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Free whitepaper – Simplified universal marshalling: its evolution and benefits 01 February 2020

Download this free whitepaper and find out how Eaton MTL has responded to the complex, time intensive and cost-heavy process of marshalling by developing Smart Universal Marshalling: an approach that delivers significant improvements and makes marshalling systems fit-for-purpose in an increasingly automated world....

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Industrial safety market worth $3bn in 2018, over $5.4bn by 2025 31 January 2020

A new report released by Zion Market Research says the global industrial safety market was worth around $3.04 billion in 2018 and will rise to around $5.41 billion by 2025, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.6% in the period 2019-2025....

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Hazardex Awards 2020 - VOTING CLOSED 30 January 2020

A total of 20 nominations have been shortlisted across five categories for the Hazardex 2020 Awards, designed to recognise excellence in the hazardous area sector. The Winners will be announced at the Hazardex 2020 Conference and Exhibition Gala Awards dinner on February 26, 2020. VOTING DEADLINE: 06/02/20...

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First public database detailing global mine tailings dams launched 30 January 2020

A global database, the first to be made publicly accessible, has been launched which details information about mine tailings storage facilities with the aim of helping to prevent fatal disasters from occurring....

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US jury awards $20 million after finding companies responsible for 2018 explosion 30 January 2020

On January 28, a jury awarded two families $10 million each in damages after finding four companies responsible for the deaths of five men in a January 2018 drilling rig explosion in Quinton, Oklahoma....

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The February issue of Hazardex is available now! 29 January 2020

The February issue of Hazardex magazine can now be read online. The issue includes PPTex Supplement No.7 and features on Alarms, Fire Safety, and PPE Legislation. ...

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Research programme awards $7.25 million to projects working to advance oil and gas safety culture 28 January 2020

A US research programme has announced $7.25 million in grant awards for eight projects focused on strengthening safety culture in the offshore oil and gas industry. The funding comes from the Gulf Research Program (GRP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, an independent, science-based programme founded in 2013 as part of legal settlements with the companies involved in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster....

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US factory explosion kills two 27 January 2020

Two people were killed on January 24 after an explosion at a manufacturing company in Houston, Texas. Buildings up to half a mile away were damaged by the blast which occurred in the early hours of the morning....

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14 dead, 50 injured after tanker blast in Peru 27 January 2020

A gas tanker explosion killed 14 people in Lima, Peru on January 24. Peru’s Health Ministry said 50 people were also injured by the blast which caused a fire that engulfed several nearby buildings....

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Rolls-Royce to install modular nuclear reactors in UK by 2029 24 January 2020

Rolls-Royce is planning to install and operate its small modular reactor (SMR) programme in the UK by 2029. The manufacturer told the BBC that its plan is to build between 10-15 SMRs on former nuclear sites in Cumbria and Wales by the end of the decade....

Features

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Alarming your tank farm

Twenty-five years on from a major explosion at an oil refinery, what can we learn about alarm annunciation? Here, Gary Bradshaw, Director at alarm annunciator specialist Omniflex, explains why many sites that fall within the scope of the Control of Major Hazards (COMAH) regulations are in urgent need of physical alarm panels that emit light and sound in the event of imminent danger....

Case Studies

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Utilities company puts handheld gas detection to the test

Launched in 2005, Wales and West Utilities (WWU) has a regulated gas distribution business which includes approximately 35,000 kilometres of gas pipes across Wales and the south west of England. Covering a sixth of the UK, WWU takes care of 2.5 million gas supply points in homes and businesses in a catchment area with a population of 7.5 million people....

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A new start

This is my first article for Hazardex since I left my role as the IECEx Chairman at the end of 2019. According to our rules, after two terms of three years, the chairmanship of the IECEx System must be handed over to a new person. In my case, I handed the position onto Paul Meanwell, a manufacturer’s representative from South Africa....

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