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Mexican Government offensive against fuel theft causes widespread gas station shortages 08 January 2019

An offensive by Mexico’s new government against fuel theft at one of the country’s main refineries has led to a lack of fuel at gas stations in several central states, according to a Reuters report. The news agency said the shortages followed the closure of a pipeline from the Salamanca refinery in the central state of Guanajuato as the state-owned oil company Pemex started using more tankers to transport fuel....

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Explosion aboard Vietnamese tanker in Hong Kong harbour kills one, three missing 08 January 2019

The product tanker Aulac Fortune suffered an explosion and fire on January 8 at Lamma Island Anchorage, Hong Kong. Of the 26 crew, 22 were rescued, one died and three are still missing. Some of the crew were thrown overboard by the explosion on the Vietnamese-flagged vessel, local media said, while others had to jump into the water to escape the fire....

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US food processing group ADM reports explosions at two separate plants over two days 08 January 2019

Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) reported explosions at two separate plants over the weekend of January 4-5, one of which resulted in the death of a firefighter and a critical injury to another.A fire at an ADM grain facility in Clinton, Iowa, on January 5 led to an explosion that resulted in the death of 33-year-old Lt. Eric Hosette....

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Hazardex 2019 Awards - Best Customer Service Award Candidates 07 January 2019

E - Best Customer Service: A company or corporate division that has provided excellent customer service in the sector over the last two years...

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Hazardex 2019 Awards - PPTex Innovation 07 January 2019

D - PPTex: The best innovation in Personnel Protection Technologies (PPT) equipment incorporating electronic and technological systems that the user can wear, hold or use to improve safety within the process and high hazard industries....

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Hazardex 2019 Awards - Best User Application Award Candidates 07 January 2019

C - Best User Application: An application story highlighting the benefits of a product, system or service for use in hazardous areas...

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Hazardex 2019 Awards - Technical Innovation Award Candidates 07 January 2019

B - Technical Innovation: An innovative product or system for use in hazardous area environments...

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Hazardex 2019 Awards - Contribution to Safety Award Candidates 07 January 2019

A. Contribution to Safety. A product, system or service which has made a significant contribution to safety in hazardous area environments...

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Russian apartment building explosion death toll rises to 37 03 January 2019

Rescuers confirmed late on January 3 that the death toll after the New Year's Eve gas explosion in the southern Urals city of Magnitogorsk had reached 37, six of them children. The revised toll left four people still missing following the explosion, which destroyed 35 apartments in the building.  Emergency responders faced temperatures as low as minus 27 degrees C as they combed through the rubble....

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Chemical plant explosion kills three in western China 03 January 2019

Three people died and six others were injured after an explosion on December 25 at the Xinjiang Xinzhi Energy Chemicals plant in western China’s Xinjiang region, coverage by news wire service Reuters said, citing information from Chinese news organisation Tianshan. ...

Features

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A new, hazard-based approach to product safety standards

Clare Gittens of TÜV SÜD Product Service looks at EN 62368-1, which sees us move from a prescriptive and objective method of proving compliance to a more subjective approach, which relies on engineering expertise to identify potential hazards....

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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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Good news from the UK oil & gas sector

Amongst all the gloomy news circulating at the butt-end of 2018, I do have some good cheer to bring you. According to the 29th Oil and Gas survey conducted by Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, workforce recruitment is on the rise among oil and gas contractors and 65% of firms expect the level of core staff to increase next year and only 5% expect a fall over the same period. ...

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