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  • Chemical reaction hazards & thermally unstable substances

    10 October 2016

    The consequences of runaway exothermic chemical reactions can be devastating. Catastrophes at Bhopal and Seveso are stark reminders that all chemical processes require a thorough and rigorous assessment procedure to ensure that large scale manufacture can proceed without residual risk or threat of disaster. This article from DEKRA Insight looks at chemical reaction hazards and thermally unstable substances and links to guides that can help identify them.

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  • Business as usual for hazardous environments until Brexit deal concluded

    04 August 2016

    Last month, after years of discussion and argument across the political spectrum, the UK voted to leave the European Union. A member of the Union, or its previous incarnations, since 1973, the country was split down the middle with rancorous debate on both sides. The vote to leave will have far-reaching consequences, far beyond the debates and arguments touched on during the campaign. ...

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  • Beyond PSM: Integrating culture and leadership into process incident prevention

    21 July 2016

    The implementation of process safety management (PSM) has received significant attention in the last 25 years, with major incidents (e.g., Piper Alpha and Bhopal) giving rise to new rules and practices. But despite this attention, major catastrophic incidents have continued to occur.Retrospective views on these events have consistently shown organisational cultures that resulted in systems breakdown....

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  • Preventing self-heating of particulate solids

    14 July 2016

    Many particulate solid materials can exhibit self-heating, which - if unchecked - at the very least is likely to affect the quality of the product or even progress to a fire or an explosion. In this article, Dr. Vahid Ebadat of Chilworth Asia Pacific looks into the mechanisms behind this process....

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  • Loss-of-containment, a basic cause of process safety incidents

    14 July 2016

    In 1979, while covering a chemical plant operation during a strike, I was rudely awakened by a massive explosion. I quite literally fell out of bed, sleeping in a trailer located about 100 feet from the plant fence-line, shared with a petroleum product distribution tank farm. I grabbed my pants and went outside. The heat from the fire at a large storage tank next-door could be felt where I stood. ...

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Implementing the EU Offshore Safety Directive 01 August 2015

The single biggest change to affect UK and EU offshore health, safety and environmental management in many years comes into force this July with the introduction of the EU Offshore Safety Directive. Robert Paterson, Health and Safety Director at the Oil & Gas UK industry association, explains the reasons behind the Directive’s introduction and the key changes and main implications for the oil & gas community....

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Safety management across multiple sites – an example from the UK nuclear sector 29 May 2014

Graham Finn, Head of Health, Safety and Environment at EDF Energy’s Generation Division, explains the safety management systems in place within the group’s nuclear operational unit and suggests ways in which other process industries might benefit from the group’s experience....

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Hazardex Interview: Malcolm Webb, Chief Executive, Oil & Gas UK 26 September 2013

Malcolm Webb has exceptional experience of the UK hydrocarbon sector, both upstream and downstream. For the last 10 years he has been CEO of Oil & Gas UK, which represents the offshore industry, and before that was head of the UK Petroleum Industry Association, representing the UK oil refining and marketing sector. Earlier still, he held a range of legal and senior positions at Burmah Oil, the British National Oil Corporation, Charterhouse Petroleum and PetroFina....

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Hazardex interview: John Bresland, former Chairman, US Chemical Safety Board 01 August 2013

The Piper 25 conference on offshore safety held in Aberdeen in June 2013 brought together an exceptional roster of speakers from industry, academia, government and regulatory bodies worldwide. One of the plenary session speakers was John Bresland, the former chairman of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), the principal investigatory body into process plant incidents in the USA. ...

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HazardEx interview: Chris Hunt, Director General, UK Petroleum Industry Association 04 June 2013

UK refining faces a threat to its survival through a combination of factors, including low margins on refining of crude oil and cost impacts of meeting EU and UK legislation. HazardEx spoke to Chris Hunt, Director General of UKPIA, the UK Petroleum Industry Association, to find out what the industry is doing to redress the situation. ...

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