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Chemical factory explosion kills six in China 04 August 2020

An explosion killed six workers at a chemical plant in Xintao City, China on August 3. The blast in central China’s Hubei province happened in a workshop of an organic silicon company and injured four people in addition to the six people killed....

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US Chemical Safety Board to continue with only one board member 03 August 2020

On July 31, the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) postponed a scheduled public meeting in which the agency was to discuss its plans on how to operate despite having a one-person board instead of its usual five-person board....

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Coal mine explosion kills nine in Colombia 03 August 2020

An explosion at a coal mine in the municipality of El Zulia in northeast Colombia killed nine miners on July 31. The blast happened at the El Cedro underground coal mine and is thought to have been caused by a build up of gases within the mine....

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The August issue of Hazardex is now available! 03 August 2020

The August issue of Hazardex can now be read online. The issue includes PPTex Supplement No.9, plus features on Inerting Control and Intrinsic Safety....

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HSE publishes annual UK workplace fatality figures 29 July 2020

On July 1, the UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) published its annual report on work-related fatal injuries for 2019/20. The report shows that a total of 111 workers were killed at work in Great Britain in 2019/20, a decrease of 38 from the previous year and the lowest annual number on record....

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US pipeline company and contractor responsible for 2016 spill settle for $1.6 million 28 July 2020

A US pipeline company and a contractor which were responsible for a 44,000-gallon unrefined crude oil spill in Ventura County, California in 2016 have agreed to pay a settlement of $1.6 million. Colorado-based Crimson Pipeline and its contractor CD Lyon Construction reached a settlement with the Ventura County District Attorney on July 21....

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Calls for Chevron gas project in Australia to be shut down after cracks found in critical components 28 July 2020

Energy giant Chevron is facing calls to shut down its Gorgon natural gas project on the west coast of Australia after thousands of cracks, some measuring up to one metre long and 30 millimetres deep, were discovered on critical components. The Gorgon gas project comprises a three-train, 15.6 million tonnes per annum LNG facility and a domestic gas plant with the capacity to supply 300 terajoules of gas per day....

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Tank Storage Association launches new Safety Leadership Charter 27 July 2020

The Tank Storage Association (TSA) has formally launched a new Safety Leadership Charter, reaffirming its commitment to the original principles of Process Safety Leadership....

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Four workers suffer chemical burns at Wacker Chemical plant in US 27 July 2020

Four workers suffered injuries while performing maintenance tasks in a process building at Wacker Chemical’s polysilicon production facility in Charleston, Tennessee on July 24....

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Explosion at Oil India Ltd natural gas well injures three foreign experts, two months after initial blowout 24 July 2020

Three foreign experts were injured in an explosion at Oil India Limited’s (OIL) leaking natural gas well near Baghjan, in the state of Assam on July 22. The experts had been brought in to help stop an “uncontrollable” leak following a blowout on May 27. The explosion happened 56 days after the initial blowout which has already caused an explosion and several fires, one of which killed two firefighters....


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Intrinsic Safety – separating fact from fiction

How well do we understand Intrinsic Safety and how to achieve it? Roger Highton, Product Line Manager for MTL Process Connectivity Products at Eaton, separates the facts from the fiction....

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Ensuring your communication system supports your intrinsically safe operations

When assessing your current communications capabilities, an organisation charged with running critical national infrastructure would need to ask itself a number of key questions....


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IEC offers much more than standards and certificates

Every two months, Prof. Dr. Thorsten Arnhold, IECEx Chairman 2014-2019, provides an update on developments within the organisation....

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