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  • US Chemical Safety Board provides investigation update into fatal December 2020 blast

    04 March 2021

    The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has released an investigation update on the December 2020 explosion at a chemical plant in Belle, West Virginia which killed one worker and injured three others. The blast occurred in an industrial dryer unit while Optima Belle, the tenant at the plant, was performing a process to remove water from chlorinated dry bleach....

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  • Hazardex 2021 moves to October 6 & 7 - Call for Papers & Award nominations remain open

    02 March 2021

    Following the UK Government's announcement and the continued success of the vaccine rollout, Hazardex will now be staged on 6th & 7th October 2021, dates we are sure will allow us to run the event safely. As a result, the deadlines for the Call for Papers and Award nominations have been extended. Submit a conference paper for consideration or nominate a company for the Hazardex Awards for Excellence now!...

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  • China increases efforts to explore and develop shale oil

    01 March 2021

    The National Energy Administration of China recently held the 2021 shale oil exploration and development promotion meeting in Beijing to summarise the progress of the previous shale oil exploration and development work, study the next stage of research targets, work priorities and main measures, and make every effort to accelerate the development of shale oil exploration and development....

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  • Distillery explosion injures three in US

    01 March 2021

    An explosion at a distillery in the US state of Colorado injured three people on February 27. The blast happened at Elkins Distilling Company in Estes Park, northern Colorado and injured three employees....

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  • Meat processing company fined £176,000 for ammonia leak

    26 February 2021

    A meat processing company in New Zealand has been fined $337,500 (£176,000) after an ammonia leak in February. The leak at the Silver Fern Farms plant in Hawera on the southwest coast of New Zealand’s North Island contaminated a local stream, killing scores of fish and eels....

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Dust explosion kills three, critically injures five others in Singapore 26 February 2021

A combustible dust explosion killed three people and critically injured five others in Tuas, Singapore on February 24. In all, 10 people were initially injured by the explosion, however three people died from their injuries on February 25. Five people remain in hospital in critical conditions while two others have been released....

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Fatal Chinese gold mine explosion in January caused by illegal storage and use of explosives, 45 people arrested 25 February 2021

A gold mine explosion in east China's Shandong province on January 10 was caused by the illegal storage and use of explosives, as well as improper operations, Chinese state media has reported. The blast left 22 workers trapped around 2,000 feet (600 metres) underground. In total, 10 of the miners died while 11 others were rescued after two weeks. One miner remains unaccounted for....

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Explosion kills three workers at ArcelorMittal plant in South Africa 23 February 2021

Three workers were found dead at an ArcelorMittal steel plant in South Africa following an explosion on February 17. The bodies of the workers were discovered under rubble after a portion of a 90m stack at one of the site’s coke batteries failed and fell onto a control room....

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Explosion on board bulk carrier injures four offshore Gibraltar 23 February 2021

An explosion on a bulk carrier vessel, the CSSC Cape Town, injured four people on February 19. The blast happened while the ship was in Gibraltar's territorial waters. Two of the injured were flown to hospital by helicopter after they suffered severe burns....

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Hazardex 2021 Call for Papers - submission deadline extended 23 February 2021

The Hazardex 2021 event is taking place on October 6 & 7 and there is still time to submit a paper for consideration. We are seeking submissions on a range of process safety-related topics. Submit an abstract now to share your knowledge and experiences with the most important peers and stakeholders of the global high hazard industry....

Features

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Is ‘COVID-safe’ guidance enough?

It is clear that the Coronavirus pandemic will continue into 2021, with restrictions and guidelines still in place for Covid-secure work environments. But, in order for employees to resume work back at the physical office without worrying about spreading the virus, companies need to consider introducing additional protocols to ensure that the workplace is, in fact, safe....

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Switch to single source LED lighting saves OQ Chemicals $50k annually

A switch to single source LED industrial lighting at the Bishop petro-chemical facility of OQ Chemicals, located just outside Corpus Christi, Texas, is saving the plant some $50,000 annually in reduced maintenance costs with additional savings in reduced energy costs and virtually eliminating lighting maintenance whilst also producing substantial improvements in visibility, sustainability and staff safety....

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