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Health and Safety Laboratory recognised by chemical engineers

19 April 2011

The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) marked the centenary year of the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) with a special presentation for its contribution to better process safety and environment protection. IChemE president, Desmond King presented a medal of recognition to HSL chief executive, Eddie Morland in Liverpool recently at IChemE’s Hazards XXII: Process safety and environmental protection conference.

Morland says: “HSL has been putting science at the forefront of safety for a century and it is a real honour to have that contribution recognised by IChemE. A lot has changed in the world of work since 1911 - and although Britain has moved from a heavy manufacturing economy to one based increasingly on services, significant industrial hazards remain and new risks have emerged.” IChemE director of policy and communication, Andrew Furlong says: “The HSL has made a significant and sustained contribution to improving process safety and this event marked an ideal opportunity to recognise its long-standing commitment to the cause.”

More than 400 people attended Hazards XXII which featured more than 100 presentations including contributions from the HSL. Keynote presenters included former US Chemical Safety Board ceo, John S Bresland, renowned safety guru Trevor Kletz and director of the Mary K. O'Connor Process Safety Centre at Texas A&M University, US, Sam Mannan. IChemE first staged its Hazards conference in 1960 and in September the first Hazards Asia Pacific event takes place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

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