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Hazardex in the Regions - Aberdeen

Event: Hazardex in the Regions - Aberdeen
Date: 08 October 2014
Type: Conference and Exhibition
Location: Aberdeen, UK
Description: Hazardex is pleased to announce that the popular Hazardex in the Regions conference & exhibitions are to run again in 2014 & 2015.

They are aimed at hazardous operations personnel in the process industries and will take place in areas convenient for the oil & gas, pharmaceutical, chemical, utilities, new energy and food & beverage industries.

The first in the series will be staged at the Airport Thistle Hotel in Aberdeen in October 2014, with others scheduled in the following months at venues in England and Wales.

Senior UK HSE & UKPIA staff are already confirmed speakers for these events, and details of other presentations from industry experts and end users will be made available shortly.
Papers include: (but not actual running order)

Simon Brown - Health & Safety Executive HID Energy Division - Offshore
'The introduction in early 2015 of the HSE's E,C&I Delivery Guide'

The HSE Energy Division will present the newly developed operational delivery (inspection) guides for offshore oil and gas installations. These will be used by offshore inspectors (including E,C&I specialist inspectors) to guide their Inspections.

The presentation will explain the rationale behind the guides. It will also cover the scope of the guides and an important element of scoring performance and how that will be used for targeting inspector resource in future planning.

The session will be useful to all companies that operate offshore oil and gas installations. It will also be an opportunity for discussion and for companies to provide an input and influence the future direction of the guides and how HSE inspects in future.

Peter Davidson - Director UKPIA; Safety, Commercial & Projects
'Better Regulation Review – A new approach to COMAH Regulation in the UK'

The Better Regulation Executive (BRE) was established by HMG in 2012 to help to reduce the impact of regulation on Business. For the chemicals and downstream oil industries, this followed comments raised during both the Lofstedt report in 2011 and the subsequent chemical sector review in 2012. The BRE challenged the regulator and industry to develop a series of measures to improve the efficiency of COMAH regulation in the UK. The measures developed include ensuring a more joined Competent Authority – with one agency lead for COMAH, and the need to consider recognition and performance when developing intervention plans. These new measures will be rolled out to all COMAH operators in Q4 2014. The purpose of this presentation is to explain what these measures are and how they may affect you.

Richard Barnes - Chairman, Fieldbus Foundation UK
'The application of FOUNDATION Fieldbus and the intelligent field towards improving safety in hazardous area process plant.'

FF was designed for use within the process industry and the hardware specification has always had hazardous area implementation in mind. But how exactly does the application of the technology work to reduce risk to workers and increase productiveness? This paper/presentation will address how FF design and its application can streamline the work procedures and increase data available to make informed business decisions based upon asset status and device degradation information.

Neil Smith - COGENT & National Skills Academy Process Safety Management
"Influencing change: our journey towards excellence in process safety."

This paper aims to provide a brief historical perspective on the PSM programme, highlighting the strength of stakeholder support, recognising where the take-up has been good and putting the spotlight on where the difficulties in engagement still lie.

Paul Burns - His story
'Complacent Consequences'

Explained from the perspective of the injured party how a complacent attitude towards health and safety for one task on one day resulted in horrific injuries for one employee for life.
' Told as it was ' in layman's terms. No pointing the finger of blame at any individual or company. Just how this accident / injury happened and could have been avoided.
Where lessons can be learnt. That when a complacent attitude is present it can and does result in debilitating injuries for an employee.

NB - Due to the frank nature of the talk and the visual content some attendees may find some scenes disturbing.

Doug Longstaff - Draeger
'Innovative Visual Flame Detection'

Do flames result in explosions or do explosions result in flames? Both are possible, but to visualise via real-time CCTV images of what is actually happening is a tremendous benefit and a contribution to safety and as a guard against needing to send people into the hazardous area.

Historically, the detection principle for flame detection has been based upon energy radiation from an open flame. However, with the advances in CCD technology, the combination of software algorithms and simply a different operational process.

This talk offers an introduction to the innovative approach of visual flame detection.

Event sponsored by:
Fieldbus Foundation UK

A complimentary exhibition from product & service suppliers to these industries will run alongside the conference at each event.

Other Exhibitors include:
Arnlea Systems Ltd
Cogent National Skills Academy
C&P Engineering
Motion Software Ltd
Pepperl & Fuchs GB

Hazardex in the Regions conferences are designed to be an affordable way for process industry managers and specialists to gain access to the latest information on hazardous area operations, regulation and other topics vital for successful and safe plant management.

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