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HazardEx in the Regions – Aberdeen

Event: HazardEx in the Regions – Aberdeen
Date: 22 September 2010
Type: Seminar & exhibition
Location: Aberdeen, UK
Description: HazardEx is pleased to announce that the very popular HazardEx in the Regions seminars are to return!

The first in the series will be staged in Aberdeen on 22nd September at the Thistle hotel right by the international airport.

To attend the event as a delegate, please contact our bookings desk by clicking this link or telephone Russell Goater on +44 1732 359990 stating your requirements.

The programme will be a mix of industry experts 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.

Training key staff has long been general practice, but when it comes to safety, particularly in hazardous areas it is essential that all personnel are well equipped with knowledge of operational directives to ensure their safety and protect the plant from potential destruction.

Papers include -
An approach to safety in the petroleum refining industry;
Essential requirements in order to safely manage explosion protected equipment installed in potentially explosive or flammable atmospheres;
Process safety culture;
Trends in international standards/new IECEx competency scheme;Offshore plant process safety challenges

Robert Paterson, Health, Safety and Employment Issues Director, Oil and Gas UK

Robert Paterson is Oil & Gas UK's Health, Safety and Employment Issues Director. Robert is responsible for managing and coordinating development of industry policy for a wide range of health, safety, employment and skills issues on behalf of the industry including those relating to asset integrity, helicopter safety and business continuity. He is also on the Step Change in Safety Leadership Team - the offshore industry flagship initiative for safety.

Synopsis of the paper
Roberts's presentation will review safety in the offshore sector, and in particular consider the safety impact of the Mocando blow out in the Gulf of Mexico on the UKCS and how the UK offshore industry is responding to those challenges.

Peter Davidson, Process Safety Programme Manager, UK Petroleum Industry Association

Peter Davidson is the Process Safety Program Manager for the UK Petroleum Industry Association, tasked with promoting process safety through the implementation of the association’s process safety commitment and the Process Safety Leadership Groups (PSLG) Principles for Process Safety. Peter also chairs the PSLG practitioners group, which aims to ensure a consistent implementation of the final PSLG report. Prior to joining UKPIA in January 2009, Peter worked as the Regulatory Compliance Manager for ABB UK, specialising in the delivery of automation systems to highly regulated industries, including Petrochemical, Pharmaceutical and Nuclear.

Synopsis of the paper
Recent incidents at Buncefield and Texas City have shown that there are many lessons learned that may have relevance to other industry sectors. A willingness by industry to openly discuss and review significant process safety events is critical to ensuring that we maintain a learning culture within our organisations. The Process Safety Forum, established in January 2009, is an example of how different industry sectors are addressing this challenge. One of the key roles of this pan-sector forum is to understand and develop a mechanism by which high level learnings can be shared between organisations, providing a mechanism by which we can effectively learn from ourselves and from others, and in doing so contributing to a reduction in the risk of potential incidents.
The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the role of the Process Safety Forum, and describe the development of the mechanism for sharing of high level learnings between industry sectors

Peter Slamaker, Integrity & Compliance Management Ltd

With over 30 years experience in the selection, installation & maintenance of explosion protected EX equipment within the Oil & Gas Industry and having delivering numerous lectures on the subject at major industry events throughout the world, Peter Slamaker is widely recognised as an expert in asset integrity and Ex equipment management.

Peter moved to Aberdeen in 1986 with Marathon Oil and later joined Aker Kvaerner managing their offshore Ex inspection capability. He studied for 3 years at Aberdeen University graduating with an MSc in Project Management.

Integrity & Compliance Management was formed in 2004, specialising initially in all aspects of Ex equipment management including independent Ex audits & health-checks, maintenance strategy development together with ATEX/DSEAR compliance & awareness training.

Synopsis of the paper
This presentation looks at the management of explosion protected (Ex) equipment and addresses three basic elements that should be in place in order to ensure the equipment remains in a safe working condition:

An Ex equipment inventory;
Technician competency;
Regular maintenance.

An Ex inventory containing the details of all installed Ex items should be maintained on site and kept up to date; technicians should be given the necessary training to ensure they are competent to select, install and maintain Ex equipment; and finally the equipment should receive the correct amount of maintenance for it to remain in a safe condition throughout its lifetime i.e. the correct grade and frequency of intervention.

The presentation carefully considers each of these three elements in turn and provides practical advice on current implementation methods.

John A Cockburn-Evans, Dupont Sustainable Solutions, DuPont (UK) Limited

John is a Process Engineer by profession who has worked in the chemical and process industry for 24 years. He began working for BASF on Teesside in the early eighties on process development and projects in petrochem, moving on to site engineering roles with. He has been with DuPont for 17 years, leading various capital projects and maintenance and service outsourcing initiatives. Throughout these assignments, he has been heavily involved in and led Process Safety Management initiatives. More recently, he has worked in a UK Chemical Site, developing Manufacturing Excellence Processes using Toyota Lean Principles, and implementing a Corporate Production System.

Synopsis of the paper
Although off-shore drilling is a high-tech business, it is essentially a messy, heavily mechanical operation dealing with volatile products in extreme conditions. Repetitive work, long shifts and extended stays away from home can lead to complacency. Though off-shore drillers understand the importance of safety, they tend to concentrate on unsafe conditions rather than unsafe acts, thereby increasing operational risk and the potential for major incidents. To mitigate these risks, DuPont has established an operational risk management methodology that applies specific systems and controls to drilling processes so that hazards are identified, understood and controlled. This makes it possible to protect personnel from injury and prevent significant environmental harm, property damage, and business losses, while furthering the ability to achieve performance objectives.
The system involves the reduction of risk within three focus areas: facilities, technology and personnel. Underpinning these focus areas are 14 process elements, such as process hazard analysis, quality assurance and training, each of which enhances risk management. This paper will discuss specific actions and processes based on DuPont best practices that can be implemented by off-shore drilling companies to reduce risk and streamline operations. The paper will also provide recommendations on improving the safety context, as well as implementation of mechanisms that ensure sustainability.

Debnath Pal, Process Director, Stopford Projects

Deb Pal is the Process Director of Stopford Projects and holds a BEng degree in Chemical Engineering. He became a Chartered Chemical Engineer in 1999 and was elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers in 2009. He started his career in the Paper Industry working in a variety of roles from process troubleshooting, Project Management and Technical Management.
He joined Stopford Projects as the Process Engineering Manager in 1999 and became it’s Process Director in 2003. An area of responsibility is the development of Stopford’s consultancy capabilties, which has extended significantly over the past 5 years, especially in the area of Process Safety.
Deb has written and delivered bespoke training courses for clients and several seminars organised by the Institute of Chemical Engineers in the areas of Explosive Atmospheres, Dust Explosions, Process Risk Assessments and the requirements for Safety Instrumented Systems for safety critical systems on process plant.

Synopsis of the paper
The growing recognition of the effect of carbon dioxide emissions on global warming has sparked development of a number of technologies for reducing the impact of energy production. One of the technologies emerging is that of waste being used to generate energy, and specifically the use of gasification to create a syngas for use in generation of electricity and potentially usable heat. The aim of this project has been to ensure the safe design of new waste to energy plants, by applying the methods established for hazardous process plant design.
The Energy industry has a well defined specific set of safety issues relating to combustion, steam pressure, turbines, generators and power distribution, which are well understood and well controlled with techniques and standards in place. However, the introduction of Gasification Waste to Energy introduces a whole new series of safety issues more akin to chemical process plants. The objective is to incorporate the skills applied in the Process Industry to ensure, as far as possible, that the emerging waste to energy industry evolves safely. The cross industry co-operation will result in a quicker, safer implementation of the new technology, greatly reducing the risk of a catastrophic incident, and subsequent devastating impact on those directly affected, but which could also have a disastrous effect on a whole emerging industry sector.

Bob Cooper, Sira Certification

Bob Cooper is the Technical Director of Sira Certification Service and is responsible for a number of certification and inspection schemes including three personnel certification schemes.
Bob joined Sira over twenty years ago and has held various posts within the organisation since then. During his career, he has specialized in metrology, instrument testing, laboratory management and certification.
Bob is an Incorporated Engineer (I Eng) and a member of the Institute of Measurement and Control (M Inst MC).

Synopsis of the paper
The IECEx Certification of Personnel Competence scheme provides global Ex industries with a single system for the assessment and qualification of persons meeting the competence prerequisites needed to properly implement the safety requirements when working in potentially explosive atmospheres.
Sira Certification Service, one of the first Certification Bodies to undergo assessment to be an approved organization to provide IECEx Competence Certification, will deliver a paper in relation to the IECEx Certification of Personnel Competence scheme

Please contact us as below if you are interested in attending the seminar as a delegate as soon as possible to secure allocation as we anticipate this event to fill up very quickly.

The lead sponsor for the seminar is Sira Test & Certification who will be giving a paper on the new IECEx Competence Scheme.

Other sponsors are Turck Banner, Werma UK, MOOG, Bedford Opto Technologies, Turner Explosion Protection Systems, Dialight, and Weidmuller.

Exhibiting partners: Alpine Components, Bartec, Cooper Crouse-Hinds,Ecom, e2s, Siemens, Integrity & Compliance Management, STL International & STS Technology.

To attend the event as a delegate, please contact our bookings desk by clicking this link or telephone Russell Goater on +44 1732 359990 stating your requirements.
Organiser: Hazardex Group
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