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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II - 1926-2022 09 September 2022

The Hazardex team was extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen on 8 September 2022. The UK's longest reigning monarch died peacefully at Balmoral Castle, aged 96. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the royal family....

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UK government needs to accept the engineering realities of scaling up low-carbon hydrogen, new report says 08 September 2022

The UK government must capture the opportunities presented by low-carbon hydrogen and scale up its production, according to a new report published by the National Engineering Policy Centre (NEPC), a partnership of 42 professional engineering organisations....

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Hazardex in the Regions: London takes place NEXT WEEK - Register for FREE now! 06 September 2022

Hazardex in the Regions is coming to Dartford on September 14. Attendance is FREE, so register now and join us from 09:00-15:30 to hear from quality speakers and meet with a range of hazardous area exhibitors. Hot drinks & food are included, so there is such a thing as a free lunch...! Register for FREE now!...

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The September 2022 issue of Hazardex is now available! 06 September 2022

The September 2022 issue of Hazardex is now available to read online! The issue includes features on Nuclear, Lighting, Maintenance, Chemicals, and Hydrogen. Read it now!...

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US coal company facing $102,000 fine after causing risk of “catastrophic explosion” 05 September 2022

The Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission has ruled unanimously that the operator of a Francisco, Indiana coal mine violated mandatory safety standards when it continued to operate an energised drill during a methane inundation, creating the risk of a catastrophic explosion....

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Canadian refinery blast injures eight 05 September 2022

An explosion and fire injured eight workers at an idled oil refinery in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada on September 2. The incident happened at the Braya Renewable Fuels refinery, previously known as the Come by Chance refinery, which has been idled for over a year....

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Boris Johnson pledges £700m to Sizewell C, calls on UK to ‘go nuclear and go large’ 01 September 2022

The UK government has pledged £700 million in funding for the Sizewell C nuclear power plant project on the coast of Suffolk. In a speech on September 1, outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “confident” the plant would go ahead and called on the UK to “go nuclear and go large and go with Sizewell C”....

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Explosion kills three seafarers on supply ship in Italy 01 September 2022

An explosion killed three people working on the deck of an offshore supply ship in Italy on August 31. The incident happened inside a container on the Palau-flagged ASSO while welding operations were taking place....

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Increasing risk of lithium-ion battery explosions impacting supply chains, new report says 01 September 2022

The transport of highly inflammable lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries is increasingly impacting shipping safety, a new risk bulletin has said. Business insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) has said that fires and explosions are the third top cause of shipping losses over the past decade and the most expensive cause of marine insurance claims over the past five years....

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Bulk carrier and LNG tanker collision causes oil spill off Gibraltar 01 September 2022

An LNG tanker collided with a bulk carrier off the coast of Gibraltar on August 30. The collision forced the British overseas territory’s port to close numerous times while the Gibraltar Port Authority worked to prevent an oil spill from spreading....

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How to solve the problem of refinery lighting

Refineries require a very well lit space and as hazardous areas, corners cannot be cut in the lighting process. The harsh environment necessitates high quality lighting to ensure safe operation, but as they are a centre of flammable substances, any installation has to meet stringent requirements. With so many options on offer for operators, and so many factors to consider, choosing the correct luminaire can be a challenge....

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Robotic superhero meets identical twin in fusion energy machine

A highly dextrous, Jenga-playing robot with a human touch used to maintain a fusion energy machine has met its identical superhero twin for the first time. Both known as MASCOT, the identical manipulators are being put through their paces in a series of practice ‘rescue missions’ where each saves its stranded sibling to limit potential disruption to world-leading fusion energy research at the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)....

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Brexit got undone

Every two months, SGS Baseefa Technical Manager Ron Sinclair MBE gives his perspective on the latest developments in the world of standards. This month, Ron discusses the latest in regards to UKCA marking....

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