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Hazardex explosion prevention regional conferences 2013 - Dartford

12 November 2013

The next HazardEx in the Regions one-day conference & exhibition will be staged in Dartford, Kent, on 27th November 2013. Programme announced.

Delegates listening to the HSE
Delegates listening to the HSE

The programme will be a mix of industry experts, the HSE, the UKPIA and end users presenting their knowledge and first hand experiences with regard to how their plant operates safely. Despite global legal directives and increased knowledge & awareness, incidents continue to occur due to oversight, disregard of the safety stipulations & requirements and essentially human error.

Attend to hear from the HSE, UKPIA and other influential speakers giving the latest updates on safe operations in hazardous areas across the UK. Subjects covered will include legislation, functional safety, SILs, risk assessment and maintenance

Attendees will be engineers from the major process industries to include Oil & Gas, Pharmaceutical, Chemical, Energy & Utilities etc. Essentially anywhere dust, vapour or gas can become an explosion risk hazard. 

A key feature of this event will be its hazardous area training seminar programme.

Papers will include:

HSE - Health and Safety Executive

Leigh Williams - Specialist Inspector of Health and Safety - Electrical Power Systems and EC&I Ignition Hazards

The presentation will focus on common issues found during proactive intervention relating to the management of EC&I ignition sources at both large and small scale chemical manufacturing facilities. Whilst the focus will be on the life cycle management of EC&I assets within hazardous areas the presentation will also highlight common deficiencies associated with control measures used to reduce the ignition risk associated with lighting and static electricity. Reference will be made throughout the presentation to relevant benchmark standards in this area (IEC 60079 series, EEMUA 189, EI CoP Part 1, PD/CLC TR 50404, BS EN 62305 series etc).

Peter Davidson UKPIA

Promoting and improving process safety is not only the responsibility of organisations and regulators, but also of the sector – we are only as good as our weakest performer. 

Sector level process safety is way of working that aims to set in place a process by which we can achieve a proactive industry, one that encourages continuous improvement through learning from itself and others. UKPIA’s solution to this challenge is its Assuring Safety strategy, comprising of three key principles: Working Together, Encouraging Excellence, Sharing and Learning. 

This presentation describes each of these principles and how they combine to drive improvement.

Dr Jeremy Smallwood

The new 60079-32-1 guidance on avoiding electrostatic hazards. 

A new guidance document on electrostatic hazards in industrial processes and situations has been published by IEC TC30. The new document has been developed from the now familiar European CLC/TR50404 document with considerable additions and development from experts and similar documents from around the world. The document gives a wealth of practical information on static control and how to avoid electrostatic risks in common industrial situations. 

The use of conductive and dissipative materials in static control and common measures used in handling of solids, powders, liquids and gases are covered. A chapter is included on control of electrostatic charging of people in industrial situations, and another on avoidance of electrostatic shocks to personnel. Practical earthing and bonding of plant is covered. The fundamentals of static electricity as applied to static control in flammable atmosphere areas is summarised in an Annex. 

Gas Detection – Loss of Primary Containment

The Process Safety Leadership Group (PSLG) Final Report on the Buncefield fuel storage site incident in December 2005 is quite clear in it’s recommendations with respect to current and future fuel storage facilities. The main purpose of the report is to specify the minimum standards of control, which should be in place at all facilities storing large volumes of gasoline.

This presentation by Draeger will give a hint on the link between recommendation No’s 3 and 13 of the PSLG Final Report as follows;

Under recommendation No. 3, operators should protect against loss of containment by fitting a high integrity, automatic overfill protection system (AOPS). This system should be IEC 61511 compliant.

Additionally, under recommendation No. 13, operators should employ measures to detect hazardous conditions arising from loss of containment, including the presence of high levels of flammable vapours in secondary containment. To do this, the report points to the use of gas detectors within the bund. Furthermore, the report asks for a relationship between the AOPS and the gas detection system to limit the extent of further loss. It is also expected that the gas detection system should be SIL compliant.
Pepperl & Fuchs

Intrinsic safety is one of, if not the safest method of ignition protection and thus favoured in the process industry. Working on intrinsically safe electrical connections can never ignite a potentially hazardous atmosphere. Its inherent downside is the very low available power of typically 2W. 

DART - Dynamic Arc Recognition and Termination is an approach to intrinsic safety where the related components and barriers detect a spark in its onset and extinguish it before it becomes incendive. This paper explains the technical details of DART, the first implementation into real products and the benefits derived by all stakeholders from inception to maintenance of process automation with fieldbus.

To complement the one day conference (fee required, contact us for details), there will be a specialist exhibition alongside it with free access, offering a range of products & services to all visitors.


  Sponsored by 

  Draeger Safety UK

  Pepperl & Fuchs UK

  Other exhibitors include



   Electrostatic Solutions


   Hima Sella


   For further information on bookings, delegate or exhibiting fees

  Contact: Russell Goater


  Telephone: +44 (0) 1732 359990


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