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Cosmetics factory fire kills three, injures six 23 November 2020

A fire at a cosmetics factory in South Korea killed three people and injured six others on November 19. The incident happened at a factory belonging to Silverex located in Guzhan-dong, Incheon....

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New report shows industry maintains focus on improving HSE performance in challenging times 20 November 2020

A new report released on November 4 by OGUK, a UK trade association for the offshore oil and gas industry, outlines the UK offshore oil and gas industry’s health, safety and environmental performance in 2019, and highlights future plans for further improvement....

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INEOS launches new Clean Hydrogen business; BP announces new German hydrogen partnership 20 November 2020

INEOS and BP have both announced new hydrogen projects in recent weeks as industries continue to invest in green hydrogen as part of a worldwide drive towards a zero-carbon future. INEOS launched a new business on November 9 to develop and build Clean Hydrogen capacity across Europe, while BP announced a joint project with Ørsted to develop green hydrogen in Germany....

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Chemical leak injures one at BP’s Rotterdam Refinery 19 November 2020

A worker was injured during an incident involving hydrogen fluoride at BP’s Rotterdam Refinery on November 14. BP said that the release of hydrogen fluoride occurred late at night and led to one person receiving immediate treatment on-site....

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Tank Storage Association comments on the UK Government’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution 18 November 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced his vision for a net-zero UK, setting out an ambitious Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution. The Tank Storage Association has said it stands ready to work with Government in order to meet the ambitious commitments....

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Fire at Indian natural gas well extinguished five months after initial blowout 17 November 2020

An Oil India Limited (OIL) natural gas well in the state of Assam which suffered a blowout in May before erupting into flames has now been extinguished. Three people have died and several have been injured over the last five months during operations to tackle the blaze and plug the leaking well....

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Factory explosion kills two, injures two in Israel 17 November 2020

A suspected gas explosion killed two workers and injured two others at a metalwork factory in Ashdod, Israel on November 16. According to local media, a preliminary investigation determined that workers had been welding a gas tank when the blast occurred....

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UK logistics company fined in relation to 2019 explosion that injured one 17 November 2020

UK logistics haulier A&D Logistics Limited has been fined £48,000 by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) after a worker suffered flash burn injuries from an explosion that occurred after they opened a container door in January 2019....

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Israel fines Noble Energy-Chevron £850,000 after offshore rig violates discharge permit 16 November 2020

On November 15, Israel’s Ministry of Environmental Protection imposed a fine of NIS 3,783,276 (£850,000 / $1.1m) on Noble Energy Mediterranean, which was recently acquired by Chevron. The company violated conditions of its discharge permit for the Leviathan gas production platform into the Mediterranean Sea....

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One dead, four injured in industrial incident at Wacker plant in US 16 November 2020

A worker who was among five injured in an accident at Wacker’s chemical plant in Charleston, Tennessee on November 13, has since died of their injuries. The chemical company said that three of the injured continue to be treated in local hospitals while one worker has been treated and released following the incident....

Features

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A guide to using cathodic protection systems in hazardous environments

For mission-critical steel structures, like industrial pipelines, tanks and bridges, it is commonplace for cathodic protection (CP) systems to be used to protect key assets from the ongoing threat of corrosion. However, this can be easier said than done if those assets are situated in hazardous environments where sources of ignition could spark a major explosion....

Case Studies

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Adapting to change and remaining resilient

The COVID-19 pandemic has tested the resilience of the most robust supply chains and has ushered in a new way of working. This has changed how companies operate in an unprecedented manner. Here’s how motor and drive manufacturer WEG kept going during the first few months of the pandemic to maintain customer supply and help in the COVID-19 fight....

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We beat the pandemic

Every two months, SGS Baseefa Technical Manager Ron Sinclair MBE gives his perspective on the latest developments in the world of standards....

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