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Overcoming common misconceptions around SIL ratings 01 December 2023

Major industrial accidents worldwide, like the Bhopal chemical plant disaster, have occurred due to insufficient and poorly designed safety systems. Safety Integrity Level (SIL) ratings were first introduced as part of IEC 61508 in 1998 and seek to quantify the probability of dangerous system failure. Here Gary Bradshaw, Director of critical alarm specialist Omniflex, explains how SIL ratings work and the dangers of the misconceptions that exist around them....

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Is intrinsic safety just for very low power applications? 20 November 2023

Intrinsic safety explosion protection limits the spark and thermal energy in a hazardous area to below the level which can cause ignition of a gas or the combustion of a dust. By definition it is a low power technique which provides the highest level of electrical equipment protection in a flammable atmosphere....

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Digitising Process Safety Management to help answer: “Are we safe or are we lucky?” 20 November 2023

The introduction of a formal Process Safety Management (PSM) framework will unequivocally help organisations manage process safety effectively. This can be enhanced by the implementation of and supported by digital tools and auditing to provide a systematic and robust approach for the management of process safety in all major hazard industries and operations....

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Gas leaks: how to pick the right tool to protect people, plants, and the planet? 20 November 2023

Undetected gas leaks cause ethical, ecological, and economic concerns. With the right leak detection solution in place, industrial plants can mitigate risks and maintain profitability. The alignment of technology with their specific challenges is the key....

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European downstream safety performance in 2022 16 November 2023

In August, European downstream industry organisation Concawe published its latest annual report on the industry's safety performance in 2022. The statistical summary of reported incidents presents crucial data from 40 of its Member Companies and Joint Ventures (comprising member entities) collectively constituting over 96% of the refining capacity in the EU-27, UK, Norway, and Switzerland....

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Enhance your industrial maintenance productivity with rugged tech solutions 15 November 2023

Uptime is often the simplest primary performance metric in high-volume industrial manufacturing and operations. A programme or product’s profitability centres around making the part as efficient as possible. As a result, machine downtime negatively impacts overall equipment effectiveness (OEE)....

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Process safety: managing risk in high-hazard industries 14 November 2023

While accidents and injuries can occur in any workplace, those who work in certain industries face greater risks than others. Some examples of high-risk industries include nuclear power, oil & gas, and chemical. If you work in any of these fields, especially as a manager or supervisor, it’s critical that you have a process safety plan in place to protect yourself and your team....

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Earthing conductors for electrostatic hazard avoidance 24 October 2023

Electrostatic problems can occur in many different industries, processes and circumstances. The most widely experienced problems are fires and explosions due to ignition of flammable materials, shocks to personnel, disruption (upset) of working electronic systems and damage to unprotected electronic components and assemblies. These issues are caused by electrostatic discharges (ESD)....

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Five key challenges to workplace safety in 2023 24 October 2023

Businesses and employees across the UK are facing a raft of challenges in 2023, from the increasing impact of the cost of living crisis facing individuals and families, to an ever-growing pressure on businesses to focus on environmental and sustainability issues as the UK moves towards its Net Zero goals....

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Gas hazards within cargo containers used in the shipping industry 24 October 2023

Cargo shipping is an essential part of the global economy, as the vast majority of all goods shipped between continents are transported via container ships. The shipping industry does not only supply billions of us with wares as well as giving occupation to many, but is also an integral component of globalisation as a whole. However, cargo transportation comes with several dangers....

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