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  • New research says 94% think that UK Health & Safety legislation needs ‘overhauling’

    10 July 2024

    New research has found that more than nine in ten workers believe that the main piece of UK Health & Safety legislation should be overhauled, fifty years after it was first introduced. The figure calling for an overhaul rises to 97% amongst managerial staff, with the need for a ‘greater focus on mental health and wellbeing’ seen as the most important factor (82%) in a future rethink of health and safety, and also a key reason in 2024 that people feel safer in the workplace (50%)....

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  • Hazardex Awards 2025 -- Call for Nominations now OPEN!

    09 July 2024

    The nomination period for the industry's most prestigious accolades is now OPEN! Get your nominations in before 31 October to reward those that you think are most deserving of recognition - remember, nominating a company is completely FREE! There are four categories to nominate for with winners announced following a Gala Dinner at Hazardex Live 2025 on 26 February. Nominate now!...

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  • The July 2024 issue of Hazardex is out now!

    05 July 2024

    The July 2024 issue of Hazardex is now available to read online! This month's issue includes the latest industry news & developments, as well as some fantastic feature articles covering Functional Safety, Pipelines, Standards, Maintenance, and Rail. Read the issue now!...

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  • Explosives manufacturer fined £670,000 after worker dies

    04 July 2024

    A manufacturer of military explosives has been fined £670,000 after an employee was killed and another seriously injured in an explosion at a factory near Salisbury, UK. The two men were working on the production of MTV – an explosive substance used in military flares – at the premises of Chemring Countermeasures on 10 August 2018. They were cleaning a vessel used in the production and were removing residual explosive material in preparation for the next day’s shift....

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  • Global CCUS investment requires $196 billion through 2034, according to new report

    04 July 2024

    By 2034, global carbon capture capacity will reach 440 million metric tonne per annum (Mtpa) and storage capacity will reach 664 Mtpa, requiring $196 billion (£153.5bn) in total investment, according to a recent report from energy research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie....

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Annual review of UK bulk storage and energy infrastructure sector published 04 July 2024

The Tank Storage Association (TSA) has published its ninth Annual Review of the UK’s bulk storage and energy infrastructure sector. The publication provides a broad range of statistics and valuable insights on terminals, process safety, occupational health and safety as well as the industry’s contribution to the UK economy....

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US Chemical Safety Board urges chemical companies to prepare for harsh hurricane season 04 July 2024

With Hurricane Beryl becoming the Atlantic Ocean’s earliest Category 5 storm on record, the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) is once again urging the chemical industry to act expeditiously to prepare for a season of potentially more frequent and more powerful hurricanes and other extreme weather events....

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Hazardex Live 2025 -- Call for Speakers now OPEN! 03 July 2024

We are now accepting abstract submissions from non-commercial speakers with experience and knowledge of process safety in high hazard industries to be considered for inclusion in the Hazardex Live 2025 Conference on 26 & 27 February 2025. If you are interested in sharing your expertise & insights with the wider hazardous area community, then submit an abstract before 6 September for consideration NOW!...

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Union calls off Port Talbot strike after Tata Steel threatens to close steelworks early 02 July 2024

Trade union Unite has suspended strike action it had planned for 8 July at Tata Steel’s Port Talbot plant after the steel giant threatened to cease operations at the facility. The company had been planning to shut just one blast furnace by the end of June with the second closing by September as part of its plans to invest £1.25 billion in Electric Arc Furnace technology which would see around 2,800 job losses....

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Failed wheel bearing caused train derailment and subsequent chemical spill 28 June 2024

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) confirmed on 25 June that a rail car’s defective wheel bearing caused the derailment and subsequent hazardous material release in East Palestine, Ohio on 3 February 2023. Investigators said that the derailment occurred when a bearing on a hopper car failed and overheated, leading to the fiery derailment in the centre of the small town....

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