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UK companies fined after workers injured by gas mains fire 09 November 2018

A major UK gas distribution company and a Kent based construction company have been fined after a gas main ignited whilst it was being repaired, injuring two workers. Southern Gas Networks Plc, which had pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, was fined £1.2million and ordered to pay costs of £18,975.43. ...

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Toshiba's UK withdrawal puts Cumbria nuclear plant in doubt 08 November 2018

Toshiba plans to wind up its UK nuclear business after failing to find a buyer, dealing a potentially fatal blow to plans for a new nuclear power station in Cumbria. The Japanese engineering giant said it would take a 18.8bn Japanese yen (£125m) hit from closing its NuGen subsidiary, which was to have built a nuclear power station at Moorside near Sellafield in Cumbria. ...

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UK regulator says country has oil reserves for at least 20 years of production 08 November 2018

The UK has enough oil reserves to sustain production for the next 20 years and beyond, according to a new industry report by the sector’s regulatory body. The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) has estimated overall remaining recoverable reserves and resources of between 10 and 20 billion barrels. However, it said significant investment was required in new field developments for untapped potential to be realised....

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Tepco offers English-language virtual tour of crippled Fukushima nuclear plant 07 November 2018

Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), the owner of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan, has launched an English-language online virtual tour of the interior of the crippled power plant allowing website visitors to check the progress of decommissioning work since the plant was destroyed by a tsunami in 2011, causing one of the world’s worst nuclear crises....

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Canada concrete plant dust explosion injures three 06 November 2018

A November 5 dust explosion at the Quality Concrete plant in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, resulted in three minor injuries, according to CBC. The explosion blew the roof off a fly ash silo, propelling it hundreds of metres where it fell on a parked vehicle. Fly ash is an extremely fine powder that is mixed with cement in the production of concrete....

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Delaware refinery explosion injures three 31 October 2018

An explosion due to an equipment failure at PBF Energy's Delaware City, Delaware, injured three people on October 29, a report by Delaware Online said. During equipment maintenance, there was a minor explosion and three men were burned, the report said, quoting a state fire marshal. The report also said there was no fire and no major damage to equipment at the facility....

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Hazardex & PPTex 2019 Conference – Call for papers now closed, programme to be announced next week 30 October 2018

The programme  for the Hazardex and PPTex 2019 Conference, to be held on February 27 & 28 2019 at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK, will be announced in the week starting November 5. Next year will be The Year of Process Safety Leadership, and this will be a major area of focus for the conference. ...

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A look forward to the Hazardex 2019 Conference, Exhibition & Awards ceremony 30 October 2018

The 2019 Hazardex International Conference and Exhibition will take place at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK, on February 27th & 28th. The exhibition stands and packages are now on sale, with a number of exhibitors already signing up for next year's event. ...

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Oil & Gas UK health and safety report for 2017 shows improving trend 29 October 2018

The UK’s offshore oil and gas industry continued to see improvement across a broad range of health and safety indicators last year, according to a key insight into the health and safety landscape published by Oil & Gas UK in October. There were no work-related fatalities recorded in 2017 and the non-fatal injury rate also continued to decrease across the UK Continental Shelf....

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Trump administration approves first oil production project in federal Arctic waters 26 October 2018

On October 24, the Trump administration approved a plan by Houston-based Hilcorp to start large-scale oil production in federal waters off Alaska’s North Slope. The company’s Liberty Project involves the construction of a nine-acre gravel island in shallow waters about five miles from shore and drill for oil from there. A pipeline buried beneath the ocean floor would carry the oil to shore....

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Raising the standard in safety culture: ISO 45001

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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On-scene HAZMAT response with a gas chromatograph mass spectrometer

Responders rely first on their knowledge and experience, and then on the tools in their toolkit to keep themselves and the public safe. Chemical scenes can be chaotic and getting actionable information quickly is vital. Unknowns can be incredibly dangerous. Having the right tools in the toolkit and understanding their capabilities is critical to mission success. ...

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The opportunity for wearable technology in PPE

We are all familiar with the way that the internet has changed the way we communicate, work, socialise and play over the last two decades.  The internet is now generating the beginnings of a second seismic shift – the explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT) which will fundamentally change your workplace as well as your home. ...

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