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Hazardex 2017 Conference

03 March 2017

The Hazardex 2017 event took place on March 2 & 3 in Runcorn, Cheshire - thank you to all who attended and participated. Contact us for details of the 2018 event, which will be staged on March 1st & 2nd at the same venue.

Lead presentations included one on industry cybersecurity requirements prior to the HSE publishing its operational guidance, presented by the ECI Acting Head of Operations at the HSE and the Safety & Commercial Director at UKPIA.

The Chairman of IECEx spoke on future developments within the IECEx system, Human Factors Consultant John Wilkinson and Simon Monnington of BP on knowledge and competence in high hazard industries, and Rob Magraw of BakerRisk Europe on expanding risk assessment in the chemical and refining industries.

Other speakers included the Principal Engineer, Process Instruments at Sellafield Ltd, Principal Process Safety Consultant at Lockheed Martin UK Information Systems, and Training Manager at NuStar Terminals Ltd, amongst many others.

More than 30 process safety experts from a range of backgrounds presented original papers of key importance to the high hazard sector, ABB ran workshops on IEC61511 and DSEAR, and over 40 exhibitors made the event the largest grouping of hazardous area product and service specialists in the UK this year.

Conference & Exhibition open times:

Day 1 (02/03/17):  09:00 – 17:30 (Conference registration from 08:00)

Day 2 (03/03/17):  09:30 – 15:30 (Conference registration from 08:30)


Holiday Inn Hotel, Runcorn

Wood Lane
WA7 3HA 

Tel: +44 (0) 1928 754863 (Reception not reservations)

Full conference presentations and details are included below.

Limited conference delegate places still available, click here to download booking form with package prices. 

Alternatively, call Russell Goater on +44 (0) 1732 359990 or email to request further information.

Click here to see the exhibitors list for the 2017 event


Hazardex 2017 Conference presentations and timetable

Please note that the programme is subject to change, and may be amended at any time before the conference. Click on the title of the paper below to see a synopsis.


Morning 2/3/17 – Regulation & Standards

1. Thorsten Arnhold (IECEx / R.STAHL) 

An overview of the IECEx System 2017

2. Ron Sinclair (IECEx / SGS Baseefa) 

Developments in both IECEx and ATEX related to the certification of Non-Electrical Equipment

3. David Long - (British Standards Institute) 

The role of standards on business resilience and continuity in the areas of explosive atmospheres  and health and safety

4. Sarabjit Purewal (HSE) & Jamie Walker (UKPIA)

Cybersecurity Presentation to HAZARDEX 2017 


Afternoon 2/3/17: Stream 1 – High Hazard Site Risk & Safety

5. R Magraw and P Smith (BakerRisk Europe)

Expanding Consequence and Risk Assessment to Include Potential Escalation and Business Interruption Risks in the Chemical and Refining Industries

6. Carolyn Nicholls (RAS) 

Applying EI15 4th Edition at UK Airport Fuel Storage Sites

7. Tony Ennis (Haztech Consultants) 

Risk of Fire & Explosion in the Biomass Industries

8. Roger K Bentley (Astley Ltd)

DSEAR & COMAH compliance issues in traditional Whisky Distilleries


Afternoon 2/3/17: Stream 2 - Developments in Technology & Assessment

9. Bill Robb (SafetyImprovers)

Human factors, human error and human behaviours. Do we know what we are talking about?

10. Amita Tripathi (Fluidyn France)

Multiphysics simulations applied to industrial hazard assessment

11. John Hartley (Extronics)

Real-time location systems: technology, safety, and asset management

12. Steve Pearson (Phusion IM)

How Mobile Technology has improved hazardous area inspections


Morning 3/3/17: Stream 1 – Human Factors, Competence & Training

13. John Wilkinson (ex-Keil Centre & HSE) & Simon Monnington (BP)

What does good look like - Knowledge and competence in high hazard industries

14. Ian Travers (Lockheed Martin UK) 

Measuring Competence – facing up to reality!

15. Russell Page (HFL Consulting) 

Corporate Memory on the Shopfloor – The Role of SOPs in Remembering

16. Graham Jones (NuStar Energy) / Neil Smith (Cogent)

Process Safety Management Training Standards Framework


Morning 3/3/17: Stream 2 – Functional Safety & Safety Systems

17. Rob Sharrock / Andy Crosland (Emerson)

Can an 'SIS' be a Securely Integrated System, as well as a Safety Instrumented System?

18. Harvey T Dearden (SISSuite)

FSA4: Evaluation of Safety Instrumented Functions During the Operating & Maintenance Phase

19. Dil Wetherill (Risknowlogy)

Installed (Legacy) Safety System Management

20. Neil Crompton (AIM Lifecycle Services)

Why can't hazardous plants know how safe they are every day?


Afternoon 3/3/17: Stream 1 – Wireless Applications & Fire Safety

21. Tom Nobes  (Sellafield Ltd)

Sellafield ISA100 Wireless Applications

22. James Daly (RPS Risk Management)

Safety System Fire Analysis - How can fire challenge the safe operation of a facility? How can it be established whether a fire can cause a facility/process to enter an unsafe state?


Afternoon 3/3/17: Stream 2 – Gas Safety & Location Systems

23. Phil Saxton (Crowcon)

Do your gas alarm levels keep you safe?

24. David O’Brien (CMP Products)

Safety First – The effective sealing of cables in explosive atmospheres; Barrier type cable gland selection and application in the 21st century


25. ABB Workshops (timetable to be announced)


Limited delegate places remaining, click here to download booking form with package prices.

Alternatively, call Russell Goater on +44 (0) 1732 359990 or email to request further information.

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