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Hazardex 2020 Conference & Exhibition review 21 May 2020

The Hazardex 2020 Exhibition, Conference and Awards – co-located with PPTex – took place on February 26 and 27 at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, the elegant North Yorkshire spa town in north-east England. The Hazardex team would like to thank all attendees for making this year’s event one of the best ever and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to Harrogate in 2021....

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Hazardex & PPTex 2020 Awards for Excellence 19 May 2020

The Hazardex & PPTex 2020 Awards for Excellence took place during a well-attended Gala Dinner on February 26 following a fantastic first day of the Hazardex 2020 Conference & Exhibition....

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Problem solving for ammonia solutions 19 May 2020

An EU Directive covering the carriage of dangerous goods created a significant UK problem for the supply of ammonia solution. Temporary fixes will come to an end in February 2022. Chief Executive, Peter Newport, explains how the Chemical Business Association (CBA) and its member companies tackled the issue....

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The role of poor shift handover in oil and gas incidents 14 May 2020

In the oil and gas industry, hazards are inevitable and if they are not identified properly, they may lead to incidents. When it comes to continuous processes, engineers are required to be available 24/7 to carry out operations or maintenance. Workers are therefore frequently rotated on a routine basis within a cycle of shifts and conduct a handover between teams at the end of each shift....

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Improving safety and efficiency in the ever-evolving STS transfer sector 20 April 2020

Ship-to-ship (STS) transfer is becoming increasingly popular throughout the shipping industry, opening up new trade routes and making new and more efficient logistics processes possible....

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Using position transmitters on automated valves for enhanced efficiency and safety 17 April 2020

Over the past 30 years, globalisation, pressures on costs and the desire for greater efficiencies have led to a significant reduction in manpower and an explosion in the automation of processes. Increased automation has allowed plants to operate more efficiently and, importantly, more safely....

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Updating flame detection and releasing systems 15 April 2020

Energetic materials are defined as those with a high amount of stored chemical energy that can be released. Materials classes included are explosives, pyrotechnic compositions and propellants....

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Non-electrical equipment and own potential source of ignition 14 April 2020

As a process, safety and equipment consultant I have been involved in several projects where a client (the end-user) has integrated a number of items of powder handling equipment to form an assembly. These assemblies have included electrical equipment and non-electrical equipment....

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HSE UK offshore safety report for 2018 05 March 2020

The Offshore Statistics & Regulatory Activity Report for 2018 from the UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has shown that most safety trends in offshore oil & gas and wind operations have continued to improve. 2018 was the second consecutive year without a fatality and the longer-term rolling reportable non-fatal injury rate continues to fall on the UK Continental Shelf....

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Key lessons from incidents during start-up operations 05 March 2020

Start-ups are non-routine, transient and sometimes quite cumbersome operations; these periods require intense activity and attention from the operators. In this Safety Lore written by the IChemE Safety Centre (ISC), key learning points from two start-up incidents are discussed and suggestions are made using the ISC framework to highlight what can be done to achieve good process safety outcomes....

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