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Simulators help shape new universal drilling language to reduce human factors 08 September 2020

The way drilling crews speak on rigs could soon be standardised across the globe to improve safety and maximise efficiencies thanks to new research by the University of Oklahoma using Drilling Systems’ simulators....

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Report says Israeli gas rig staff failed to comprehend seriousness of leak that could have caused “large loss of life” 07 September 2020

A new report published by Israel’s Energy Ministry says that staff working on an offshore natural gas rig failed to understand the seriousness of a gas leak in May which could have caused a “large loss of life” had it ignited. The investigative report into the Leviathan rig was ordered after a series of malfunctions occurred in the first few months after it began commercial operations in January 2020....

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One person dead, one injured after supertanker catches fire off Sri Lanka coast 07 September 2020

A Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) caught fire on September 3 off the coast of Sri Lanka and burned for three days before the flames were extinguished. One person died in the incident aboard the MT New Diamond tanker, while another crewman was injured and taken to hospital in a serious condition....

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UKCA mark to become conformity assessment marking for Great Britain from January 2022 04 September 2020

The UK government announced on September 1 that the new UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) marking can be used from 1 January 2021, however, to allow businesses time to adjust to the new requirements, the CE marking may still be used until 1 January 2022 in most cases....

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Personal air sanitisers are an explosion hazard on planes, New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority warns 03 September 2020

New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has warned that personal hand sanitisers being promoted as blocking bacterial or viral airborne infections are an explosion risk on aircraft. The sanitisers involve substances which can cause a chemical reaction to occur that poses an explosion risk, Radio New Zealand (RNZ) reports....

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US Department of Energy invests $72 Million in carbon capture technologies 02 September 2020

On September 1, the US Department of Energy (DOE) announced the award of approximately $72 million (£54m) in federal funding to support the development and advancement of carbon capture technologies under two funding opportunity announcements (FOAs)....

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The September issue of Hazardex is now available! 02 September 2020

The September issue of Hazardex can now be read online. The issue includes features on Biohazards, Lighting, Confined Space Entry, and ATEX Fans....

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EDF to close UK nuclear power station two years early due to cracks in reactor 01 September 2020

EDF Energy announced on August 27 that the Hunterston B nuclear power station will be closed down in 2021, two years earlier than intended. The nuclear power station in Ayrshire, Scotland, has been closed since 2018 when 350 cracks were found in the graphite bricks that make up the reactor's core. EDF has spent around £200m trying to fix the reactor since it went offline in 2018....

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Hurricane Laura causes fire to break out at Louisiana chemical plant 01 September 2020

Hurricane Laura, which made landfall on the south coast of the US on August 27, caused a chlorine leak and fire at a chemical plant near Lake Charles, Louisiana. The Biolab facility produces swimming pool and spa cleaning products and suffered significant damage from winds which reached up to 150 mph (240 km/h)....

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Train derailment causes diesel spill and fire in Wales, hundreds evacuated 27 August 2020

A train carrying diesel fuel derailed and burst into flames on August 26 in south Wales, UK. The incident happened in Llangennech, Carmarthenshire and was declared a major incident by firefighters as spilt diesel made its way into the River Loughor....

Features

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How should we manage the new threats posed by biomanufacturing?

Over the last five decades, there have been thousands of incidents in biological laboratories in which pathogen containment has failed1. Those incidents have caused over 150 fatalities since 1970....

Case Studies

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Setting the foundations for digital operations in an upper tier COMAH site

Siemens Digital Industries (Siemens DI) has helped Kemira, a global chemical manufacturer, achieve record breaking productivity levels at its Bradford plant. By deploying an integrated solution, Siemens DI enabled Kemira to optimise how it makes its polyacrylamide products, which are used for the cleaning of municipal and industrial wastewater....

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The pandemic goes on and on

When I first wrote about the disruption caused to international standards meetings and IECEx meetings, I thought we would be getting back to normal about now....

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