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Best practice for good DSEAR documentation 19 February 2019

The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR) 2002 are concerned with protection of personnel against risks from fire, explosion and similar events arising from dangerous substances used or present in the workplace. The Regulations have been in force for a decade and a half, and yet many operating companies are still unsure whether they are fully meeting the requirements for compliance. ...

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Small Modular Reactors and the future of nuclear power 17 February 2019

Thomas Fink, General Manager of the Nuclear Safety Division at SCHOTT Electronic Packaging, looks at the emergence of modular reactors and the intriguing benefits they present for safe, flexible power generation. High-quality component development and integration as well as ambitious development projects in China are pushing the way forward for a new generation of nuclear power that could prove to be a low-carbon emissions answer for the future....

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Combustible dust explosions: are you at risk? 15 February 2019

Think about combustible dust explosions and coal dust, grain storage and flour mills will immediately spring to mind because they make primetime news. However, any workplace that generates dust is potentially at risk to dust explosions, says Tim Turney of Casella. ...

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Surveillance technology in hazardous environments: a look at the future 14 February 2019

While the majority of industries keep safety and security as a core function of an operations department, there are a number of organisations, such as those in oil and gas exploration and production, critical infrastructure and manufacturing, where these two pillars are critical. This article by Simon Reed of Oncam looks at developing trends in security and surveillance and the critical role of video in hazardous environments. ...

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Ensuring PPE compliance through the use of artificial intelligence 12 February 2019

The safety of employees in the workplace is integral to any business, and with tighter government legislation, workers are better protected by the law than ever before. Nevertheless, workplace accidents still pose a serious threat to businesses’ financial viability. This article from Cortexica Vision Systems looks at how video monitoring, the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning can help. ...

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HSE UK offshore safety report confirms improving trends for 2017 01 February 2019

The Offshore Statistics & Regulatory Activity Report for 2017 from the UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) confirms that most offshore oil & gas and wind operations safety trends are moving in the right direction. There were no work-related fatalities recorded in 2017 and the non-fatal injury rate also continued to decrease across the UK Continental Shelf....

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US Government sues Lockheed, others for alleged corruption over clean-up of nuclear site 30 January 2019

The United States Department of Justice has announced it is sueing Lockheed Martin Corp, Lockheed Martin Services Inc, and Mission Support Alliance LLC, as well as a Lockheed executive, for alleged false claims and bribes on a multibillion-dollar contract to clean up the Hanford nuclear site in Washington state....

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Maintaining Safe Operations – Is it time for a verification scheme for Management Systems? 23 January 2019

Betteridge’s Law suggests that any newspaper headline that ends with a question mark can be truthfully answered with the word ‘no’. Iain Wilson of DNV GL–Oil & Gas suggests that finding the right answer to the question in the headline may not be quite so straightforward....

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Germany agrees to phase out coal-generated electricity by 2038 22 January 2019

Germany has agreed to end its reliance on polluting coal power stations by 2038, in a long-awaited decision that will have major ramifications for Europe’s attempts to meet its Paris climate change targets. The country is the last major bastion of coal-burning in north-western Europe and the dirtiest of fossil fuels still provides almost 40% of Germany’s power....

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Ensuring staff safety in site evacuation scenarios through simple management technology 22 January 2019

Evacuation drills are considered a nuisance by many as they can disrupt the work day at inconvenient times, and are often met with complacency at the prospect of having to evacuate the building or site, and stand outside for a prolonged period of time. Dan Harding of Sign-In App says that the latest technology can be harnessed to streamline this process and improve site safety. ...

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