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Supply chain constraints remain a concern for chemical sector but outlook improving 13 March 2023

The latest quarterly survey of Chemical Business Association (CBA) member companies has revealed insight into the sector, with order books, current sales, and margins showing some improvement. Despite supply chain constraints remaining a concern, the business outlook for the next three months is beginning to look a little more positive, the CBA has said....

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US safety agency to open special investigation into railway operator following multiple incidents 13 March 2023

The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has announced that it has opened a special investigation of railway operator Norfolk Southern Railway’s organisation and safety culture. The investigation has been opened given the number and significance of recent Norfolk Southern accidents, including the derailment of a train carrying hazardous materials in Ohio on February 3....

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EDF confirms plans to extend lifetime of two UK nuclear power plants 13 March 2023

EDF has confirmed that it will keep turbines turning at its Heysham 1 and Hartlepool power stations until at least March 2026. The decision was made after a rigorous review by EDF of the technical and commercial cases for life extension....

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£30k fine for dental supply company after explosion of flammable liquid 13 March 2023

A dental supply company has been fined £30k after an explosion of flammable liquid led to a fire at its premises in Halifax. John Winters & Company Limited pleaded guilty to safety breaches after one of its employees was put at serious risk in the explosion that led to flames ripping through the building....

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New safety alert issued on the potential hazards of emergency discharges from pressure release valves 07 March 2023

The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has issued a new safety alert, ‘Hazards Posed by Discharges from Emergency Pressure-Relief Systems’, which highlights hazards identified with emergency pressure-relief systems from four CSB investigations....

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Sellafield Ltd fined £400,000 after worker injured 07 March 2023

Sellafield Ltd has been fined £400,000 after admitting a health and safety breach that resulted in a worker sustaining serious back injuries when he fell from a scaffolding ladder at the nuclear site. The company attended Carlisle Magistrates Court on March 6 following a prosecution prepared by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR)....

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Crown Estate and Crown Estate Scotland launch first market engagement on Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage 07 March 2023

The Crown Estate and Crown Estate Scotland have announced the first round of formal engagement with developers on Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS). The two organisations have issued a joint survey to industry stakeholders to explore and understand market requirements for future seabed and subsurface carbon store development....

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The March 2023 issue of Hazardex is now available! 07 March 2023

The March 2023 issue of Hazardex is now available to read online! The issue includes features on Safety Culture, Nuclear, Functional Safety, and Maintenance. Read it now!...

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Safety agency examining rail car component in US train derailment investigation 06 March 2023

The US National Transportation Safety Board is looking closely at aluminium protective housing covers used on three of the vinyl chloride tank cars that derailed on February 3 in East Palestine, Ohio....

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US could see $100 billion of new LNG projects in the next five years 03 March 2023

High prices and the demand for energy security will drive the US to be the leading exporter of LNG in 2023 and potentially pave the way for $100 billion (£83.5b) in new developments to support long-term growth, according to a new report from energy research and consultancy firm Wood Mackenzie....

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