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  • Embracing AI's transformative role in training high-risk sectors

    09 April 2024

    The landscape of training in high-risk industries like oil and gas, renewables and industrials, is undergoing a monumental shift, in part due to the nature of the industries themselves, but also in reaction to events like the pandemic....

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  • Drone-based gas leak detection is helping to cut methane emissions

    09 April 2024

    Methane emissions from natural gas pipelines are a growing issue for oil and gas operators. In a bid to meet tough climate change targets, the industry is now exploring the benefits of airborne gas analyzer systems. Gary Egerton, Sales Manager - Process Gas Analyser Team for ABB Measurement & Analytics in the UK, explains how drones provide a highly effective platform to help operators sniff out methane leaks....

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  • Toll processing and contract management for hazardous materials

    09 April 2024

    As technology evolves, the economy tightens and regulations become stricter, businesses across the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors are outsourcing their chemical management processes to third parties. Doing so provides access to state-of-the-art technology, facilities, and expertise. Even so, many are worried about losing control of their products, pricing, or processes, which is why it’s important to understand what different partners can offer and the ways they can work with you....

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  • Maximising safety during a turnaround

    09 April 2024

    Turnarounds at oil and gas refineries, chemical plants, power facilities and other industrial facilities are necessary events that require significant planning. They are essential to keeping all equipment performing at its best. These preventive maintenance times, usually occurring in the spring or autumn when the weather is mildest, can last from weeks to months....

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  • Transforming process safety performance

    08 April 2024

    Developing strong process safety performance often requires a shift in organisational culture – so how should employers bring about this transformation and why is it necessary? What follows is an attempt to identify the main stages along the journey to best-in-class process safety performance, based on my nearly 50 years of experience in the high-hazard industries....

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Understanding and handling alternative fuels 15 March 2024

The changing landscape of energy consumption makes the need for alternative fuels ever more pressing. Yet moving beyond fossil fuels poses challenges across all industry sectors. A thorough understanding of alternative fuels – including their properties, drawbacks and benefits – is needed to overcome these challenges....

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Navigating the regulatory complexities of hazmat transportation 15 March 2024

For decades, industry has moved along in the background of public life. Companies and regulators have worked behind the scenes to ensure that hazardous – but critical – materials got from point A to point B safe, intact, and on-time to keep our cities and towns moving. However, the specifics of transporting hazardous materials (hazmat) around the country and the world has recently captured public attention....

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Safety in jet-pulse dust collectors 15 March 2024

When considering fire and explosion prevention in combustible dust environments, a key area of focus is looking at the nature and number of incidents that have happened after an apparent electrostatic discharge and attempt to establish whether filter bags and filter bag cages were potential ignition sources....

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Top ways to measure safety culture 15 March 2024

Surveys and statistics are sometimes overused or even misused in an attempt to measure safety culture. For a reliable assessment of where your organisation stands, diversification and refinement may be in order. This article discusses the most effective approaches to evaluating safety culture and points out the pitfalls along the way....

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Mitigating risks by employing a competent workforce 12 March 2024

Businesses manufacturing products in the food and beverage industry often have hidden risks in terms of the materials and equipment that are used, creating potential hazards, that necessitate a heightened level of awareness and specialised training through certification bodies. However, the current landscape of this industry reveals an evident lack of understanding regarding these risks, leaving workers vulnerable to potential dangers....

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