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  • Containing dust explosions in pharmaceutical processing

    30 September 2016

    During the handling, storage and processing of pharmaceutical raw materials, the explosion risk of bulk powders is always present. Kevin Spiess of BS&B Safety Systems shares insights into explosion containment using different methods of explosion protection suited to pharmaceutical manufacturing....

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  • Video surveillance in the oil and gas industry

    24 September 2016

    Safety measures across oil and gas facilities and infrastructure must be kept as effective as possible on a constant basis. The reason for this is that the raw materials being processed at these sites are usually highly flammable and explosive. This article, from Videotec of Italy, looks into the best ways of maintaining safety and security at high hazard sites....

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  • How mobile communications can improve efficiencies in hazardous environments

    22 September 2016

    Manufacturers are designing rugged devices that offer optimal performance while withstanding the extreme conditions they operate in, says Getac UK President Chris Bye. This means barriers to adoption are being broken down and organisations are starting to transition from traditional paper-based workflows and manual processing to equipping workers with the devices they need to automate processes, create efficiencies and improve productivity....

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  • Shell Australia’s giant Prelude floating LNG project likely to come on stream in 2017

    20 September 2016

    Royal Dutch Shell is building the world’s largest floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project, which has the potential to transform the way natural gas resources are developed. It is designed to recover resources offshore that would otherwise be too costly or difficult to develop without the need to lay pipelines and build processing plants on land. In this article, Hazardex takes a look at the latest developments in this ground-breaking project....

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  • Safety storage cabinets overview

    13 September 2016

    The European Standard BS EN 14470-1 was implemented in April 2004 and has since been published as a national standard in many European countries including the Netherlands, France, Spain, UK, Italy. In this article, Greg Smith of Labtex looks at some of the regulations governing storage cabinets and provides a general safety overview for the storage of hazardous products in laboratories and other facilities....

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Separating the good from the bad: prioritise your storage tank maintenance 12 September 2016

Risk-based inspection systems and advanced non-destructive testing methods are helping storage tank owners comply with ever-increasing stringent regulations, as well as reducing maintenance costs, says Tim Bradshaw, General Manager UK Operations, MISTRAS Group....

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When ‘good faith’ isn’t good enough in the offshore wind sector, 08 September 2016

Randall Williams of Proeon Systems, active in the European offshore wind industry, explains why due diligence for fire safety requires more than good intentions. ...

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Meeting the growing challenges of asset integrity management 23 August 2016

The upstream oil and gas industry is cyclically faced with low oil prices and high operating costs. These factors can become even more of a concern when combined with the growing challenge of ageing assets and increasingly complex infrastructure....

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Safety Intelligence and Chronic Unease 20 July 2016

What makes a good manager for industrial safety? Psychologists who study hazard management have long been interested in this question. In this article for Hazardex, Rhona Flin, Emeritus Professor of Applied Psychology at the University of Aberdeen, examines some new approaches to this perennial puzzle, particularly in relation to senior managers.  ...

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Fire detection strategies based on hazard analysis in Scottish whisky distilleries 15 July 2016

The locating of illicit whisky stills in remote locations was not only to avoid the excise man - safety was a concern even back in the 1800s and is still important now. At risk are not just the building, stills and stock, but also the personnel and environment. In this article, James McNay of Micropack Engineering looks at the fire risks inherent within the distillation process and at the most effective methods for detecting distillery fires....

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