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How the lessons learned collaborating over safety can be applied to other activities within the oil and gas sector 17 January 2019

Collaboration is the current buzzword in the oil and gas industry. In this article, Laura Petrie of Aberdeen-based commercial lawyers Ledingham Chalmers LLP looks at how the UK offshore sector built a collaborative environment in the area of safety and how we might apply those lessons across the whole industry. ...

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Assessing and mitigating the risks from bund overtopping 21 December 2018

Many atmospheric pressure storage tanks are located in bunds that are designed to retain their liquid contents if the tank fails. Although the capacity of the bund should exceed the volume of the tank, catastrophic failures of the tank can overtop the bund. This article, by A. Halford, C. Robinson, G. Ferrara and T. Bengherbia of DNV GL, explains why this needs to be accounted for in risk assessments. ...

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A new, hazard-based approach to product safety standards 21 December 2018

Clare Gittens of TÜV SÜD Product Service looks at EN 62368-1, which sees us move from a prescriptive and objective method of proving compliance to a more subjective approach, which relies on engineering expertise to identify potential hazards....

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Better things in store: a guide to storing hazardous chemicals and petrochemicals 19 December 2018

Handling and storing hazardous chemicals and materials can present a myriad of challenges, from ever more stringent regulatory requirements to health and safety risks, blast proofing and even security. In this article, Paul Gouland, Marketing Director at Clugston Construction, explores the practical challenges of constructing modern warehouses and distribution centres for the chemical and petrochemical sectors....

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ANYmal – A unique quadruped robot for harsh environments 14 December 2018

In this article, the latest in a series on the development of robotic solutions for difficult environments, Dr. Peter Fankhauser of ANYbotics AG of in Switzerland describes the development of ANYmal, built specifically to work autonomously in challenging surroundings....

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European downstream oil industry safety performance - 2017 30 November 2018

Concawe, the European downstream health, safety and environmental monitoring organisation, published its twenty-fourth annual report on Europe’s downstream oil industry safety performance in the third quarter of 2018. The report provides data on work-related personal injuries and process safety performance indicators from 40 Concawe Member Companies representing more than 96% of European refining capacity. ...

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Safety & Security – The last line of defence is restored 14 November 2018

Safety in process plants extends to mitigating the effect of any plant failure. Considerable efforts are made to protect people, the environment and plant assets from damage caused by the plant. Safety is a balance between the residual risk of damage and the effort being taken to reduce such risk. In this article, Dr. Alexander Horch of HIMA explains why designing the security environment around the safety automation system is essential....

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Raising the standard in safety culture: ISO 45001 26 October 2018

Health and safety is not just the responsibility of a management team or department. Sharing that responsibility amongst all employees is the first step in influencing organisational culture. Workers must actively participate in the development and ongoing management of health and safety systems. In this article, Mike Wood of Acclaim looks at how to change the safety culture within an organisation, with specific reference to ISO 45001....

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Safety Culture, Climate and Performance Improvement 22 October 2018

Research over many years has shown that most safety incidents and accidents are linked to human behaviour in the workplace. In this article, Dr Kevin Fitzgerald of Lloyd’s Register Energy says that in order to impact safety at the front-line, we need to work at all levels – top to bottom –  within our organisations to establish the appropriate values and behaviours that will support safe working....

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Staying safe when working at height in challenging environments 19 October 2018

[lead]The latest Health and Safety Executive (HSE) statistics are promising. Fatal injuries to workers continue to decrease and the UK consistently has one of the lowest standardised rates of fatal injury across the EU, lower than other large economies and the EU average. That being said, the HSE still reported 137 fatal injuries to workers in 2016/17 and falls from height clearly remain the most common cause....

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