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Consequence modelling for effective pipeline emergency response planning 14 January 2022

A comprehensive emergency response plan (ERP) is a crucial component of pipeline safety management for protecting the public and property surrounding pipelines that contain hazardous materials. But what constitutes a comprehensive ERP for pipeline emergencies?...

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Battery technology for hazardous environments 14 January 2022

Batteries have become a huge part of our lives with their use in everyday items such as mobile phones and laptops and this trend looks set to continue with their ever-increasing use in this data-driven era and push to move to electric vehicles. In this article, Luke Halton – Electronics & Control Engineering Lead with Ex Dynamics – examines the factors relevant to choosing the correct battery technology required in hazardous area product development....

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Key lessons from incidents related to dust explosions 14 January 2022

In this Safety Lore written by the IChemE Safety Centre (ISC), key learning points from two dust-related 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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How strong is your safety culture? 12 January 2022

Any business that has hazardous areas on site should have stringent health and safety policies in place – but policies and protocols are merely the foundations and cannot create a truly safe workplace alone. Instead, safety must become embedded within a company’s culture, to ensure that everyone is always looking after themselves and their colleagues. ...

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Deconstructing Organisational Culture: Understanding its component parts improves safety and performance 11 January 2022

While there is general agreement that an organisation’s culture plays a decisive role in its failure or success, how to influence cultural factors is not as well understood. Research conducted over the past several years seems to point to six dimensions or areas that directly impact company culture. These are the keys that unlock the mystery of organisational culture and help point the way to cultural improvement....

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What is a pressure transmitter? 05 January 2022

The pressure Transmitter. A commonly used instrument, but why? In this article, we try to answer what a pressure transmitter is and why it is so commonly used....

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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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