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Safety Culture - Pull your SOPS up 25 September 2017

From huge blue chip petrochemical and pharmaceutical groups to smaller distribution and blending companies, all will have standard operating procedures (SOPs). Unfortunately, they are all too often flawed in format, content and style, says Russell Page of HFL Consulting...

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Gas Mapping – is it worth it? 06 September 2017

On premises where flammable or toxic gases are stored or used, suitable and sufficient gas detection is required. The goal of this article, by Randall Williams of Proeon Systems, is to outline the importance of a gas detection survey to demonstrate that the responsible persons within companies have done all that is reasonably practicable to protect any operatives from risk...

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The consideration of conductivity in flammable and potentially explosive atmospheres 01 September 2017

This article by Amy Rigby, Technical Service Manager at Innospec, looks at the challenges associated with electrostatic build-up in liquids and at potential measures to reduce the risk of spark discharge....

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EMC regulatory compliance does not ensure functional safety 28 August 2017

One of the biggest problems faced by all electrical and electronic equipment is that of electromagnetic interference (EMI), and until recently there have been no clear guidelines for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) as regards functional safety. Here, Keith Armstrong, EMC specialist at EMC Standards, looks at how engineers can ensure that EMI will not cause excessive functional safety risks....

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UK Process Safety Forum - Sharing experience across high hazard sectors 21 August 2017

Sharing lessons from incidents and near-misses has always been challenging.  We live and work in an increasingly litigious society, one where caution can mean giving away as little as possible.  Sharing information can be stifled by different legal situations, for example where there may be a pending criminal prosecution.  Despite this, organisations have much to gain from sharing safety information with others....

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Optimising offshore combined operations manning 18 August 2017

The pressures faced by operators to maintain and enhance oil and gas producing installations can require significant scopes of work to be carried out.  Limited bed space often requires mobile accommodation units such as flotels or mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs) to accommodate additional workers.  In this article, Paul Murray of DNV GL Risk Advisory takes a look at the issues raised....

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Australian offshore regulator reports no fatalities or major injuries in 2016 16 August 2017

The Australian National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) report for 2016 confirms that last year was the first since the establishment of a national safety regulator in 2005 that no fatalities or major injuries were reported. NOPSEMA CEO Stuart Smith said the improvement in many safety indicators had been achieved against a challenging background of falling oil and gas prices....

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Why tackling PSM silos is vital to sustaining safe performance 14 August 2017

An ABB research project has found the silo factor is the main cause of the uncoordinated and disjointed approach to Process Safety Management (PSM) in high hazard industries. In this paper, Conrad Ellison and Graeme Ellis of ABB present the common PSM weaknesses that have been identified, discuss their underlying causes and present some ideas on how to eradicate the factors that can lead to silo thinking. ...

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Neglecting functional safety can have serious consequences in food and beverage processing plants 03 July 2017

In 2014, in the UK, a large food manufacturer had to pay an £800,000 fine after a serious industrial accident. An engineer was trapped by the machinery while examining a conveyor belt and suffered major injury and ongoing nerve damage. Accidents such as this are widely reported, but many people are unaware of the number of hazardous areas found in food and beverage processing plants....

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Dairy industry fires and explosions: prevention, protection and mitigation 30 June 2017

There are more fires than explosions in milk dryers. Traditionally, these units produced a basic whole milk or skim milk powder, although customised formula and ingredients are now more common. The milk powder was prone to sticking to the walls of the chamber, while stalactites on the vortex of cyclones and nozzle build-up was not uncommon. Cleaning was not as thorough then, when only producing single products, especially in cyclones.  ...

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