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Time to act on optical radiation from LED luminaires 20 June 2018

As LED technology improves year after year with more power output, the risks for hazardous areas continue to escalate. Standards and test protocols are only now just catching up, but it will take extra actions to close the gap, says Tarmo Rintala of Atexor Oy....

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EDF Energy Nuclear Generation: a decade of transformation 15 June 2018

Over the last decade, the safety and operational performance of EDF Energy's UK nuclear plants has been transformed. After years of sustained improvement, combined safety and operational results now represent the best overall performance in the past 40 years and are, in many instances, world leading. ...

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If you’re handling flammable materials, think electrostatic risks 12 June 2018

Electrostatics consultant Dr Jeremy Smallwood outlines basic precautions and tells some cautionary tales....

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A guide to cost effective Hazardous Area Test and Inspection 06 June 2018

Anyone responsible for statutory compliance in hazardous areas will have views on the best ways in which this should be done, but it can be a daunting prospect to try and understand the requirements. In this article, Graham Doggett of Z-Tech offers an insight into how an inspection schedule can be managed to comply with BS60079 legislation, while at the same time using an approach to minimise expenditure....

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Better Investigations – getting value from investigation methods and process 31 May 2018

In this article, two very experienced ex-regulatory investigators working for the BP group give a practical view of investigation as a process and an activity, rooted in a largely non-methodological approach. BP International Human Factors Advisor (Downstream) Simon Monnington and Independent Human Factors Consultant John Wilkinson here build on an earlier joint paper (Ref. 1) and update the ongoing case study, presented at the Hazardex 2017 Conference.

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The 2017 Survey: Process Safety and Risk Management 16 May 2018

The 2017 edition of Petrotechnics’ process safety and risk management (PSM) survey of senior leaders in the fields of process safety, asset integrity, and operational risk management in the hydrocarbon industry produced some interesting and occasionally startling insights into the state of operational risk and safety management. ...

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FTIR Gas Analysis 20 April 2018

FTIR (Fourier Transform InfraRed) spectroscopy is the most popular analytical technology for industrial applications requiring the continuous measurement of multiple parameters simultaneously. This article, by Nenne Nordström of Gasmet Technologies, looks at the advantages and uses of FTIR technology in these different applications. ...

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Benzene - where detection is better than cure 16 April 2018

Steve Billingham, CEO of Duvas Technologies, discusses the latest developments in air quality monitoring equipment and explores how UV spectroscopy innovation is helping to improve occupational health for workers operating across the petro-chemical industry....

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Greater emphasis on reducing dangerous undetected failures helps to improve plant safety 22 March 2018

There is a growing opinion that dangerous undetected (DU) failure rates are more relevant than safe failure fraction as a basis for selecting a safety-critical level instrument. Tim Hill, Technical Director at Emerson Automation Solutions, explains how the advanced diagnostics capability of the latest vibrating fork level switches enables them to help improve plant safety by reducing the number of DU failures....

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Why it pays to focus on functional safety management 13 March 2018

Quite apart from any moral considerations, skimping on lifecycle safety requirements can be an expensive mistake, say John Walkington of ABB. The right functional safety product and management systems focus can deliver long-term security and a lower life-time cost.  ...

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