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UK HSE calls for partners in high hazard research programmes 17 September 2019

HSE’s Shared Research Programme supports external investment and collaboration in HSE’s research portfolio. This allows resources and expertise to be shared for the benefit of all. By supporting the shared research approach, contributing partners will be able to help shape the focus of the research activity, gain ongoing access to emerging findings and have early sight of draft outputs....

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California researchers find grooves in building materials improve explosion protection 16 September 2019

Cutting grooved patterns into building materials can make them much more resistant to the huge shockwaves of explosions or earthquakes, a team from the University of California San Diego has found....

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NOMINATIONS OPEN Hazardex 2020 Awards for Excellence 13 September 2019

The Hazardex International Conference and Exhibition in Harrogate, UK, on 26 & 27 February 2020 will feature a hazardous area and process safety awards programme to highlight examples of excellence across the sector. Categories open for nomination are Contribution to Safety, Contribution to the Environment, Technical Innovation, Best User Application and Best Customer Service....

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BP deploys Mars technology on UK continental shelf as part of worldwide methane monitoring initiative 12 September 2019

BP's North Sea division has successfully executed a pilot project testing innovative ways of remotely monitoring methane emissions around its offshore assets. This includes the use of drones with advanced sensor technology originally designed by NASA for its Mars exploration programme....

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Japan could dump radioactive water from Fukushima into ocean 11 September 2019

On September 10, Japan’s Energy Minister said storage facilities for radioactive water at the Fukushima nuclear power plant would be full by 2022. As a result, he said, future contaminated water might have to be dumped in the Pacific Ocean....

Features

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Lessons and challenges in major hazards leadership: a personal perspective

Jo Nettleton is Deputy Director and Head of Radioactive Substances and Installations Regulation at the UK Environment Agency. In this article, based on her presentation at the Hazardex 2019 Conference, she looks at some of the high hazard incidents that have occurred during her wide-ranging career and reflects on the importance of leadership and collaboration in preventing these incidents. Jo also considers some of the main challenges for the future....

Case Studies

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Challenges and opportunities: Taking the Scotch whisky sector beyond compliance

Last autumn, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) launched its first Sector Plan for one of the biggest industries in Scotland: Whisky. This sector plan is not about implementation, because all but a small number of distilleries in Scotland fulfil their obligations, says Paul Guppy of DPS Group. This is about a new key phrase which is becoming increasingly important, moving beyond compliance....

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Saudi Arabia - An object lesson in the importance of guarding against low-tech threats

The drone attacks on Saudi Aramco’s oil and gas facilities and key infrastructure will have significant ripple effects in the global energy and petrochemical markets, as well as the global economy, as oil prices rise and natural gas production is disrupted. The strikes on 14 September hit the Khurais oilfield and Abqaiq, the world’s largest crude oil and natural gas processing site....

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