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IChemE 23rd Hazards Symposium (Hazards XXIII), 12-15 November 2012, Southport, UK

07 November 2012

There are now just a few days left to register for Hazards XXIII, IChemE's flagship process safety conference and a must-attend event for those working in high hazard industries. The conference will examine the latest challenges facing the process industries, with a strong focus on safety culture and human factors. 

Today's process industries benefit from a multitude of sophisticated safety management systems. As such, it should be possible to deliver an attractive financial return without causing undue harm to the workforce, inventory, environment or the public at large. However, as recent incidents across the globe have revealed, it is clear that there is still much room for improvement.

Workshops and programme:

The conference includes keynote addresses from Quentin Baker, Steve Flynn and Judith Hackitt and a variety of technical presentations from a range of international operators, regulators and academia. 

Highlights include plenary presentations from HSL on the causes of major accidents in the last decade, an outline of corporate governance in process safety from the OECD and the CCPS will present lessons learned from catastrophic events. Visit: to view the full technical programme and access the abstracts for each presentation. 

Hazards XXIII also offers attendees a selection of pre conference workshops from IChemE - Leading Process Safety Improvement, ABB Consulting and Human Reliability Associates.

International keynote line-up:

A variety of process safety topics will be covered in the keynote presentations at Hazards XXIII. 

Judith Hackitt, chair of the UK HSE, will focus on the needs for engineers to effectively present the process safety business case to senior managers and the executive board. Hackitt will highlight the importance of developing and maintaining a rigid measuring and reporting culture to include key metrics for presentation to senior management teams.

Quentin Baker, president of Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants, will present the goals and challenges facing organisations operating high hazard facilities. His address focuses primarily on conduction of R&D activities which include intentional combustion and explosions  and how various risk management strategies can be deployed to effectively control these events in a hazardous environment.    

Steve Flynn, head of health, safety, security and environment, BP, concludes the opening  keynote session with his perspective on how both BP and the global industry as a whole have sought to apply the learning's from Deepwater Horizon. Flynn will examine the development of new capabilities for preventing and responding to spills and share data on the early observations on the impact of the spill and restoration efforts

Registrations and reduced rates:

Members of IChemE and co-sponsoring organisations benefit from reduced rates, corporate discounts are also available for companies wishing to send two or more delegates.

For further information or to register click on the link below.

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