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Hazardex 2021 Awards for Excellence – Nomination period extended 23 February 2021

The 2021 Hazardex International Conference and Exhibition is taking place on 6th & 7th October 2021 at the Hilton Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, UK and will once again feature the industry’s most prestigious awards evening. The 2021 Hazardex Awards for Excellence will include six categories for which nominations are now open!...

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Norwegian company fined £2 million for 2019 hydrogen fuel station explosion 22 February 2021

Norwegian hydrogen company Nel has been fined 25 million Norwegian krone (£2 million) for an explosion at a hydrogen fuel station in Sandvika, near Oslo in June 2019. In a statement, Nel said that two of its units had received fines relating to the incident in which three people were injured after a hydrogen gas leak ignited....

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Second fatal gold mine explosion in just over a month kills six, injures four in China's Shandong province 18 February 2021

An explosion at a gold mine in China’s Shandong province killed six people and injured four others on February 16. The blast, Shandong’s second fatal gold mine explosion in just over a month, has prompted a local government campaign to close all unsafe mining facilities....

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No fatalities in US from grain dust explosions in 2020, new report says 16 February 2021

According to new research from researchers in Purdue University’s Department of Agriculture and Biological Engineering, there were zero fatalities during 2020 in the United States as a result of grain dust explosions....

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Fuel tanker explosion on Afghanistan-Iran border injures at least 60, extinguished after three days 16 February 2021

A fuel tanker explosion at a border crossing in western Afghanistan injured around 60 people on February 13. The incident happened in the province of Herat on the Iranian border and was eventually extinguished on February 16 after firefighters from both Afghanistan and Iran fought the blaze....

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Essar Oil announces new waste-to-fuel plant at Ellesmere Port 16 February 2021

Essar Oil has announced a new facility at Stanlow Oil Refinery in Ellesmere Port, northwest England, which will convert non-recyclable household waste into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for use by airlines operating at UK airports. Essar and its subsidiary, Stanlow Terminals Limited, will create the new facility in partnership with Fulcrum BioEnergy....

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Firecracker factory blast kills 19, injures more than 30 in India 15 February 2021

A series of explosions at a firecracker factory in southern India killed 19 people and injured over 30 on February 12. The first of the explosions happened during the afternoon at a small factory around 325 miles (520km) south of Chennai in the state of Tamil Nadu....

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Russian mining giant fined record £1.4 billion for role in May 2020 oil spill 12 February 2021

A court in Russia has upheld a fine of 146 billion rubles (£1.4bn/$2bn) for mining giant Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel) as a result of its role in one of the country’s worst oil spills in history. The leak on May 29 involved around 21,000 tonnes of diesel fuel leaking from a power plant belonging to a subsidiary of Nornickel, the world's leading nickel and palladium producer....

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India to be largest source of energy demand over next 20 years, report says 09 February 2021

A new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) has said that India is set to see the largest increase in energy demand of any country over the next 20 years. The IEA’s India Energy Outlook 2021, released on February 9, reports that India’s energy consumption will almost double by 2040 as its gross domestic product (GDP) expands to an estimated $8.6 trillion under current national policy....

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South Korea announces £32 billion plan for world’s largest offshore wind farm 09 February 2021

On February 5, South Korean President Moon Jae-in announced a 48.5 trillion won (£31.6 billion) plan to construct the world’s largest wind power plant. The facility, which is set to be built in in the southwestern county of Sinan, is part of President Moon’s Green New Deal aimed at helping South Korea become carbon neutral by 2050....

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Is ‘COVID-safe’ guidance enough?

It is clear that the Coronavirus pandemic will continue into 2021, with restrictions and guidelines still in place for Covid-secure work environments. But, in order for employees to resume work back at the physical office without worrying about spreading the virus, companies need to consider introducing additional protocols to ensure that the workplace is, in fact, safe....

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Switch to single source LED lighting saves OQ Chemicals $50k annually

A switch to single source LED industrial lighting at the Bishop petro-chemical facility of OQ Chemicals, located just outside Corpus Christi, Texas, is saving the plant some $50,000 annually in reduced maintenance costs with additional savings in reduced energy costs and virtually eliminating lighting maintenance whilst also producing substantial improvements in visibility, sustainability and staff safety....

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