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To avert human errors, the oil & gas industry needs better learning and procedure management 11 July 2023

For decades, the oil and gas industry has prioritised investments in technologies aimed at enhancing equipment availability, efficiencies, and capacities. Yet, there has been a noticeable lack of investment dedicated to improving human performance and retaining knowledge, a gap that has resulted in costly consequences....

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Purge & pressurization: an overview of proposed changes to IEC standard 60079-2 04 July 2023

With multiple protection options for hazardous area equipment that may cause ignition, engineers must determine the most cost-effective method to mitigate the risks, while ensuring compliance with local certification schemes and standards, such as UKEX, ATEX, IEC, and many others....

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The ageing challenge of hazardous installations 04 July 2023

In this article, Romualdo Marrazzo from ISPRA (Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research) presents examples of how organisations manage the issue of ageing asset problems through specific procedures oriented to “asset integrity management”. The article will also describe the results of Safety Management System (SMS) inspections, where weaknesses emerged with reference to ageing and asset integrity of the hazardous installations inspected....

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The environmental considerations for decommissioning Brownfield land for development 04 July 2023

As the demand for affordable property rises across the country, developers are looking to brownfield sites as a creative solution to the UK housing crisis. The transformation of brownfield land to family homes or retirement communities can be a lucrative leap for both builders and site owners. However, the greatest risk for these developments is from what is in the ground, meaning the process presents considerable time, cost, and environmental risks....

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Maintaining a safe steam system with proper trap management 04 July 2023

Steam remains one of the most widely used energy sources for powering today’s industrial plants, due in part to its efficiency, cost and relative safety. However, as with all power sources, dangers lurk and can arise if a steam system is not maintained properly. From burn injuries and explosion hazards to environmental disasters and property damage, the list of potential dangers is long. But those dangers can typically sprout up from a common problem: a faulty steam trap....

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Process safety leadership – what have we learnt? 13 June 2023

When considering process safety incidents, including many of the most high-profile safety occurrences, it is clear that leadership failures are a significant causal factor irrespective of industry or sector. Therefore, an active and continuous focus on leadership is essential to ensure that risks are not only properly managed but also understood....

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Empowering hazardous industries with Unmanned Aircraft Systems 13 June 2023

When it comes to hazardous environments, such as oil and gas infrastructure, petrochemical plants, and mining facilities, safety and operational efficiency are always top priorities. The high costs associated with operating these types of facilities, however, means that it is essential to ensure everything is running smoothly and according to a full and comprehensive risk strategy. But how can Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) be used to overcome current issues facing various highly hazardous envi...

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Why reeling operations will be critical to the FPSO sector’s success 13 June 2023

The oil and gas sector will be indispensable in the midst of energy security and affordability challenges. But with continued pressure to manage costs, how can it maximise new opportunities in a way that is both safe and commercially sustainable?...

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Prevention is better than cure 13 June 2023

Storage tank linings are designed to withstand chemical resistance, high temperatures and high pressure, as well as mechanical abrasion. Michael Harrison, Global Product Director for Linings at Sherwin-Williams, explains the importance of using the correct lining and how working with an expert manufacturer can ensure state-of-the-art application and inspection support....

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Batteries: why certification matters 30 May 2023

As the battery sector changes quickly, with an increasing number of emerging players and novel technologies, this disruption presents both risks and opportunities for existing suppliers as well as new market entrants. To succeed in this dynamic environment, companies need to have a clear strategy that addresses the unique challenges of this industry, including early and thorough planning for their products’ regulatory compliance....

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