of combustible dust in the workplace and how to combat it 30 September 2019

Workplace hazards can be harmful to staff, work equipment and company buildings and assets. To tackle and prevent chemical workspace hazards, such as combustible dust explosions, the employer and supplier directives have been put in place for employers to take on the responsibility of ensuring workplace safety of their staff and protecting them from atmosphere explosives. These directives, known as the ATEX directives, were established by the EU because combus...

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Hazardex 2020 Conference & Exhibition exhibitors list 26 September 2019

Running alongside the original and uniquely-focused Hazardex high hazard industry safety conferences since 2002, this exhibition is the must-attend event for all process industry engineers and safety managers in 2020. Mix with peers and policy makers, see new products, technologies and services, and gain an overview of future trends.The brand new bespoke HAZARDEX EVENT website can be found via this link...

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