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  • Cyber security for senior managers

    01 December 2021

    Cyber security attacks continue to be widely reported in the media. Among the latest high-profile cases is the Colonial Pipeline attack. However, any business, regardless of size, is susceptible to cyber security breaches. It is the responsibility of business leaders to ensure that appropriate measures are in place to reduce the threat....

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  • Passive fire protection – how much do we really need?

    01 December 2021

    When a steel structure is subject to the high temperatures of a fire, it starts to soften. Left long enough and the structure will eventually collapse. Applying sufficient passive fire protection (PFP) on topside structural steel members is critical....

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  • The ultimate guide to chemical storage ventilation

    01 December 2021

    Flammable substances and liquids are used in most laboratory, academic, pharmaceutical and industrial environments, but storage of these materials improperly can pose a great risk to personnel, the public and property....

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  • Are you documenting Ex repairs?

    01 December 2021

    Wherever there are gaseous atmospheres and dust, there is the potential for explosions with disastrous results. It is easy to see why legislation relating to hazardous areas and ensuring it is followed is important....

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  • European downstream safety performance in 2020

    02 November 2021

    Concawe, the European downstream industry organisation, published its downstream oil industry safety performance report earlier this year. This article is based on selected sections of the report and provides comparisons with the industry’s safety performance over previous years....

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Minimising risk, lead times and cost of implementing safety instrumented systems 02 November 2021

Plant and worker safety is paramount within process industries, but building and implementing safety instrumented systems can be complex and challenging. Sergio Diaz, Product Marketing Manager for process safety systems at Emerson explains how pre-engineered hardware solutions can simplify project execution, helping to save valuable time and resources....

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The importance of competence in an evolving industry 02 November 2021

Ensuring a competent and adaptable workforce in an ever-changing industry has never been so crucial. Huw Bement, Director of Certification body CompEx, discusses the pivotal role competency plays in delivering good quality work safely, as well as why creating a pipeline of flexible, multi-skilled trade professionals is more important than ever....

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Gas safety in the workplace 02 November 2021

Gas safety is a topic that is rising up the agenda in many industries. Already a key priority area for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), it is widely expected that regulations in relation to gas safety will come under increasing – and stricter – focus in the future, particularly with ever-increasing attention on environmental considerations and the introduction of new and lesser known fuels, such as hydrogen, driving awareness of the topic....

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Leveraging process safety to optimise capital project risk reduction and cost 04 October 2021

While the sustainable energy market boom is attracting most international headlines, the petrochemical market, which supports nearly 2 million jobs worldwide, continues to quietly expand to meet growing demand (Figure 1). The petrochemical market forms a key part of Europe’s economy with new facilities such as the INEOS Project One in Lillo, Antwerp that is being called the most energy-efficient ethylene cracker in Europe....

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Key lessons from incidents related to alarm management 04 October 2021

In this Safety Lore written by the IChemE Safety Centre (ISC), key learning points from two incidents are discussed and suggestions are made using the ISC framework to highlight what can be done to achieve good process safety outcomes....

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