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  • Understanding functional safety and related standards

    21 March 2017

    How well do you understand the term functional safety? Could you describe why there are international standards that specifically deal with functional safety, which parts of these standards apply to engineering or management activities and what measures are required to ensure compliance? Here, Peter Stabler of BPE answers these questions and gives an overview of functional safety and related standards....

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  • Making the choice – Which Safety Control Standard?

    15 March 2017

    In this article, Stewart Robinson of TÜV SÜD Product Service looks at the two different standards for safety related controls, EN 62061 and EN ISO 13849-1 and advises on which should be applied in a particular application....

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  • European oil pipelines increasingly impacted by product theft

    16 December 2016

    Concawe, the European pipeline safety and environmental monitoring organisation, has collected 44 years of spillage data on European cross-country oil pipelines. This article, based on selected sections of Concawe Report 7/16 - 'Statistical Summary of Reported Spillages in 2014', covers the performance of these pipelines in 2014, the last year for which statistics are available, and a full historical perspective since 1971. ...

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  • The energy and decommissioning sectors and their supply chain

    15 December 2016

    As demands for energy to supply an increasingly energy-intensive lifestyle have grown over the last two centuries, securing a safe, reliable energy supply has become one of the most important jobs governments are responsible for around the world. Here, Austen Adams of Avingtrans urges politicians to agree on a clear, long-term Energy policy to support the supply chain as the energy sector transforms and decommissioning becomes increasingly important....

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  • Ageing plant and asset management in the oil and gas sector

    14 December 2016

    Reducing costs carries with it serious safety risks for the oil and gas sector, as even the most apparently insignificant shortcut on essential procedures can result in a serious disaster, as has been seen on numerous occasions. In this article, Simon Rooks of Tyco says safety control is one area of asset management where operators simply cannot afford to scale back....

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Understanding gas sensor lifespan 29 November 2016

In this article, gas detection expert Andy Avenell of Crowcon outlines the factors which affect the operating lifespan of electrochemical and pellistor toxic and oxygen gas sensors. An explanation is given on how these sensors work, their normal life expectancy followed by a review of factors that can reduce operational life. Suggestions are also given to help predict sensor life and plan for replacement....

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How integrated communications can improve asset management and drive business growth 29 November 2016

Klaus Allion of ANT Telecom says intelligent, ambient telecommunications could transform high hazard organisations. But to get there, everyone from the boardroom to the factory floor must immerse themselves in an organisation-wide communications strategy....

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How marginal gains can reap huge savings in the long run 28 November 2016

Although the downturn of the oil and gas industry is likely to have lasting effects, not all of these are necessarily negative. Fraser Graham of Arnlea Systems says there are now real opportunities for companies which invest not just in big ticket items but also scrutinise everyday operations and go after marginal gains....

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Fire and gas safety systems: Conquering the complexities of functional safety products and systems certifications 25 November 2016

Owners and operators of hazardous processes need their fire and gas safety systems to function at the highest safety levels. In this article, Jon D. Miller and Mark A. Gaalswyk of Det-Tronics Inc. look at ways to ensure this performance is assured....

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Barrier Management in the process industries 21 November 2016

The process industries operate with inventories of materials which are often large as well as flammable or toxic; furthermore operation at high temperature and pressure is common. ABB consultant John Martin highlights the importance of identifying how hazards may lead to harm and ensuring barriers are in place to prevent realisation of the hazard and mitigate the consequences....

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