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Hazardous area classification: points to consider 15 November 2017

A hazardous location is designated as any location in which an explosive gas atmosphere is or may be expected to be present, in quantities such as to require special precautions for the construction, installation and use of equipment. This paper, by Brazilian consultant Estellito Rangel Junior, discusses some precautions to be taken when classifying hazardous locations, when using US sources such as API RP-505, as well as IEC documents....

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IEC 60079-19: What is it and what does it mean to me? 30 October 2017

Dr. Martin Killeen of the AEMT (Association of Electrical and Mechanical Trades) outlines the requirements of the international Repair, Overhaul and Reclamation of Hazardous Area Equipment standard IEC 60079-19, and highlights how it impacts on both the service provider and the end user....

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Sharing lessons in process safety across the European Union 25 October 2017

The UK chemical and downstream oil sectors experience of learning from safety related events has been shaped by the recommendations following the Buncefield explosions and fires in 2005.  These have largely been driven by the Process Safety Leadership Groups (PSLG) Principles of Process Safety Leadership. ...

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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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