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15 February 2011

Last chance to book conference places or register to attend HazardEx 2011! BOOK NOW to take advantage of massive savings per delegate booking before the offer ends! Read More

With the 2-for-1 offer you can get two full delegate places for just £795+vat.

HazardEx 2011 - 23rd & 24th February, UK
HazardEx 2011 - 23rd & 24th February, UK

A comprehensive two day conference will give everyone involved in safety for engineering plants, insight and case study examples of how peers have executed safety programmes in their facilities.

The full HazardEx 2011 conference programme has now been announced!! The programme will provide detailed standards/legislation updates directly from those involved in the process of creating them. Subjects covered extensively include ATEX, SIL's, functional safety, dust,wireless and the ramifications of an engineering failure at the BP Macondo Well.

Day 1

Keynote 1
Gordon MacDonald HSE, director of Hazardous Area Installations

Avoiding the mistake of Buncefield, lessons learnt

To some extent the Buncefield event came to an end with the court case that resulted in fines and costs for 5 companies of over £9 million. However, it is important to learn the lessons from the incident so that other organisations can assess themselves against the failings that have come to light through the investigation and the subsequent court case. As with most major hazard incidents, the learning spans technical, procedural and cultural issues. This presentation will identify what the broader lessons are from Buncefield in each of these domains.

Paper 2: Ron Sinclair, chair of British & European standards committees for Ex Electrical Equipment, IECEx ExTAG and a vice chair of ExNB, MD Baseefa & HazardEx Conference day chair
CEN, Cenelec, IEC, ATEX, IECEx and all that

Newcomers to the field (and sometimes those who have been involved for some time) often find it difficult to distinguish the roles of the various European and International bodies involved in standards writing and certification. Ron Sinclair will lay out the interactions between the bodies and how their differing roles affect both manufacturers and installers of Ex Equipment. He will also bring forward some of the latest information on developments in both the standardisation and conformity assessment fields. Will the publication of an IEC Ex s standard impinge on ATEX equipment designed directly to the EHSRs of the directive ? Will the new international non-electrical standards affect those manufacturing solely for the European market?

Paper 3: Roger Jones, Intertek
Machinery Directive & hazardous area implications

Intertek’s presentation we will look at the Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC) in relation to hazardous areas, and discuss the differences between 2006/42/EC and its predecessor 98/37/EC. The presentation will also look at routes to ensure ongoing conformity because the new Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC is as much about improving the design of a Machine, as it is about manufacturing it, building it correctly and using it safely. Recent changes to the Directive can be considered comprehensive as they encompass a modified range of 'machinery'. Particularly important for engineers designing products and installations in hazardous locations, the recent changes consider product design as well as construction, and they specify particular aspects of the required associated documentation needed for conformity. Even on-going surveillance and the role of notified bodies are explored further. The New Approach Directives are under review, particularly relating to the essential requirements of the harmonised Standards, the role of third party certification marks, and the role they play in the compliance process.

Paper 4: Chris Towle, consultant
A solution for instrumentation in Zone 2 hazardous areas

The basic concept of ‘ic’ is introduced. The development of ‘ic’ and its current status in IEC standards reviewed. The possible effect of the preference of the market for IEC Ex certification is discussed.
The merits of the technique compared with ‘nL’ and the US Division2 non-incendive technique are discussed. These include simplicity compared with ‘ib’, higher levels of power, and clearly defined installation requirements.
The possible downside of additional documentation and tighter control of installations is discussed and put into perspective.
The paper concludes by comparing ‘ia’, ‘ib’ and ‘ic’ solenoid installations.

Paper 5: Simon Brown, HSE
Ramifications of engineering failure at BP Macondo well

Simon Brown reviews the current regime (legislation, technical standards) for ensuring the integrity of electrical and safety-related control / protection systems on oil and gas installations (fixed and mobile) offshore on the UK continental shelf (UKCS). This will cover electrical aspects (generation, distribution and Ex) as well as safety-critical C&I (e.g. well control, ESD, F&G, process control).
The presentation also reviews key findings and recommendations from the various inquiries and investigations into the Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon tragedy, and any impact these might have on the safety regime on the UKCS.

Paper 6: Peter Davidson, process safety program manager, UKPIA
Buncefield, 5 years on – industry’s response to the PSLG safety and environmental standards for fuel storage sites’

Since the Buncefield incident in December 2005, industry and the competent authority have worked together to produce guidance to minimise the risks of similar incidents occurring in the future, based on the Major Incident Investigation Boards (MIIB) twenty five recommendations. This culminated in the publication of the Buncefield Standards Task Group (BSTG) interim guidance in 2008, and the final Process Safety Leadership Group (PSLG) safety and environmental standards for fuel storage sites published in December 2009. This guidance has proved invaluable in assessing risks and determining the appropriate action to take at sites similar to Buncefield. The purpose of this presentation is to explain the methodology adopted to perform a gap analysis against the guidance produced, the continued co-operative working relationship between industry and the competent authority, and the real progress made by UKPIA members in implementing the changes identified.

Paper 7: Dr Jeremy Smallwood Electrostatic Solutions
A review of on the new draft IEC 60079-32 "Explosive atmospheres Part 32: Electrostatics"

HazardEx 2011 - 23rd & 24th February, UK
HazardEx 2011 - 23rd & 24th February, UK

The new IEC 60079-32 Explosive Atmospheres Part 32 - Electrostatics currently under development gives guidance for electrostatic properties necessary to avoid electrostatic ignition and shock hazards, and operational requirements for safe use of equipment, products and processes. It is intended for use in electrostatic hazard risk assessments, development of products or product standards. 60079-32 covers static electricity arising in liquids and solid materials, and common hazards in a wide range of industrial processes.

Dr Jeremy Smallwood discusses some general principles of avoidance of electrostatic hazards and gives an overview of the 60079-32 document, showing how its guidance applies to some common practical situations.

HazardEx 2011 - 23rd & 24th February, UK
HazardEx 2011 - 23rd & 24th February, UK

Paper 8: Brian Back, Environmental Innovations
Environmental effects from firewater & spillage containment issues for sites with hazardous areas

Accidents will always happen – but containing their effect without on staff and the environment is paramount. It has long been known that spill kits have limited use when dealing with anything more than a few litres and certainly cannot deal with the volumes of firewater generated by the average fire. However, often what is forgotten is the lost time and exposure of staff to the risks of dealing with the spilt item or firewater which each year results in dozens of deaths of injuries globally.

Keynote 2:

HazardEx 2011 - 23rd & 24th February, UK
HazardEx 2011 - 23rd & 24th February, UK

John Cockburn-Evans, Dupont Sustainable Solutions
Monitoring process safety solutions to enhance business performance

The extraction of oil and gas is a highly technical mechanical operation that involves volatile and corrosive substances in often extreme conditions. Repetitive acts can lead to complacency, increasing operational risk. While operators in the oil and gas industry understand the importance of safety, they tend, as recent events have shown, to concentrate on unsafe conditions due to extreme environments rather than unsafe acts. As such, it is vital that oil and gas companies improve process safety management to mitigate the high level of operational risk. Through proper administration of process safety management, it is possible to protect personnel from injury and prevent significant environmental harm, property damage, and business losses, while furthering the ability to achieve performance objectives.
The task of implementing a process safety management system is complex, as its mandate cuts across many functional areas of a company. However, when driven by a visible management commitment, it is possible to adopt methodologies that can be readily applied in each business process. Also essential to this process is the foundation of a strong, behaviour-based safety culture in which employees at all levels are empowered to feel ownership of not only their own safety, but also the safety of others.
Based on its owner/operator experience, as well as its experience working with oil & gas companies, DuPont has developed a process safety management system based on best practices. The system involves the reduction of risk within three focus areas: facilities, technology and personnel. Underpinning these focus areas are 14 process elements, such as process hazard analysis, quality assurance and training, each of which serves as an avenue for enhanced risk management. This system allows companies to capitalise on the most effective group structures, documented procedures and human and technological capabilities. Benefits of such a system extend beyond avoidance of catastrophic events and their associated costs. It has been shown that process safety management contributed to increased productivity, higher quality, reduced waste and lowered operational costs.
This paper will provide recommendations on improving the safety context, as well as implementation of mechanisms that ensure sustainability. Moreover, this paper will discuss specific actions and processes based on DuPont best practices that can be implemented by oil and gas companies to reduce risk and streamline operations.

Paper 10: Ron Bell, functional safety consultant, Engineering Safety Consultants, HazardEx Conference day chair
The changes to IEC 61508/Edition 2 and implications for users of the standard

The presentation will consider some of the key changes of IEC 61508/Edition 2, which was published in April 2010, compared to IEC 61508/Edition 1, and will discuss the implications of using the new edition:

· In the development of new systems to meet IEC 61508/Edition 2;
· In the context of systems developed to IEC 61508/Edition 1;
· In managing legacy systems;

In particular, it will cover areas of personal and organisational competence and the management of functional safety and will take into account in this context the recent incidents that have taken place relevant to these topics.

Paper 11: Colin Easton, ProSalus Safety Consultants
Functional safety gap analysis and filling the gaps

Increasingly regulatory and competent authorities are looking to hazardous process operators to improve their compliance with IEC 61511 and IEC 61508 through the management of their safety-instrumented systems, integration of that management system into the overall site-wide safety management system and carrying out review of existing safety instrumented systems suppliers for compliance with IEC 61511 and IEC 61508.
In order to provide assurance that functional safety management system is focused on compliance and business requirements a gap analysis must be undertaken to identify the areas of weakness within the organisation’s existing management system, to set a benchmark for improvement against the guidance given in IEC 61511 and IEC 61508 and to provide a framework for system development.
Using examples of projects undertaken by the author whilst undertaking functional safety gap analysis and assisting operating companies and suppliers develop their functional safety management systems he will discuss a practical lifecycle approach to carrying out the gap analysis and filling the gaps in your existing safety management system.

Paper 12: Doug Longstaff, The 61508 Association / CoGDEM / Draeger Safety
The use of a gas detection system as a method of Ex Protection

Starting with BS EN 1127-1:2007 Explosive atmospheres - Explosion prevention and protection where is accepts that monitoring is critical to the prevention of an explosion.
Followed by BS EN 60079-10-1:2009 Explosive atmospheres - Classification of areas where it accepts that the control of ventilation can reduce the 'zoned area, then using the Metrological Performance standards as a requirement for accurate measurement and control.
Finally linking everything so far with a risk reduction factor, therefore concluding with IEC 61508 and the relevant application standards for Functional Safety of a Gas Detection system - BS EN 50402:2005 and IEC 60079-29-3.

Paper 13: Alan King, ABB Engineering Services
SIL determination in the hazardous area

This presentation describes the essentials of SIL Determination from the perspective of the author. It considers the possible starting points for SIL Determination and some of the problems encountered with some of the typical approaches.
It reviews the issues around setting target risk criteria – an area that is still causing problems for many companies.
It discusses some of the methods for SIL Determination and problem areas associated with each. It concludes with an overview of the choices faced and the appropriate options.

Paper 14: Rajesh Singh - Tempest Foster / David Stefanowicz - ECA
Wireless systems and hazardous areas

Wireless technology has metamorphosed from the science used only by professionals and nerds to a technology used by us all in our day to day life. It has found it’s place in all aspects of communications and is now more frequently being used as a medium for transporting data used in control and monitoring systems. More recently it has started to make inroads to Hazardous Area Systems in greater abundance.
In their Presentation ‘Wireless Systems and Hazardous Areas’ Rajesh Sinha of Tempest Foster (former Technical Director of Bailey Teswaine) and Eur Ing David Stefanowicz Technical Manager of ECA ITEC), look at the different wireless technologies used in industry today and the different ways in which radio waves propagate. The presentation considers the pros and cons of wireless technology and also factors which can affect it’s reliable operation. It also considers the applications for which it is used and the standards to which they are designed.
Finally Rajesh and David consider the future deployment of wireless systems and the obstacles which it must overcome to ensure it’s place as an equal contender when considering Hazardous Area systems.

HazardEx 2011 - 23rd & 24th February, UK
HazardEx 2011 - 23rd & 24th February, UK

BOGOF! (BUY-ONE-GET-ONE-FREE) that's two full delegate places for just £795+vat inclusive package

The delegate package includes:
- Attendance of all conference sessions for both days
- Full delegate pack to take away including the proceedings
- Overnight accommodation on the evening of 23rd February 2010
- All food & beverages over the two days
- A place at the awards dinner on the evening of the 23rd February including a drinks reception, 4 course meal with wine and entertainment

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or call +44 (0) 1732 359990 and ask for the HazardEx 2011 sales team for further details

Furthermore, the organisers of HazardEx 2011 are pleased to announce that entertainment will be in the form of comedian Ian Irving.

** Due to ilness Brendan Healy will be replaced by Ian Irving as this years entertainment - we wish Brendan a swift recovery**

Ian is one of the most popular and sought after entertainers on the After Dinner Speaking circuit, some of his blue chip clients include, Nat West Bank, Mercedes Benz, Vodafone, Sony (UK), Hilton Hotels Group, British Airways & Hitachi. He is one of a select group of After Dinner Speakers to provide entertainment for the Corporate world at sporting occasions such as International Football at Wembley, and the International Rugby played at Twickenham.

Ian’s achievements are too extensive to list, however as a Regular on the After-dinner Speaking circuit he has become very popular appearing around the world with many political Luminaries Such as ex Prime Minister John Major, MPs William Hague, Tony Banks, Steven Norris, Robert kilroy silk, and Ann Widdecombe.

The event will run on 23rd & 24th February 2011 in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK.

HazardEx 2011 - 23rd & 24th February, UK
HazardEx 2011 - 23rd & 24th February, UK

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