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US Process Safety opportunity
09/11/2016

The Department of Chemical Engineering at Michigan Technological University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications of distinguished candidates for the position of the Herbert H. Dow Endowed Chair in Chemical Process Safety, to begin late 2017.


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CCPS & EPSC European Conference on Process Safety and Big Data.

23/08/2016

On behalf of the Center for Chemical Process Safety ® (CCPS®) and the European Process Safety Center (EPSC), we would like to invite you to attend the 2016 European Conference on Process Safety and Big Data.


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EPSC and CSE Form Cooperation Agreement

27/07/2016

EPSC and CSE, two prominent European process safety networks, recently concluded a co-operation agreement which from the outset entitles each party to have full member rights to the other party’s network.


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Hazards 27 Call For Papers

14/07/2016

The call for papers inviting contributions to Hazards 27 is now open with a deadline for abstract submission of 23 September 2016. The Hazards 27 conference will take place on 10–12 May 2017 at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Birmingham.


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Hazardex 2017 Call for Papers

28/06/2016

There is a call for abstracts to be submitted for consideration for the programme of Hazardex 2017, which will be held in March, 2017. The deadline for submitting an abstract is the 23rd of September, 2016.


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CSB Draft Report Volumes on Human Factors at Macondo

21/04/2016

Earlier this month the US Chemical Safety Board released two draft volumes on human factors, competency, and regulatory issues contributing to the blowout of the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico. The report considers how these factors apply to offshore oil and gas in a context of US regulation, but the lessons learned can be applied to human decision making in any high hazard industry.


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Loss Prevention Special Session - What is the future of Process Safety Performance Indicators in Europe?

07/04/2016

Current important developments in the field of process safety performance indicators in Europe will be reported and discussed in a dedicated special session organized by CEFIC (European Chemical Industry Council) at the International Symposium on Loss Prevention and Safety Promotion in the Process Industries (LP2016) that will take place from the 5th to the 8th of June, 2016 in Freiburg, Germany.


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2015 EPSC Award Presented to Richard Gowland

16/10/2015

At the autumn meeting of the EPSC Technical Steering Committee, the EPSC Award for this year was presented to former EPSC technical director, Richard Gowland in recognition of his extraordinary lifelong contribution to the field of process safety.


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HSL Report - Corrosion and Cleaning of Offshore Deluge Systems

10/08/2015

Prepared by the Health and Safety Laboratory, Research Report 1046 investigates the corrosion protection and cleaning of carbon steel piping exposed to seawater.


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IChemE Hazards 26 - Call For Papers

07/07/2015

The call for papers inviting contributions to IChemE’s process safety conference, Hazards, is now open. Hazards 26 is being held in Edinburgh, UK on 24–26 May 2016.


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EPSC at ACHEMA - A journey towards zero leaks and spills

11/06/2015

The European Process Safety Centre will showcase its process safety activities on a series of specific topics, including a keynote lecture on a ‘journey towards zero leaks and spills’ at ACHEMA 2015 next week.


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Hazardex 2016 International Conference - call for papers

01/05/2015

There is a call for papers, inviting all to contribute to the Hazardex 2016 International Conference which will be taking place in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK, on 24th & 25th February, 2016. Anybody with technical knowledge of experience in one of the conference themes is invited to submit a paper proposal for consideration by the content committee. The deadline for submissions is the 2nd October 2015.


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Available to EPSC Members - Report 36 on Risk Acceptance Criteria

16/04/2015

EPSC Members can now find our latest report in the members area. Report 36 on Risk Acceptance Criteria asks what are the requirements for tolerating risk by various parties? How much safety is safe enough?


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CSB Safety Video - Hydraulic Shock in Ammonia Coolant Loop

30/03/2015

The US Chemical Safety Board, which in 2010 won the EPSC Award for their process safety videos, have released a new video. Their latest video looks at the causes of an ammonia release which resulted in exposure for 150 people offsite.


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Call for Papers - Loss Prevention 2016

15/01/2015

The next Loss Prevention symposium and exhibition will be held in 2016. EPSC is working in cooperation with DECHEMA and the EFCE working party on loss prevention to accept abstract submissions for the event. There is a call for papers, inviting authors to contribute their work for a lecture or poster presentation.


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HSL Research Report on Corrosion Inhibition for Oil and Gas

25/11/2014

Prepared by the Health and Safety Laboratory, a new report has been published on a broad literature review of corrosion inhibition methods. The report concludes that an inhibited corrosion rate of 0.1 mm/year can be achieved, independent of the uninhibited corrosion rate.


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IChemE Loss Prevention Bulletin Special Issue on Bhopal Available Free to All

19/11/2014

30 years on from the Bhopal disaster, the Loss Prevention Bulletin is releasing a special issue open to all with articles remembering the event, on the lessons learned, and what we can do to prevent such hazards from threatening anybody again.


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Webinar Video on Total R-squared QRA Tool Now Available

01/09/2014

Last month, EPSC and IChemE hosted an online video presentation on the land use planning system known as R-squared. A recording of this presentation is now available to view online.


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HSE Leaflet for Small Business - Hazards of Thermal Runaway

15/08/2014

A newly revised HSE leaflet provides an introduction to the hazards of thermal runaway, aimed at small and medium businesses in the process industries.


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KAS Reports and Guidance Released in English Versions

21/07/2014

KAS, the German federal commission for process safety, makes available English language translations of its technical standards documents, guides and reports for process safety.


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Release of Report - Learning From Accidents

03/07/2014

Now available on request is Report 30 - Learning From Accidents, on the methods used for investigating accidents or near misses and disseminating the results.


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Dirk Roosendans and Team at Total Receive 2014 EPSC Award

12/06/2014

In recognition of work on a project named Total R², a team led by Dirk Roosendans has been given this year's EPSC award.


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FABIG Publishes Final Report On Buncefield Explosion Findings

09/06/2014

FABIG, in cooperation with SCI Steel, has published a report on the explosion characteristics of large vapour clouds. The work was initiated after the release and explosion at the Buncefield fuel depot in 2005.


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US Accountability Report - Oversight of Ammonium Nitrate

09/06/2014

Following the explosion of a fertiliser store in West, Texas in 2013, US authorities have been comparing the regulatory systems covering large quantities of ammonium nitrate in the US, in Canada, and in EU nations. A report published by the government accountability office covers their findings and recommendations.


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US Chemical Safety Board Releases Analysis of Refinery Explosion

23/04/2014

The US Chemical Safety Board has released a commissioned report into the causes of an explosion at a refinery in Utah in 2009, in which undetected corrosion weakened a section of pipe carrying hydrogen and hydrocarbons.


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OECD Survey - Hazardous Substance Handling Facilities and Ownership Change

02/04/2014

The OECD Working Group on Chemical Accidents is seeking input from public authorities, industry, industry organisations and trade and labour unions via an online questionnaire. The project aims at getting a better understanding of the potential safety implications of a change of ownership in facilities handling hazardous substances.


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Process Safety Auditing Report Now Available

20/03/2014

A step-by-step guide on the implementation and running of a process safety audit program is now available on request.


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EPSC Member Forums Now Available

03/03/2014

A new feature on the EPSC website will enable discussion of EPSC topics and sharing of information between members.


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Public Release of Report 33 - Safety Critical Measures

03/02/2014

An EPSC report on the identification, design, maintenance and testing of safety critical systems is now available on request.


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New CSB Safety Video on the 2010 Explosion at Tesoro Refinery

31/01/2014

The United States Chemical Safety Board produces informative animations based on the findings from accident investigation. A newly released video shows the dangers of hydrogen induced cracking in steel assets.


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Richard Gowland To Speak On Asset Integrity In Aberdeen

21/01/2014

EPSC Technical Director Richard Gowland is to give a presentation on Integrating Asset Integrity within the Safety Process in March at the Asset Integrity Management in Oil and Gas conference.


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Launch of IChemE Loss Prevention Bulletin Resource Packs

13/01/2014

The Loss Prevention Bulletin provides a way for process industries to share accident information to help preventing similar future accidents. Starting this year, technical articles and case studies are available as resource packs relating to a single hazard type.


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Atypical Scenarios Report Now Available - Hazard Analysis of "Worst Case" Events

06/01/2014

EPSC Report 34 "Atypical Scenarios: Known and Unknown Unknowns" is now publically available on request.


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Risktec Declares EPSC Operations Manager Best Student for 2012

16/12/2013

Since 2011, EPSC has been sponsoring Lee Allford in taking a masters degree in Risk and Safety Management via Risktec's postgraduate education programme. Risktec has declared Lee Allford the best student for 2012.


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Former EPSC Director of Centre Christian Jochum Awarded German Federal Order of Merit

13/12/2013

The Federal Environment Minister of Germany has awarded Christian Jochum the Merit Cross 1st Class in recognition of a career dedicated to process safety.


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Now Available on Request - Report on Design of Vent and Relief Systems

06/11/2013

Many processes produce gaseous or vapour byproducts, and overpressure relief valves are a vital safety feature. To avoid harm to people or the environment, these vent streams can be collected and treated, but great care must be used in the design of systems handling multiple vent streams.


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ETPIS and EU-VRi Survey on Assessment Methodology for Article 4 of the Seveso Directive

10/10/2013

ETPIS and EU-VRi request participation in a survey aimed at developing methodology for implementing Article 4 of the Seveso III Directive "Assessment of major-accident hazards for a particular dangerous substance".


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JRC Technical Working Group 2 Publishes Safety Instrumented Function Inspection Criteria

02/10/2013

The Major Accident Hazards Bureau, part of the EC Joint Research Centre, has published the first issue of a series on common inspection criteria for Seveso inspectors of EU nations. The first issue is on safety instrumented functions.


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OECD QSAR Toolbox Models Biological Activity to Predict Consequences of Release

20/08/2013

This software toolbox uses Quantitative Structure–Activity Relationship modelling to make estimates of ecological consequences for release of substances. It was developed for OECD by the Laboratory of Mathematical Chemistry, Bourgas University.


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Energy Institute Asks For Opinions on Code on LPG Storage

19/08/2013

The Energy Institute is considering options for publishing a new edition of their model code of safe practice on LPG storage. They invite users of LPG storage to answer an online survey on the previous edition of the guidance, published in 1987.


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Two Reports Newly Released on Batch Processes and Risk Management

08/08/2013

Two reports are made available on request to the public, Risk Management Practice in the Process Industries and Safety Management for Process Transfer of Batch and Semi-Batch Processes.


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Formation of New Working Group on Corrosion Under Insulation

06/08/2013

Corrosion is a significant cause of loss of containment incidents. Insulation can create conditions accelerating corrosion, such as by trapping water, and can complicate inspection of assets. This new working group is to look at current and emerging technologies that may prevent such problems.


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Australian Hydrocarbons Group APPEA First Partners of IChemE Safety Centre

26/07/2013

The IChemE Safety Centre is intended to bring together the process safety knowledge and resources available to IChemE in one place, and to build on them with industry partners. APPEA are to become the first representatives from industry to join.


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Chemical Reactivity Worksheet - Reactivity Predictions for Chemical Mixtures

24/07/2013

Developed by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in collaboration with the Dow Chemical Company and CCPS, this free software package allows quick estimates of reaction hazards in mixtures based on reactive groups data.


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SINTEF Research Into Pipeline Transport of CO2 Contributes to CCS

23/07/2013

One possible challenge that process safety will have to face in future is carbon capture systems producing large quantities of CO2 needing transport and storage. SINTEF research into the characteristics of CO2 for pipeline transport tackles part of this problem.


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Dutch Safety Board Publishes Summary Report into Odfjell Rotterdam Terminal

18/07/2013

The Dutch Safety Board have published the results of their investigation into safety failings in storage of flammable materials at Odfjell Terminal in Rotterdam, revealing serious deficiencies in safety culture at site level and beyond


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Chemical Engineering Matters

16/07/2013

A technical strategy document by the Institution of Chemical Engineers outlines the potential for chemical engineers and process technology to improve quality of life for the world population. The challenges to be faced reaching this goal are laid out, with process safety recognised as a fundamental element.


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Two EPSC Reports Newly Released

12/07/2013

Two reports have been made available on request from EPSC, on mis-identification of chemicals, and fire protection for pressurised flammable gas storage.


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European Directive Adopted on Offshore Oil and Gas Major Accident Safety

08/07/2013

Last month, the EU adopted new rules on offshore oil and gas facilities, covering safety standards for the full lifecycle of production, and clarifying responsibilities for mitigating actions in case of an accident.


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Standards for Rescue from Confined Spaces

05/07/2013

Current work in Germany highlights the role that standardisation in design can play in enabling rescue from vessels and confined spaces.


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Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Centre Opens in Qatar

03/07/2013

In cooperation with Qatar Petroleum and Texas A&M University, a new process safety centre has opened in Qatar, to provide education, training and to promote process safety.


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A Year of Process Safety Enquiries

02/07/2013

One year ago, EPSC opened the option for anybody to call on our knowledge of process safety through the Question for EPSC page.


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Commencement of Working Group on Risk Acceptance Criteria in Chemical Parks

27/06/2013

Last week a kickoff meeting was held for a new working group on risk acceptance criteria for facilities inside shared chemical parks.


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Commemoration Video of Piper Alpha 25 Years On

25/06/2013

On the 6th of July 1988, the North Sea oil platform Piper Alpha was destroyed in an explosion and fire, resulting in the loss of 167 lives. The aftermath and investigation was a major turning point in process safety, with many recommendations now forming integral parts of modern safety frameworks. A video produced for the anniversary looks back to remind us of the incident.


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ProcessNet - Mapping Process Safety Competence

21/06/2013

ProcessNet has begun compiling a map of centres of process safety expertise within Europe. Organisations with process safety competencies are a valuable resource in maintaining a safe a safe and skilled workforce. This map aims to help businesses find the right skills in the right place.


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EU-OSHA Annual Report 2012 'Health and Safety at the Crossroads'

20/06/2013

The European agency for health and safety has published its annual report, showing the direction taken during 2012 and the projects starting in 2013


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Research Report - Review of Alarm Setting for Toxic Gas and Oxygen Detectors

17/06/2013

A report by the Health and Safety Laboratory prepared for the UK authorities provides guidance on configuring gas detecting safety systems and alarms.


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IChemE Seeks Director of Process Safety for Safety Centre Role

13/06/2013

The Institution of Chemical Engineers seeks an internationally recognised person in the field of process safety to manage the commencement and running of the IChemE Safety Centre.


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Release of Translated OECD Guidance on Corporate Governance for Process Safety

12/06/2013

OECD guidance for senior leaders in high hazard industries has been made available in English, French, German, Norwegian, Swedish and Chinese languages.


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Working Group on Risk Assessment Methods Holds First Meeting

07/06/2013

Risk assessment is a requirement under the Seveso directive, but multiple methods are possible and specific requirements can vary by country. This group has met to begin comparing risk assessment methods to document their benefits and pitfalls.


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Seeking Nominations For Individual, Team, or Organisation For EPSC Award 2014

06/06/2013

The EPSC Award acknowledges progress to a less hazardous Europe, recognising work that has considerably advanced the theory or practice of process safety. EPSC is seeking nominations for the 2014 award, including self nominations.


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EPSC Report on Process Safety in Shared Facilities Now Available

05/06/2013

Report 29 Process Safety and Risk Management of Chemical Parks in Europe is now available on request.


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EPSC to Attend EU Technical Working Group on Seveso Inspections

03/06/2013

This week inspectors from Competent Authorities across Europe assemble for their annual meeting in Helsinki to discuss Seveso Inspections, with EPSC in attendance.


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Process Safety Competence Guidance Available on Request

28/05/2013

A guidance document on skills and experience mangement systems for process safety is the first report available under a new initiative, with further reports to follow.


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Updated Energy Institute Guidance Book: Fire precautions at petroleum refineries and bulk storage installations

22/05/2013

An updated edition of The Energy Institute Model Code of Safe Practice book fire precaution for hydrocarbon storage is available, taking into account approaches and regulatory requirements introduced since the Buncefield depot incident.


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EFCE Excellence Award in Process Safety for 2013 Presented to Dr. Sofia Carnevali

20/05/2013

The European Federation of Chemical Engineering presented their award for process safety at the 14th Loss Prevention Symposium this month, and chose to recognise a doctor of energetic nuclear engineering for her work on reactions between sodium and water.


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EPSC Director of Centre Christian Jochum Gives Presentation at LP2013 on Process Safety Competence

17/05/2013

EPSC attended the 14th International Symposium on Loss Prevention and Safety Promotion in the Process Industries, held in Florence this year, to promote recent work on competence management systems.


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EPSC Pamphlet Promotes Competence Management for Process Safety

15/05/2013

EPSC has published a new pamphlet titled Making the Case for Process Safety Competence. The pamphlet promotes the work of the Process Safety Competence working group on skills management for potentially hazardous facilities.


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EPSC Annual Report for 2012 Now Available

13/05/2013

The EPSC Annual Report for 2012 can now be viewed online or downloaded as PDF


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New Director of Centre for EPSC and Strategy Review

03/05/2013

At a recent member assembly meeting hosted by SwissI in Basel, EPSC Chairman Klaus-Juergen Niemitz announced that the Centre has appointed Theo Reindorp to succeed Christian Jochum as its new Director.


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IChemE to Offer Process Safety Training Course in Germany and Norway

29/04/2013

A training course, Introduction to Process Safety organised by the Institution of Chemical Engineers is to be run in Germany for the first time in June, with 30 places available free of charge. The course will also be available in Norway later in the year.


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US Chemical Safety Board Releases Investigation Video of Chevron Refinery Release and Fire

24/04/2013

An investigation video has been released by the US Chemical Safety Board highlighting details of a release at a hydrocarbon fuel refinery. A draft report on the incident was released earlier this month.


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World Class Process Safety Management 2013 - EPSC and TA Cook Partnership Event

23/04/2013

The theme of the three tracks take shape for this conference, with process safety culture and process hazard analysis highlighted for each sector.


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Energy Institute Request Participaton in STHE Overpressure Protection Operator Experience Questionnaire

10/04/2013

The Energy Institute's Shell and Tube Heat Exchanger (STHE) Overpressure Protection joint industry project (JIP) Steering Group seeks operating company stakeholders to participate in an Operator Experience Questionnaire.


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Royal Academy of Engineering Report on Risks of Space Weather on Infrastructure

04/03/2013

A report on potential impact of extreme solar weather considers aspects of interest to process safety industries, including geomagnetically induced currents in pipelines, availability of national grid power, and communication to remote sites.


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Three New EPSC Working Groups for 2013

25/02/2013

Three new areas of work have been highlighted for attention in 2013. New working groups will meet on: risk acceptance in facility siting in shared industrial areas, use of quantitative risk analysis, and consistent application of safety standards in global organisations.


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EPSC Given Observer Status in Seveso Expert Group

01/02/2013

The European Commission Expert Group on the Seveso directive has added EPSC as an observing member.


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Russian Delegations - TransEuropean visits to EPSC

01/02/2013

Through 2012 EPSC hosted two delegations from Russia and Kazakhstan, with further visits planned in 2013


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Acute Dermal Toxins Survey

29/10/2012

The European Commission DG Environment has launched a study on likelihood, risks and consequences of major accidents involving category acute toxic 3 dermal substances. A survey is to be held to collect data, with interested parties invited to register.


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Energy Institute surveys - HCR Database populations, Leak Frequency Data and Ignition Probability Model

09/08/2012

To support a workshop on risk assessment for oil and gas facilities, the Energy Institute has commissioned three surveys and is seeking user feedback by Friday 24th August 2012


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EPSC To Release Reports and Position Papers Through Late 2012

30/07/2012

Starting this month with a position paper on process safety culture, EPSC is preparing to release a series of position papers and reports throughout the latter half of 2012.


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October Mutual Joint Visit to Focus on Emergency Response and Planning

17/07/2012

The mutual joint visit programme for harmonisation of inspections under the Seveso II directive will hold a visit and workshop in Ireland for competent authorities to discuss emergency response and planning.


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EPSC Sponsored Book Published - Process and Plant Safety Applying Computational Fluid Dynamics

21/05/2012

A book on the use of computational fluid dynamics has been published with the support of EPSC and a number of process industry companies.


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Process Safety Pays Released In Full

16/05/2012

The short film Process Safety Pays has been made freely available to view online. Click below to view the video.


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EPSC Representatives to Present at OECD Conference

26/04/2012

EPSC Director of Centre Christian Jochum will attend the OECD event on natech hazards to chair a session, and EPSC Technical Director Richard Gowland will present on scenario development


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Video Available of EPSC Director of Centre Presenting at HSE in Oil and Gas Russia Conference

19/04/2012

EPSC Director of Centre Christian Jochum made a presentation on safety culture earlier this month, at a conference in Moscow.


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Council of the EU and EU Parliament Reach Informal Agreement on Seveso III Directive

12/04/2012

The Committee of Permanent Representatives endorsed today the compromise proposal agreed between the Council and the European Parliament regarding the directive on control of major-accident hazards involving dangerous substances, thus paving the way towards its formal adoption by the Council.


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EPSC Award for 2012 to go to Pol Hoorelbeke

05/04/2012

Pol Hoorelbeke, a researcher at the Free University of Brussels and Vice President of HSE for Total Petrochemicals, is to be recognised by EPSC for his work on mitigation of the explosive risk of hydrocarbon clouds.


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RIVM and HSL Examine Major Accident Failure Rates

12/03/2012

Authorities in the Netherlands and the UK have begun a project to update major accidents failure rate data


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Process Safety Performance Indicators Conference Follow-Up

06/03/2012

The pamphlet "Making The Case For Leading Indicators In Process Safety" that was distributed at the PSPI conference last month has been made available in the members area or on request.


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Materials From Process Safety Performance Indicators Conference Now Available

22/02/2012

A conference on process safety performance indicators was held earlier this month, organised by CEFIC in cooperation with EPSC. The collected presentation slides from the conference are now available to view online.


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Siemens Announces Bugfixes, Further Attack Methods Revealed at S4 Security Conference

23/01/2012

Siemens has announced work to fix security vulnerabilities in industrial control systems following disclosure by security researchers last year. Meanwhile at the S4 security conference, a team of researchers have described multiple vulnerabilities in products by other vendors.


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ESCIS Thermal Safety Tutorial Available for Purchase

13/01/2012

The Expert Commission for Safety in the Swiss Chemical Industry (ESCIS) has a revised DVD tutorial package on thermal safety for process industries.


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Interim Report on Fukushima Identifies Problems With Communications and Government Response

06/01/2012

The investigation panel for the Fukushima incident have released an interim report identifying major failings in communication during mitigation efforts and confused response by authorities.


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CHEManager Article on Climate Change Prediction and Natech Risk Planning

25/11/2011

CHEManager have an article on the natural hazard planning requirements of the Seveso directive, and the assessment of risk from climate change.


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EU-OSHA Healthy Workplaces Campaign - Safe Maintenance Magazine Issue

21/11/2011

EU-OSHA has published a magazine on safe maintenance as part of the current healthy workplaces campaign.


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CPNI Security Series - Best Practice Guidance For Cybersecurity In Process Safety

15/11/2011

The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) has made available a document series on cybersecurity for network-based automation in hazardous industry. The series has a specific focus on the additional challenges of process control security.


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Brochure "Maintenance and Changes in Plants with High Safety Requirements" Available

02/11/2011

The brochure "Maintenance and Changes in Plants with High Safety Requirements", published by the IVSS has been translated and is now available in English


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Cefic and EPSC Continue Promoting Process Safety Indicators - To Hold Conference in 2012

25/10/2011
A conference held next year is to build upon the Cefic Guidance on Process Safety Performance Indicators launched in 2011 and the chemical industry’s ongoing commitment to Responsible Care in promoting the use of performance indicators for process safety.
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Working Towards Launch of OECD Guidelines on Process Safety Governance

19/10/2011

OECD will launch new guidelines for Process Safety Governance at a conference held next year. The guidelines aim to challenge major hazard industries to achieve high levels of process safety performance, recognising the impact that leadership has on process safety.


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MEP János Áder Speaks on Seveso Revision

10/10/2011

An interview with Hungarian MEP János Áder tells of continued focus on harmonised inspections standards and regulation, information exchange, and speculation on financial support for industrial disaster response.


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Ethanol Storage Research Proposal to Develop New Fire Suppression Technology

31/08/2011
SP Fire Technology and the Swedish Petroleum Institute have proposed the ETANKFIRE research project into fire suppression methods for ethanol fuel
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EPSC and Cefic to Hold Conference on Process Safety Performance Indicators

04/08/2011
EPSC and Cefic are to cooperate in organising a conference to promote the use of process safety perfomance indicators.
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Call for Papers - Global Congress on Process Safety

01/08/2011
AIChE and CCPS have issued a call for papers, asking for proposals to present at the Global Congress on Process safety in April of 2012.
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EPSC Participation at ECCE-8 - Process Safety Competence

28/07/2011
EPSC is to participate at ECCE-8, holding a two day session at the conference on process safety competence, and presenting the 2011 EPSC Award.
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Energy Institute Process Safety Survey - Online Self Assessment

19/07/2011
The Energy Institute are developing tools to assist in the use of their process safety management framework. Recently released is the EIPSS self assessment survey, an online tool to allow systematic assessment of PSM against the Energy Institute framework.
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EPSC Seeking Expertise for Projects in 2012 and Onwards

06/07/2011
EPSC is launching several member working groups between now and end 2015 and is seeking external expertise to support the efforts of its working groups. Technical Editors with a suitable process safety background are sought to work with EPSC staff and members.
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UK Government Holds Public Consultation on Improving Safety Legislation

01/07/2011
The UK government is inviting open comments to challenge health and safety legislation, seeking suggestions to improve, simplify, or to entirely remove burdensome legislation.
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HSL Report on Present and Future Level Detection Mechanisms for Flammable Liquid Storage

24/06/2011
A recently released HSL report investigates current and future fill level measurement systems for large flammable material storage sites.
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PUPAD - Free Process Incident Database Seeks to Complement Existing Accident Databases

03/06/2011
A new free-access incident database developed at Pondicherry University seeks to complement existing databases of historical process accidents.
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Office for Nuclear Regulation - Interim Report on Lessons Learned from Fukushima

31/05/2011
The Chief Inspector of Nuclear Installations for the Office of Nuclear Regulation has published a report containing 26 recommendations based on lessons learned from events at the Fukushima Dai-ichi power stations.
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Results from JRC Survey of Natech Risk Reduction in EU Member States

28/04/2011
The Joint Research Centre has published the results of a survey taken of 14 EU member states on strategies for risk reduction of natural and technological (natech) hazards.
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European Countries Review Nuclear Safety Following Fukushima

30/03/2011
The Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire in France is to audit all nuclear sites for disaster preparedness, and the Nuclear Directorate in the UK is to produce a report on natural hazard threats to sites.
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Security researchers release details of SCADA exploits

22/03/2011
Following the discovery of the Stuxnet worm last year, security researchers have turned attention towards process control software and SCADA systems. Two groups have recently released vulnerability findings.
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Energy Institute Seeks Participants in Joint Project

14/03/2011
The Energy Institute is seeking sponsors and participants for a process engineering joint industry project 'Bursting Disks for Shell & Tube Heat Exchanger Overpressure Protection'.
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Buncefield final report: Why did it happen?

21/02/2011
After the close of legal proceedings, full information on the underlying causes of the Buncefield fuel depot explosion have been released in a unified report.
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Recommended Regulatory Responses to Deepwater Horizon

17/01/2011
Authorities across the world have taken a new look at offshore regulation in response to the incident in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Energy Institute Publication - High level framework for process safety management

10/01/2011
A framework for process safety management developed by the Energy Institute has been published online in High level framework for process safety management
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EC Concludes Review of Seveso II

05/01/2011
The review of the Seveso II directive concluded in late 2010, and a proposal for changes to the directive has been adopted.
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Authority Expectations For Pipe Integrity Management

15/12/2010
A guidance document for HSE inspectors in the UK reveals the expectations of the Competent Authorities for pipe integrity management of Seveso sites.
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HSE Self Assessment Questions for Management of Ageing Plant

28/10/2010
Continued interest in ageing assets by authorities in France and other EU nations has driven the preparation of guidance for management of sites over the long term.
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Norwegian Offshore Regulator Questions Independence of Safety Systems Under Software Failures

22/10/2010
The Petroleum Safety Authority in Norway has commissioned a report by SINTEF into the independence of Safety Instrumented Systems under digital causes for failure.
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EPSC Award Winner CSB Appoints Dr. Horowitz as Managing Director

17/09/2010
The US Chemical Safety Board, which took the EPSC Award earlier this year for its safety video series, has appointed Dr. Daniel Horowitz a new role as managing director.
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KAS Safety Culture Report - English Translation

14/09/2010
The KAS (Kommission für Anlagensicherheit, Commission on Process Safety) has produced an English language copy of its 2008 report on Process Safety Culture.
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Richard Gowland to Chair Session at Industrial Technologies 2010 Conference

02/09/2010
EPSC Technical Director, Richard Gowland, is to chair a session on integrating safety into emerging technologies at the development stage, to take part on 7th September at Industrial Technologies 2010.
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2006-2008 Seveso 2 Implementation Report Made Available

23/08/2010
A summary of EU Member State reports of Seveso data covering the period 2006 to 2008 has been made available by the European Commission.
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CFPB To Hold Workshop On Land Use Planning For LPG

11/08/2010
The Comité Français du Propane et Butane (CFPB) is to hold a one day workshop next month in Paris on Industrial Safety and Land-use Planning around LPG establishments.
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EPSC Strategic Review on Process Safety Competence

11/08/2010
EPSC has initiated a strategic review on process safety competence which it expects to publish mid 2011, for which it is requesting input.
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Stuxnet Worm Webinar - Details of Process Control Malware

11/08/2010
IndustrialDefender hold a series of webinars on Stuxnet, the first malware found to deliberately target industrial process control software. Article updated on 22/09/2010: Stuxnet found to modify control system behaviour, intention to sabotage suspected.
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TWG2 Meeting Prompts Discussion on Ageing Assets

22/07/2010
A French national plan on safety of ageing equipment has been raised for discussion at a meeting of Technical Working Group 2 in Brighton, raising questions on the treatment of ageing equipment.
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Ispra Workshop Renews Attention Towards Safety Culture

22/07/2010
A subject of note at the mutual joint visit meetings at Ispra and associated workshops was the role of safety culture on process safety performance. A greater interest in ability to demonstrate a good process safety culture has been raised in recent years as it has been cited in major accident investigations.
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HSE Advises Against Planning Permission For Flats Near Gas Storage Site

07/07/2010
A large commercial and residential development planned for construction near a natural gas storage facility is to be refused planning permission following local authority consultation with the UK HSE.
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Mutual Joint Visit Fulda To Cover Safety Management

05/07/2010
The Mutual Joint Visit in Fulda on 27th to 29th October is to have a theme of Safety Management Systems (SMS) presentations.
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EPSC Presents Clarifications on IEC61511 to TWG2

05/07/2010
At a Technical Working Group 2 meeting, at the request of the Joint Research Centre, EPCS Technical Director Richard Gowland made a pair of presentations on IEC 61511 and Safety Instrumented Systems.
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EU Competent Authorities Meet On Land Use Planning For Chlorine and LPG Storage

01/07/2010
In Ispra in June, competent authorities from European countries met to share and confirm risk scenarios and associated risk frequencies for the storage of liquefied petroleum gas and chlorine. Also shared was information on case studies of land use planning decisions near establishments storing LPG or chlorine.
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HSL Study Of Electrostatic Ignition Risks of Plastic Containers

01/07/2010
An HSL report commissioned by the UK HSE on the subject of static ignition risks posed by plastic materials used in storage of flammable substances is available.
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EPSC Film Process Safety Pays Now Available

10/06/2010
Process Safety Pays, a short presentation film from EPSC, is now available to order. The film forms the centrepiece of a presentation package aimed at fostering support from senior management for process safety.
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HSE Paper - Experimental validation of PipeTech release model

09/06/2010
The UK HSE have released a report on a study of the PipeTech software package comparing simulation results with experimentally measured values.
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CSB Receives EPSC Award 2010 for Safety Videos

12/05/2010
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has received the EPSC Award 2010 for its CSB Safety Video series. The award is given to acknowledge progress toward a less-hazardous Europe.
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ISSA Research Into Financial Crisis Impact on Safety

12/05/2010
ISSA have made a study of the impact recession and recovery have made on safety performance with a focus on stress and human causes of accidents
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Three Companies Facing Charges Following Buncefield Investigation

22/04/2010
Following the completion of the investigation into the Buncefield Oil Storage explosion, three companies are being brought to trial.
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HSL Report on Validating Liquified Natural Gas Dispersion Models

22/04/2010
An HSL report has been commissioned by the UK HSE to study the validity of commonly used models of dispersion for releases of hazardous fluids and vapours, primarily LNG.
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Investigation Into The Regulation Of Bulk CO2 Storage Under Seveso

14/04/2010
CO2 is not currently classed as a dangerous substance for the purpose of Seveso, however, moves towards storage of large amounts of CO2 as a greenhouse gas reduction measure has prompted attention towards the hazards. An HSE paper details the investigation for its inclusion as a Seveso hazardous substance.
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US National Fire Protection Association - Updated Disaster Management Standards for 2010

31/03/2010
The US National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has released an updated 2010 Edition of NFPA 1600®, "Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs".
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Failure Rate and Event Data for use within Land Use Planning Risk Assessments

25/03/2010
The UK Health and Safety Executive have made available a document detailing failure rates of process, storage and transport equipment for use in land use risk assessments. A range of external hazard event data is also included.
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Applying the Lessons of Safety Leadership, Culture and Performance Measurement After Texas City

23/03/2010
A Joint Research Council sponsored workshop in Ispra, Italy met this month to review the connections between leadership, safety culture and process safety performance indicators in driving overall process safety performance. Taking examples from successful safety programmes, the Safety Culture Technical Advisory Committee has been working on guidance to encourage safety focussed working environments.
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Working Paper - Risk Management and Rule Compliance

23/03/2010
Professor Andrew Hopkins has prepared a paper on the roles played by risk management approaches and rules based approaches to safety in industry, examining the contrast and the practical outcome of the methods.
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HSE Position Paper: Societal Risk and Land Use Planning

05/03/2010
HSE have produced a list of 23 advised positions for determining societal risk of potential hazard during a land use planning process. Of these, all but two are general principles that will apply to any potentially hazardous site.
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EU-OSHA Invites European Good Practice Awards Nominations

25/02/2010
EU-OSHA seeks nominations for the tenth annual European Good Practice Awards for outstanding or innovative health and safety practice.
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EPSC To Screen Film At Loss Prevention 2010

23/02/2010
EPSC is to present its film, Process Safety Pays, at the Loss Prevention 2010 symposium in June. The film contains a hard hitting message for senior executives to seriously consider their responsibiltiies toward management of major accident hazards.
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HSE Report - Repositioning human factors: Identifying barriers to understanding human factors

18/02/2010
The report considers ways in which the role of human factors and ergonomics as safety factors in high hazard industry can be repositioned as central to key decision makers.
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HSE Report RR778 - Feasibility of storybuilder software tool for major hazards intelligence

18/02/2010
UK Health and Safety Executive have prepared a report on the suitability of the Storybuilder software package for use in reporting incident data relating to major hazards.
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CEFIC Responsible Care Award 2010 - A Call for Entries

08/02/2010
CEFIC are calling for entries for their 2010 Responsible Care Award.
The awards are an opportunity for companies to demonstrate innovation and effective methods in energy efficiency, combating climate change, demonstrating the business value of Responsible Care and health and safety.
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International Risk Governance Council Report on Risk Governance Deficits

05/02/2010
The International Risk Governance Council has published a report on Risk Governance Deficits.
The report does not relate to industrial process, but is a comprehensive study of risk management for major incidents in general and the tripfalls in assessing a situation for which there is no established standard of good practice.
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HSE Guidance On Thermoplastic Tank Management

03/02/2010
The Health and Safety Executive has released a guidance document on the design and maintenance of thermoplastic-based storage tanks. The document gives safety and regulatory compliance advice including advice for sites subject to COMAH.
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Health and Safety Executive - Revised guidance for operators of top tier COMAH establishments

25/01/2010
This report gives guidance on the requirements for review and revision of safety reports under Regulation 8 of the Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1999 (COMAH).
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Process Safety Leadership Group release final Buncefield report

11/12/2009
The Buncefield PSLG has published its final report with recommendations specifying minimum safety and environmental protection standards for all sites storing large volumes of gasoline, but with many generic lessons applicable across all major hazard sectors such as chemicals
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Health & Safety Chair to lead new IChemE safety centre

02/12/2009
Judith Hackitt CBE, Chair of the UK’s Health and Safety Executive has been appointed Chair of the new IChemE safety centre.
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Healthy Workplaces Campaign ends

30/11/2009
The Healthy Workplaces Campaign on risk assessment 2008/09 ended with a European summit on risk assessment and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs)
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HSE Accident Reports

30/11/2009
The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has permitted the IChemE to reproduce several of its out-of-print accident investigation reports and make them available for free downloads
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Seveso II Revision

25/11/2009
On 10 November the EC held a Stakeholder Meeting for the review of the Seveso II directive
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Free HSE Publication - The safe isolation of plant and equipment

24/11/2009
This extensive guidance for the on/off shore oil or gas industry, chemical manufacturing and associated pipeline operations enables duty holders to develop, review and enhance isolation standards and procedures.
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Establishing the requirements for internal examination of high hazard process plan

24/11/2009
The UK Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) conducted the research on which the present report is based for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
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FREE PUBLICATION - Developing process safety indicators: A step-by-step guide for chemical and major hazard industries

06/11/2009
First published in 2006, this UK Health and Safety Executive publication has now been made avaiable free of charge from the HSE website.
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Commission convene stakeholder meeting on Seveso review

08/10/2009
DG Environment has called a meeting to be held on the 10 November in Brussels to hear recent reviews of the directive
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Protection in Dust Extractors

25/09/2009
New publication Guideline VDI 2263 Part 6.1: Dust fires and dust explosions
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EU-OSHA director interview

25/09/2009
An innovative interview to the director of EU-OSHA, Dr Jukka Takala, can be now downloaded from the Agency's website.
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Establishing the requirements for internal examination of high hazard process plant

25/09/2009
A Health and Safety executive funded study into the requiremnts for internal examination of high hazards has been completed.
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EPSC Position Paper on Seveso II Revision

24/09/2009
EPSC has prepared a position paper on the Seveso II revision.
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Chemical firms grapple with new approach to process safety data

17/09/2009
Pressure mounts as the chemical sector braces for wholesale change in its approach to safety best practices
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HSE Statement on Oval Ground released

17/09/2009
HSE has released a statement on the secretary of State's decision to develop the area surrounding the gas holder at Oval cricket ground, UK.
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HSE releases Process safety management comments on HSG65

17/09/2009
The HSE document describes key elements of a process safety management system is now available, in a format based on the HSE publication, HSG65, Successful Health and Safety Management.
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HSE publishes its response to ministers on the explosion at ICL Plastics and launches consultation on LPG regime

17/09/2009
The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has  published its preliminary formal response to the official Inquiry, led by Lord Gill, into the fatal explosion at the ICL factory in Maryhill, Glasgow, in 2004.
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Process Safety Forum forms to encourage cross-industry best practice sharing and learning.

17/09/2009
UKPIA and Oil & Gas UK announce that in conjunction with the Chemical Industries Association and Nuclear Industry Association, a pan sector Process Safety Forum has been formed.
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Report on Labour inspectorates' strategic planning

09/09/2009
EU-OSHA has created a report that provides an overview on prinicple OSH related priorities established by national labour inspectorates.
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Combustible dust at worksites video

20/08/2009
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has released a new safety video depicting how accumulations of combustible dust at worksites can provide the fuel for devastating explosions that kill and maim workers, shut down plants, and harm local economies.
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Area classication for secondary releases

20/08/2009
A review has been carried out on the ventilation of enclosures focusing on measures of ventilation effectiveness and how ventilation rates can be measured for input into an area classification methodology
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Study into pipeline excavation error

20/08/2009
Third party damage to underground services of all types continues to be a source of danger and financial loss to workers, members of the public, utility companies and contractors
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English - Language ProcessNet site launched

20/08/2009
ProcessNet, an initiative formed between DECHEMA and VDI-GVC has launched its new English language site.
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Dramatic Video from the CSB

20/08/2009
The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has released a 20 minute safety video, Emergency Preparedness:  Findings from the CSB Accident Investigations
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ESReDA safety investigation of accidents guidelines

12/08/2009
The European Safety, Reliability and Data Association (ESReDA) has released a set of guidelines describing the safety investigation of accidents.
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OECD Chemical Accidents Database

12/08/2009
The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and development) Programme on Chemical Accidents addresses a subject that concerns everyone who uses or handles hazardous chemicals, works in a chemical plant, or lives near one.
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OGP asset integrity KPI workshop

12/08/2009
OGP is holding a workshop on asset integrity on the 8/9 september in London.
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Call for Nominations EFCE Excellence Award in Process Safety 2010

07/08/2009
The European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE) is pleased to announce the triennial Excellence Award in Process Safety in recognition of a PhD thesis or paper(s) published in the preceding three-year period, which demonstrate an outstanding contribution to research and/or practice in process safety.
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Networking for Process Safety

30/07/2009
In a recent article in CHEManager, Christian Jochum, Director of Centre, highlights the power of networking for the process safety professional especially in tough economic times.
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Building a Risk and Hazard Assessment Database for Europe

30/07/2009
A European level working group, TWG5, are currently building a database of reference accident scenarios which are employed by member states
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RR716 - A review of Layers of Protection Analysis (LOPA) analyses overfill of fuel storage tanks

29/07/2009
In response to the Buncefield incident, the UK Major Incident Investigation Board (MIIB) made recommendations to improve safety in the design and operation of fuel storage sites.
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INERIS and Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies study into industrial facility ageing

28/07/2009
INERIS (Institut National de l'Environnement Industriel et des Risque) and Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies wish to carry out a comparative study on industrial facility ageing. The study is expected to provide an overview of current methods and operational practice of ageing control in high-risk industrial facilities.
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Process Safety Leadership group releases new set of Safety guidelines

27/07/2009
The Process Safety Leadership Group (PSLG), which is made up of key representatives from several high hazard industries recently launched a set of key principles to enhance the safety of their industrial processes.
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EPSC Award 2009

13/07/2009
Francis Stoessel is the recipient of the EPSC Award 2009 for his work on the development of the criticality scale of chemical batch and semi-batch reactions, which today is used throughout Europe and further afield
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HSE publish report on Buncefield Explosion Mechanism

26/06/2009
The Buncefield Major Incident Investigation Board (MIIB) invited explosion experts from academia and industry to form an Advisory Group to advise on the work that would be required to explain the severity of the Buncefield explosion
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Industrial Parks in Focus

26/06/2009
Seveso Inspectors are to meet in Norway on 18-20 November to discuss the issue of Industrial Parks and domino effects. 
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EPSC seeks DVD sponsors

20/05/2009
EPSC are engaged in an initiative to foster senior management commitments to process safety. A key component of the output from this activity is a short high impact DVD which carries the message crucial to starting a dialogue with senior managers as to their responsibilities to managing major accident safety.
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UK Experts offer opinion to HSE on Societal Risk

14/05/2009
The Societal Risk Technical Advisory Group is made up of a small number of academic, industry and government specialists have now reported to the HSE in the UK 
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The impact on Seveso from GHS

10/05/2009
A European level Technical Working Group is to meet on 4/5 June at Ispra, Italy to determine a way forward with aligment of the current Seveso classification of substances to that introduced by the UN Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling (GHS)
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European Inspectors meet to discuss learning from accidents

24/04/2009
On the 3/4 June inspectors will converge on Paris to share lessons from accidents as part of the IMPEL series of seminars
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Working Groups meets to discuss Inspections

23/04/2009
The annual meeting of the Technical Working Group on Seveso II Inspections (TWG2) is to take place in Graz, Austria on 3-5 June 2009 hosted by the Government of Steiermark.
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Global Chemical Industry to Highlight Product Stewardship Progress

25/03/2009
International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), a coalition of leading chemical trade associations around the world, will soon issue a report on important product stewardship progress made by the industry in the past few years.
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WCCE8 deadline extended

25/03/2009
This is a reminder and invitation to submit abstracts for the symposia on process safety management at the Eighth World Congress of Chemical Engineering taking place in downtown Montreal, from August 23-29, 2009
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Fire protection measures on reactive vessels

16/03/2009
HSE report on their research into fire protective measures
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UKPIA to reinvigorate Process Safety

09/03/2009
The UK’s Petroleum Institute Association (UKPIA) has announced it plans to develop a rigid process safety framework following the Buncefield oil depot fire of 2005.
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EPSC support rewarded

09/03/2009
EPSC is to receive a partner certificate for its support of the EU-OSHA Healthy Workplaces campaign
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Societal Risk Event

06/03/2009
HSE in the UK is to hold a one day seminar on the 30 April 2009 at  the Health and Safety Laboratory
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Lower Tier Seveso Sites

06/03/2009
Implementation and enforcement of Seveso obligations in lower tier sites has been signalled by many Seveso countries as a particular challenge for competent authorities.
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CEFIC demonstrates Responsible Care

12/02/2009
CEFIC, the European Chemical Industry Council, in their 2008 Annual Report for Responsible Care, describe their continuing commitment to process safety
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CSB on You Tube

12/02/2009
Safety Messages are a new regular feature from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB).
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EPSC Director of Centre

24/11/2008
Christian Jochum has been re-elected as Chairman of the German Commission on Plant Safety
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EPSC to support Healthy Workplaces campaign

20/11/2008
EPSC is delighted to annouce it is to partner EU-OSHA in its campaign for Healthy Workplaces which for 2008 -2010 focusses on  the theme of Risk Assessment
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Joint EU-OECD seminar on Safety Performance Indicators 8 October Bordeaux

16/10/2008
The seminar took place back-to-back with meetings of the OECD Working Group on Chemical Accidents and the EU-CCA. EPSC was represented by Christian Jochum, who chaired part of the meeting
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F-Seveso

15/09/2008
F-Seveso has completed its report into the effectiveness of Seveso II implementation
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CEFIC Survey

27/08/2008
THE 2008 PAN-EUROPEAN survey by European Chemistry Industry Council (CEFIC) shows that there is a diverse public perception of the chemical industry across European nations.
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COMAH Remodelling

27/08/2008
Richard Gowland was asked to join a group sponsored by the UK HSE to review and change the way that the U.K.’s version of the Seveso 2 Directive is enforced.
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Website of the Moment

27/08/2008
Hazards Intelligence or HInt operates an informative website on incidents worldwide which are collected through a network of reporters and correspondents
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Land use planning advice around large-scale petroleum storage sites

20/08/2008
The Health and safety executive has issued a new publication on land use planning methodology.
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Buncefield actions follow up

01/08/2008
The Health and Safety Executive are still working through a number of follow up items. Among the most important is the requirement to provide proper guidance on the degree of protection required to prevent overflows on large storage tanks.
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EPSC Award 2008

10/07/2008
Professor Andrew Hopkins is the recipient of the EPSC Award 2008 which this year was on the theme of Learning from Accidents.
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EPSC Conference

09/07/2008
EPSC is to hold a conference on Learning from Accidents on the 9/10 October in Antwerp
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TWG2

03/07/2008
EPSC is represented on a European level working group, TWG2, led by the MAHB (Major Accidents Hazards Bureau) and comprising member state representatives of the competent authorities.
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Process Safety Competence

01/07/2008
We are seeking a response regarding process safety related work based qualifications/certificates which are currently recognised across Europe.
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Website of the Moment

01/07/2008

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