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US paper mill wilfully bypassed safety regulations leading to fatal electrocution 18 April 2023

Workplace safety inspectors in the US examining how a 36-year-old worker died at an Alabama paper mill found his employer wilfully violated safety standards, including disregarding hazardous energy control procedures that protect employees performing maintenance on machinery....

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Train carrying hazardous materials derails, injures three 17 April 2023

A freight train operated by Canadian Pacific derailed on April 15 causing a fire which injured three employees. The incident happened while the train, which at the time was carrying hazardous materials amongst its cargo, travelled through the US state of Maine....

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Germany shuts down last three nuclear power stations 17 April 2023

Nuclear power production in Germany ended on April 15 after the country shut down its final three reactors: Isar II in Bavaria, Emsland in Lower Saxony, and Neckarwestheim II in Baden-Württemberg. The German government decided to phase out nuclear power following Japan’s 2011 Fukushima meltdown. A final shut down in 2022 was delayed after the Russian invasion of Ukraine and subsequent energy crisis....

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Explosion at dairy farm injures one person, kills 18,000 cattle 17 April 2023

An explosion and fire at a US dairy farm in the city Dimmitt, located around 50 miles (80km) southwest of Amarillo, in northern Texas critically injured one person and killed around 18,000 cattle on April 10....

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UK Gas Safety (Management) (Amendment) Regulations 2023 come into force 11 April 2023

New laws related to the transmission and distribution of gas in Great Britain came into force on April 6 following a government review of gas quality regulation and a public consultation on changes to the Gas Safety (Management) Regulations 1996....

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Pertamina to spend almost $2 billion on improving safety 11 April 2023

PT Pertamina, Indonesia’s state oil company, has announced plans to spend almost $2 billion (£1.6bn) on improving safety at its facilities between now and 2026. The announcement came as company executives continue to face questions following a series of incidents in recent weeks at facilities operated by Pertamina....

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Valero Refining fined $1.2 million and ordered to improve process safety 11 April 2023

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a settlement with Valero Refining-California to resolve violations of the Clean Air Act's Chemical Accident Prevention regulations at the Benicia Refinery near San Francisco, California. The company will pay a $1,224,550 (£965,000) fine and make changes to improve process safety at the refinery....

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US agency announces findings of inspections at mines with previous health & safety violations 04 April 2023

The US Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has released the findings of monthly impact inspections at 25 US mines in January and February 2023. MSHA conducts impact inspections at mines that merit increased agency attention and enforcement due to factors that include poor compliance history; previous accidents, injuries, and illnesses; and other compliance concerns....

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Explosion at Pertamina refinery injures nine 04 April 2023

An explosion at a refinery in western Indonesia injured nine people on March 31. The incident happened at a refinery owned by a unit of state energy company PT Pertamina just a few weeks after two other incidents killed over 20 people....

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ExxonMobil boosts fuel supply with £800 million US refinery expansion 04 April 2023

ExxonMobil has announced the successful startup of its refinery expansion project in Beaumont, Texas, which adds 250,000 barrels per day of capacity to one of the largest refining and petrochemical complexes along the US Gulf Coast....


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Batteries: why certification matters

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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Methane number determination in gaseous liquefied natural gas

Stringent legislation on air pollution and greenhouse gas emission and conflicts in countries with oil reserves all drive the shipping industry to focus on alternatives to heavy fuel oil....


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Safety concepts for hydrogen

Every two months, Prof. Dr. Thorsten Arnhold, IECEx Chairman 2014-2019, provides an update on developments within the organisation. This month, Thorsten discusses how adequate risk awareness for handling hydrogen needs to be adopted through targeted training and learning....

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