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Hazardex & PPTex Conferences, Exhibition and Awards 2020 - EARLY BIRD DELEGATE OFFERS NOW OPEN 07 October 2019

The 2020 Hazardex International Conference and Exhibition co located with PPTex will take place on February 26 and 27 at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, north-eastern England, its original home, moving back from Runcorn to the elegant North Yorkshire spa town....

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NOMINATIONS OPEN Hazardex 2020 Awards for Excellence 06 October 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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Steel company fined £1.8m for 2015 explosion that killed two 04 October 2019

Celsa Steel has been fined £1.8 million after an explosion at its Cardiff plant killed two workers in November 2015. The company pleaded guilty to failing to make suitable and sufficient assessment of risks under the Health and Safety at Work Act....

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Hazardex & PPTex 2020 Conference - Papers now released 04 October 2019

The Hazardex 2020 Conference to be held on February 26 & 27 at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK. Papers now released, click here to view in detail ...

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INEOS cites safety and environmental costs as reasons for potential closure of UK plant 03 October 2019

On October 3, UK-based chemicals giant INEOS announced its intention to consult with employees on the proposed closure of its acrylonitrile manufacturing plant at Seal Sands on Teesside in north-east England....

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Chevron fined $2.7m for multiple leaks in California 03 October 2019

US regulators fined Chevron $2.7 million on October 2 for illegally allowing uncontrolled oil spills at the Cymric Oil Field in Kern County, California. The spills occurred between May and July earlier this year when around 32,000 barrels of oil and water were released covering almost an acre of dry stream bed....

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US Administration issues new pipeline safety rules 03 October 2019

The US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has adopted three new rules that will strengthen the safety of more than 500,000 miles of onshore gas transmission and hazardous liquid pipelines throughout the US.  ...

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BP fined £400,000 for 2012 Shetland oil leak 03 October 2019

On September 21, BP Exploration Operating Company Ltd was fined £400,000 for an uncontrolled release of fluids in 2012 at its Sullom Voe Terminal in Shetland....

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Residents of French city suffer from sickness after blaze at lubricant plant 01 October 2019

Residents in the northern city of Rouen are still suffering from nausea and vomiting days after an explosion and fire at the Lubrizol lubricant and chemical plant in the city covered the surrounding area in a thick black cloud....

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Oil tanker blaze injures ten in South Korea 30 September 2019

A fire which spread across two docked oil tankers in a South Korean port has injured ten people. The blaze started following an explosion onboard one tanker before it spread to a second oil tanker docked nearby in the port of Ulsan, in the south-east of the country, on September 28....


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The dangers of combustible dust in the workplace and how to combat it

Workplace hazards can be harmful to staff, work equipment and company buildings and assets. To tackle and prevent chemical workspace hazards, such as combustible dust explosions, the employer and supplier directives have been put in place for employers to take on the responsibility of ensuring workplace safety of their staff and protecting them from atmosphere explosives. These directives, known as the ATEX directives, were established by the EU because combus...

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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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