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Hazardex 2016 Conference programme

18 February 2016

The Hazardex 2016 International Conference took place on February 24 and 25. The keynote speakers were Paul Logan, Head of the Chemicals, Explosives and Microbiological Hazards Division at HSE/HID and Ann Rosbrook, Head of Safety Engineering at Total E&P UK, who co-presented with her colleague George Petrie. Details of the presentations are available below. 

The presentations and running order were as follows:

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Wednesday 24 February   Day 1 – Standards, regulation & science


Maintaining safe growth in challenging times

Paul Logan, Head - Chemicals, Explosives and Microbiological Hazards Division, Hazardous Installations Directorate, UK Health & Safety Executive

IEC 61511 Ed 2.0: Key changes

Simon Brown, independent consultant and formerly Principal Specialist Inspector, Health & Safety Executive (HSE)

Development of an ISO standard for performance of PFP post-blast 

Paul Cronin - DNV GL

Environmental risk guidelines for COMAH plants
Jon Eudall – Ramboll


Stream 1

Maintenance and use of non-electrical equipment in ex atmospheres
Michael Brimble – HSEC  

Ignition of flammable atmospheres by mechanical stimuli
Dr Jim Ingram – EFRG

The next step towards Zero?

Lyn Fernie – Hima 

Safety of analyser houses 

Peter Pergande – EEMUA 

Stream 2

Next major hazard challenge - Detonation 

Vincent Tam – DNV GL 

Multi-tank firefighting strategy 

Gary Douthwaite – CFB Risk Management  

Five tips to make your hazardous area equipment inspections more efficient and effective

Steve Pearson – Phusion IM 

How to assess electric arc hazards and protect staff
Elaina Harvey - DuPont


Thursday 25 February   Day 2 – Functional safety & safety culture


Safety Critical Tasks : Identification of human error to control risks from major accident hazards
George Petrie, Lead Human Factors Engineer & Ann Rosbrook, Head of Safety Engineering, TOTAL E&P UK

Functional safety culture in the process industries: twelve years after IEC61511 Ed 1.0

Tino Vande Capelle – GMI

What's next for ageing assets & Future proofing for decommissioning
Andrew Duncan CEng, Lead Consultant, Materials &Corrosion Engineering & Richard Smith, Senior Engineer, HazardousLocations, Intertek

Functional safety applied to ageing assets

Colin Easton – Prosalus 


How is judgement of functional safety being made?
Paul Reeve – Silmetric  

Will partial valve stroke testing lead to a higher SIL?
Hassan EL-Sayed – CSA Group   


Seminars linked to the Hazardex conference:

1. In the same hotel the evening before the Hazardex 2016 conference and exhibition:

Institute of Measurement and Control seminar

Presentation: New ATEX Directive and developments within IECEx

Time: 18:30, 23 February 2016

Presenter: Ron Sinclair – IECEx Ex-SFC Chair & Technical Manager, SGS Baseefa 

CPD: attendance gives 1 CPD point

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2. On the afternoon of the first day of the Hazardex 2016 conference and exhibition:

Workshop: Is your field sensor architecture SAFE and AVAILABLE?

Time: 14:00, 24 February 2016

Presenter: Tino Vande Capelle, Senior Functional Safety Expert (TÜV Rheinland 109/05)

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3. In the morning of the second day of the Hazardex 2016 conference and exhibition:

Workshop: Hazardous Area Classification to the latest standards - an opportunity for cost savings

Time: 11.30, 25 February 2016

Presenter: Peter Hodgson - Safety Consultant, ABB
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Conference proceedings will be will be chaired by Lee Alford, Operations Manager at the European Process Safety Centre (EPSC) and Hazardex Editor Alan Franck.

If you wish to register to attend the exhibition as a visitor or book to be a conference delegate please contact: or click here

More information regarding the 2016 exhibition - click here

Hazardex 2016

Holiday Inn, Runcorn, Cheshire, UK

24th & 25th February

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