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C’est magnifique as Amazon Filters reveals top performing distributor

French industrial filter specialist Sofise has won the Amazon Filters’ Distributor of the Year Award for 2021/22.

The 18-year-old company, headquartered in the Vénissieux commune of Lyon, achieved the honour for successful sales growth across the long-standing partnership’s key sectors, including chemicals and coatings, and pharmaceuticals.

Serving more than 1,000 business customers throughout France, Sofise gained wholehearted praise at the award presentation in Vénissieux.       

Francis di Trapani, Amazon Filters’ Country Manager for France, said: “We have partnered with Sofise for 15 years and established a strong relationship based on meeting customer needs swiftly and reliably. 

“It has been a great pleasure to see Sofise performing so well over the past 12 months and we look forward to continued success in achieving new joint targets.”

With Francis at the presentation were members of the Sofise team including Managing Director Christophe Lextrait, Operations Manager Eric Dufour and Sales Manager Pascal Pierre.

Christophe said: “We are thrilled to receive this award from our partners Amazon Filters. Together we have established a market-leading body of knowledge and expertise in serving industrial filtration markets in France and Belgium.”

Simon Hughes, Amazon Filters Business Development Director, said: “Sofise work with great professionalism, integrity and adaptability focused on customer satisfaction.

“They are a great partner for us as a UK manufacturing company who seek to develop and grow internationally.

“They fit hand in glove with our ongoing investment programme focused on quick and able manufacturing capacity at our production centre in Surrey.”

The letters in the name Sofise reflect the company’s activities in providing solutions and filtration services. ‘So’ represents ‘solutions’, ‘fi’ refers to ‘filtration’ and ‘se’ is from ‘services’.

For more information, visit www.amazonfilters.com

WELTEC BIOPOWER builds its first biogas plant in Taiwan

Taiwan's government aims for a climate-neutral economy by 2050

Together with its Asian partner Melchers Taiwan, the manufacturer WELTEC BIOPOWER is building a biogas plant in the southwest of the island state. For the 360-kilowatt plant, the German biogas specialist is supplying a proven turnkey solution based on high-quality stainless steel technologies. For the project, WELTEC is responsible for the engineering, the execution and the complete service including biological analyses. Taiwan is already the 26th country in which WELTEC BIOPOWER is building a biogas plant.

Construction at the operator's headquarters in Tainan City, on the southwest coast of Taiwan, is scheduled to begin in 2023; commissioning is planned for 2024. "Because this is our first biogas plant in the country, we are particularly pleased to be able to contribute our proven technology to this project," says Vladimir Bogatov, the Area Sales Manager responsible for the Asia-Pacific region at WELTEC BIOPOWER.

In addition to the electricity fed into the grid, part of it will be used for the plant's own use. The heat from the biogas plant is also used to heat the operator's production facilities directly at the plant and via a local heating network: among other things, it is used to supply a pigsty that is equipped by WELTEC's parent company WEDA Dammann & Westerkamp. The circular economy concept envisages using the pig manure produced as the main substrate for the operation of the biogas plant.

The stainless steel fermenters take into account the special requirements of the island state: due to its tectonic position, Taiwan experiences strong earthquakes with far-reaching consequences with above-average frequency. The special stainless steel construction and high stability of the biogas plant is adapted to the high earthquake probability and the local wind load specifications. Another advantage is that only a small amount of work is required for the on-site construction, as the project is intensively accompanied by the WELTEC team from the headquarters in Vechta.

"We are extremly happy with our partnership with WELTEC BIOPOWER, one of the world's leading companies in the field of biogas plant construction. The plant quality, the high technical standard, the expertise in project implementation, especially in Asia and the after-sales support in plant efficiency immediately convinced us and our customers of the cooperation," explains the Managing Director of Melchers Taiwan, Tudor Pascu. „And the fact that WELTEC BIOPOWER has already realised several projects in Japan, South Korea and China may prove to be a strategic advantage for further biogas projects in Taiwan in the future," Vladimir Bogatov looks ahead.

Such framework conditions should also contribute significantly to Taiwan becoming a climate-neutral economy by 2050 as planned. At the end of March 2022, this goal was published by the government in Taipei as part of a new roadmap. The roadmap envisages billions of dollars in state investment for this project. It is expected that especially already experienced market players such as Melchers Taiwan and WELTEC BIOPOWER will play an important role in this process and are eager to cooperate with the authorities to support the implementation path.

_IP67 / IP69K - Applicable up to 140°C: RHEINTACHO FQ series

IP67 / IP69K - Applicable up to 140°C: RHEINTACHO FQ series The speed sensor for demanding cases Three new variants with DEUTSCH DT04 connector and M12 connector complement the already well-established sensor series for the detection of speed and direction of rotation. The overmoulding on the back of both connector variants achieves a very good seal. Perfect for use in critical ambient conditions. The FQ series thus achieves protection classes IP67/IP69K up to the plug connection.

 Due to different sensor lengths, cable outlet directions and the variety of available connectors, the series offers the user a high degree of flexibility. Adaptation to very individual requirements is thus possible. And if none of the available models fits, RHEINTACHO with its recognised expertise in customised development will be happy to provide an individual solution.

 The electronic design of the FQ series is available in two versions, independent of the mechanical versions: Frequency range from 0.1 Hz - 20kHz and 0Hz- 40kHz. A variant with additional temperature detection is in preparation.

The high temperature resistance combined with the high protection class make the FQ series the ideal sensor for innovative, electric drive solutions. Sales and Marketing Manager Wolfgang Sexauer is certain: "We are following the development of electric and hybrid drive concepts for construction and agricultural machinery with great interest.

 With the FQ series, we provide the perfectly matching speed sensor. At bauma Munich, bauma China and CONEXPO-IFPE we are looking forward to interesting discussions on this topic". You will find RHEINTACHO at the following trade fairs: bauma Munich - Hall A3/ Stand 313 bauma China - German Pavilion CONEXPO IFPE - South Hall / Stand S-80040

www.rheintacho.de

 

Water jetting standards get WJA Audited Member boost

The Water Jetting Association has introduced an Audited Member programme giving its members a powerful new opportunity to promote the  standards they set to customers.

The initiative gives users of water jetting services greater assurance that contractors displaying the Audited Member logo meet the WJA’s high standards.

It has been made possible by the introduction of an audit procedure that requires new and renewing members to provide more information and evidence to show services are aligned with WJA codes of practice.

David Malin, Chairman of the WJA Technical Committee, whose members have been overseeing the development of the auding procedure, said: “We’re excited by the opportunities presented by our Audited Member programme.

“It’s going to help the WJA safeguard trusted water jetting standards and, thanks to the quality of the data we’re gathering, will play a key role in helping us to raise them over time.

“Equally important, also, is the opportunity it provides members to promote their services, and make the most of the advantages of being members of the WJA.”

Companies and organisations that use water jetting services, along with regulatory bodies, look to the WJA to set and uphold vitally-important safety and technical standards, said David Malin.

He added: “At the same time, our members join the WJA because they share our values and know customers will be assured by their association with us. The Audited Member programme will help us achieve both outcomes.”

The WJA has now added a range of new questions to its application forms for new members and for companies renewing their membership.

These are designed to extend the amount of information the WJA gathers about the safety and technical standards and processes companies work to, including equipment management and training.

The auditing process is closely aligned to standards detailed in the WJA’s codes of practice – the Blue Code for high and ultra-high water jetting, the Red Code, for use of water jetting in sewers and drains, and the new Purple Code, for pressure washing.

It also requires members and renewing members to abide by the principles laid down in the WJA Charter of Professional Conduct, covering issues that include professional behaviour, competence, incident investigation, and equality.

High and ultra-high pressure water jetting contractors – under the C1 and C1P (Provisional) categories – have been the first to undergo the auditing process. Auditing for members and prospective members in C2 to C6 categories will be rolled out over time.

All members who pass the auditing process will be allowed to display an ‘Audited Member’ logo on their websites, and promote the enhanced status they have achieved to customers and prospective customers.

Development of the auditing system has been led by Jeff Haigh, a WJA Ruling Council member and a qualified auditor.

Under the auditing system, all the new information provided in application forms is being carefully examined. Gaps or inconsistencies are resolved with applicants. Only then can the applications move to the next stage in the approval process.

The WJA also retains the option of carrying out visits to work sites or to company offices as part of the auditing process.

The WJA is grateful for the patience and cooperation of members during the introduction of such a fundamental new programme, said Jeff Haigh. Learning would be fed into later phases of its roll-out.

He added: “This is designed to be a positive process. The WJA wants to support applicants at every stage, sharing information and expertise that will help them with their applications, and to meet the standards we all want to achieve.”

www.waterjetting.org.uk

How to easily manage thousands of asset inspections

A very large chemicals processer increased the efficiency of asset safety inspections with inspection templates and automated reporting using reliable Unitags and SafeTrak software.

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A large chemical processing plant was keeping track of asset inspections on paper. With thousands of ladders, handrails and floor gratings on the list of assets that need regular safety inspection, the paper trail became exceedingly complex and time intensive to manage.

The plant was already using Unitag to communicate which assets were inspected, and deemed safe, or out of use. To keep employees safe and the facility compliant in an efficient way, a solution was needed to replace time-consuming handwritten inspection reports.

Solution: A digital asset inspection trail with SafeTrak

Scafftag proposed the SafeTrak software to replace the entire inspection paper trail with an online tool. All assets that need inspection can be set up in SafeTrak to make inspection planning and follow-up a lot more practical. Asset inspections can be planned at regular intervals, and to each type of asset a standard or custom inspection template can be linked.

In-house inspectors receive a notification on their ATEX-compliant handheld from SafeTrak and can start an asset inspection by scanning the asset’s RFID-enabled Multi-Tag from Scafftag. A pre-defined inspection template guides the inspectors in the field, and a report is shared automatically with stakeholders on inspection completion.

Assets are identified in the field with the RFID-enabled Unitag that can resist intensive cleaning processes. The tag’s RFID-chip can be programmed to link the actual field asset to its corresponding inspection history and asset details in SafeTrak.

To answer specific customer needs, Scafftag customised the flexible SafeTrak software in just 3 months. This enabled our customer to quickly and easily implement the solution in its existing inspection processes.

Results: Fast asset inspection and automated reporting

The chemicals processing plant can now inspect assets faster in a more accurate and easier way. More assets are inspected in a shorter time-span. Digital inspection reports are automatically generated and shared, and the time-consuming asset inspection paper trail is no longer needed.

Discover a wide range of tools and equipment in the free guide >>

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New Electric and Diesel-powered Hydraulic Power Packs for Portable Machine Tools

Enerpac announces the new PP-Series electric and diesel-powered power packs to supply hydraulic flow to Enerpac portable machine tools, including flange facing machines, clamshell cutters, hot tapping machines and decommissioning tools. The hydraulic power packs are also compatible with other brands of portable machine tools.

The Enerpac PP-Series includes a total of four hydraulic power packs comprising two electric and two diesel powered models. Variable pumps within the power packs allow pressure and flow to be adjusted for specific applications.

Electric PP-Series Power Pack

 

Portable machine tool operators with access to an electric power supply can choose between the electric powered hydraulic power pack 11 or 15 kW models - each available with a choice of voltage options for use throughout the world.

Machine Specific Control Pendants

Many manufacturers of hydraulic power packs provide a simple general-purpose control pendant as standard with each unit. Although this is adequate for simple machining tools, it is of little use to control other machine types such as gantry mills, or 3-axis milling machines.

To meet these different applications, customers buying an Enerpac Electric PP-Series Power Pack can get exactly what they need. The range of pendant options offered provides a perfect match to suit the specific machine tool. In addition, for operator safety emergency stop buttons are provided on the power pack and the control pendant.

Diesel PP-Series Power Packs

For working in remote locations, customers have a choice of 19 and 44 kW units. These more powerful power packs are the optimum choice for larger machine tools used for operations such as hot tapping and decommissioning.

Both the Enerpac Diesel PP-Series PP19 and PP44 units are diesel powered and meet the EU Stage V and EPA tier 4 final regulations for emissions. Each includes a 50-liter diesel tank, which, in the case of the PP44, can provide up to 12 hours run time at maximum torque. Also included in the diesel power packs is a spark arrester for added safety in explosive environments.

Unlike the electric units which work with pendants to provide control, the PP19 and PP44 power packs require a separate hydraulic control panel and machine specific hose kits. The hydraulic control is connected to both the machine tool and the hydraulic power pack. The control panel houses all the controls needed for a specific machine’s requirement.  In addition, the Diesel PP-Series power pack features a pressure-less switch to remove pressure and flow.

Choice of Hose Kits

A 10-meter hose kit is supplied as standard and longer hose kits are available as accessories for single-supply, dual-supply and triple-supply applications. Triple supply hose kits allow three hydraulic motors to be connected to the power pack simultaneously, along with spindle control the operator can also select the required axis (x or y) from the pendant.

Machine operators choosing an Enerpac Electric PP-Series Power Pack can also benefit from an optional cart to enable easy positioning and storage within a workshop environment.

Site Ready

For ease of handling and deployment, the Enerpac PP-Series electric and diesel-powered power packs are enclosed within a protective frame and Forklift truck and vertical lift points

For more information on the Enerpac PP-Series electric and diesel-powered power packs, visit www.enerpac.com.

Proposed Amendment to UKCA Ex Rules for ATEX There is a ‘proposed’ amendment being circulated that has not yet been voted on by the UK Government (so we cannot say it will happen or not). If the vote passes in late Autumn, the UKCA legislation will be c

There is a ‘proposed’ amendment being circulated that has not yet been voted on by the UK Government (so we cannot say it will happen or not). If the vote passes in late Autumn, the UKCA legislation will be changed once again to allow ‘EU Notified body’ ATEX Certificates (aligning with UK Designated Standards) to be used in lieu of Approved Body certificate in a ‘self-declaration’ for 5 years, or until a variation is required. This also applies to the ATEX QAN (when it expires you will need a UKCA QAN).

You will need the UKCA Declaration of Conformity to UK Designated Standards and the UKCA Marking on your product (but if the proposed is passed a ‘sticker’ may be used for temporary UKCA Ex Marking)

All new products requiring certification must have a UKCA Appointed Body Certificate in 2023 (so only Certificates with an issue date up to December 31st, 2022, would be accepted and only until they have a variation or for 5 years, whichever is sooner)

There are obviously major concerns with having two different sets of requirements at the same time with no apparent mechanisms for monitoring or controlling conformity, particularly in the field of explosion prevention. The UKCA Ex Group have raised the problems with the relevant parties. An official post on this will be made on the UKCA EX Approved Bodies Group (UKEX-ABG) www.ukex-abg.org.uk

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Free Downloads

You can download graphic and CAD files for the UKCA Mark, the CE Mark and the Hexigon Ex Mark at 

https://www.exveritas.com/downloads/

 

ION Science appoints four directors for strategic evolution and developing success

ION Science, a leading manufacturer of gas detection equipment and OEM PID (photoionisation detection) gas sensors, have appointed four directors to headline its new board and deliver ION Science’s ambitious plans for further growth. The board will be instrumental in forging and delivering a long-term strategic growth plan and to deliver repeated profitable results.

 

Duncan Johns has led the company for more than 23 years, but ION Science’s high business performance meant additional capacity was required to ensure the appropriate support was available to deliver pioneering plans for further growth. As such, it was imperative to get the right people on the board to lead the ongoing development and change.

Steve Newcomb joined early last year as an experienced operations director. As a professional engineering business leader, Steve has more than 30 years’ experience within technical manufacturing and engineering sectors, both within multinational corporate and private SME businesses. Steve’s experience is invaluable in operations, supply chain, engineering, and manufacturing. However, Steve has also demonstrated his experience as a senior board member and has been promoted to Deputy Managing Director, supporting all aspects of the business when Duncan is involved elsewhere.

Jason Evans, who joined late last year as Commercial Director, brings a strong background in high performance technologies from both privately owned SMEs and publicly listed global businesses. His previous work has covered markets that include MedTech, consumer electronics, digital imaging, and a variety of high energy RF industries. His solid understanding of global markets will help provide further focus on delivering growth and driving shareholder value.

Garfay Liu has been with the company for three years. Whilst heading up the R&D function for the last three years, he has now been promoted to R&D Director.  Garfay has more than 15 years’ experience in managing technology product developments for commercial, medical, and industrial applications. His leadership style has helped grow high performing technical teams applied to product development, and he will be instrumental in technology research, applications, and new product development.

Nicki Howard joined the company last year as head of Finance and was promoted to Finance Director in April this year. Nicki brings 17 years of finance experience, knowledge of effective financial controls and processes, and a desire to work inclusively across the business. Nicki trained professionally in PwC’s audit practice, where she worked on a variety of SMEs and large listed clients in various industries. More recently, she worked as a Group Financial Controller at a large, global manufacturing company, which provided transferable experience and skills applicable to ION Science.

Managing Director Duncan Johns commented on the appointments: “We have made good progress on developing our product roadmap, and this has led to considerable additional recruitment and changes to the structure of teams, which has itself created further roles. It is exciting bringing in great new talent, as well as internally promoting others, to create this strong strategic board to support ION Science through the next stage of its journey".

The new strategic board appointments are a fitting development for ION Science. In addition to the new hires, a new research and development building was commissioned late in 2021 and is due for completion in early 2023. The building will support dedicated research and development activity, further strengthening ION Science’s position as an OEM leader for PID technology and gas detection.

To find out more about ION Science, please visit: https://bit.ly/3z841Jx

No job is worth dying for – masks and how every face should fit

“In 2019, 1,082 workers per 100,000 were diagnosed with a work-related, respiratory condition many of which could have been prevented by a properly fitted mask,” says Mark Smith, technical director of Simon Safety who is also an accredited face fit tester. “Ten years earlier (1999), that number was 3,418 so we’ve come a long way but 1,082 per thousand is still too many. The majority of those workers work in hazardous engineering environments.

 

“Whichever way you look at it, that number is unacceptable. It’s criminal that lives are still being lost and compromised by people’s work. It’s criminal that our health service is having to treat patients who have been made sick by their work. And it’s criminal that some employers are still not taking their responsibilities seriously enough and may end up in prison for that negligence,” says Mark Smith.

 

HSE now on the face mask case

 

During Covid, the Health & Safety Executive visited circa 1,700 engineering businesses and gained a deep insight into the state of UK engineering sector’s health and safety.

Given how much attention face masks were given thanks to the Covid pandemic, you would think that people who use masks professionally would know how to wear them but that’s not the case from what the HSE saw in the engineering frontline.

More often than not, the HSE inspectors saw people wearing masks which weren’t the right size, weren’t the right fit, leaked all around, didn’t take into consideration both facial hair and how long they were being worn.

Engineers - and those responsible for their safety – thought it was OK to wear a mask for an entire job, no matter how long that job took ie several hours. A mask’s effectiveness decays fast once it becomes water-logged with condensation after prolonged wear. Masks need to be regularly refreshed to work efficiently.

 

Why so many masks are wrong

 

“There’s a hierarchy of control and respiratory control is at the bottom of that list, which means that your mask and other PPE is your last line of defence,” says Mark Smith of Simon Safety, which is a registered member of the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) and the Registered Safety Suppliers Scheme (RSSS).

“As soon as a toxin is inhaled, it’s in your system because that’s how breathing works.

“And if a mask doesn’t fit someone’s face - and we’re all different – it’s never going to protect you.”

Getting masks fit for purpose

In a Hazardous Engineering Solutions exclusive, Simon Safety shares a simple guide to help you stay safe – both employee and employer – if you follow four steps:

  • Get the right mask.
  • Fit the mask and train.
  • Maintain the mask.
  • Regularly review.

Step 1: Get the right mask

 

The right mask is the mask you’ve identified which meets your needs through a risk assessment.

Type of mask:

  • Disposable half masks.
  • Reusable half mask.
  • Full face masks.
  • Powered air purifying respirators (PAPR).
  • Breathing apparatus.

What’s right for the worker and their:

  • Type of task.
  • Face shape.
  • Physical build.
  • Facial features eg scars/warts.
  • Facial hair (only certain equipment will work with beards).

Does the mask need to work with:

  • Prescription spectacles (it’s the employer’s responsibility to ensure the operator’s spectacles fit inside the mask).
  • Eye protection.
  • Ear defenders.
  • Helmet/other head protection.

When several vulnerabilities need PPE – e.g. eyes, ears, head and respiratory – combined protection is best because it’s easier and faster to use which aids productivity. Where a combination of different items of PPE is used, it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that the combination is effective.

What’s right for the work environment:

  • Duration of task e.g. how long will the task take? If the task involves wearing a close-fitting mask, the worker should take a break at least every hour. Different PPE is needed for day or night operation and inside or outside.
  • Work rate - does the task involve movement/perspiration? That may mean the mask could loosen over time.
  • Nature of the toxins – eg they may be flammable, explosive, aerosol, vapour, dust etc.

Your compliance obligations:

  1. Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
  2. Fit testing is referred to in HSG53 – the HSE’s guide for employers to know (pages 19/20) and table 20 lists what type of mask employees need to wear.
  3. Fit testing brochure INDG479 – describes the methods you should use unless you have a process that’s as good or better. If you’re deviating from this guidance, you’ll need to prove good or better practice, which can be tricky so it’s usually best to stick to INDG479.

Step 2:  Fit the mask and train

A competent person must conduct the fit test.

Find out exactly how the HSE defines ‘competent’ on their website. It’s easier to prove that someone’s incompetent than to prove they are competent.

The HSE and the BSIF (British Safety Industry Federation) define ‘competence’ as an individual fit tester that has been accredited to the Fit2Fit scheme. Accredited testers have proven an extensive knowledge of respiratory protective equipment in conjunction with demonstrating a high level of competence in one or more of the accepted fit testing methods.

 

Quantitative test methods – eg in a lab test chamber or using a portable device, how effective is the mask at filtering contaminants? Does the performance comfortably exceed the minimum expected pass rate?

Qualitative test – eg wearing the mask under a testing hood, can you discern bitter vs sweet smell?

Does the mask fit?

Ask yourself: “Would I be happy for my nearest and dearest to work regularly in a hazardous environment with a mask that fits like this?”

 

Step 3: Maintain the mask

  • Every time you use it, check it over.
  • Before every use, perform a ‘fit check’ as shown during your formal fit test.
  • Closely inspect and keep a written record of the check at least once every month.

Step 4: Regularly review the mask and its fit

  • A competent person must conduct tests.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Appropriate frequency: when a person’s face changes eg due to significant weight gain/loss or significant dental work.
  • Recorded appropriately for the candidate’s training / HR records.
  • Remind everyone of best practice of properly fitting masks on notice boards so malpractice can be called out.
  • Review every one to two years to ensure all protection is suitable for the people and the environment.

Conclusion

In 2024, the Health & Safety at Work Act will be 50 years old.

The appeal from Mark Smith from Simon Safety: “We must all continue to learn from our mistakes if we’re to cut work-related respiratory illness and death in the hazardous engineering industry.

Independent and authoritative research suggests if your average DIYer breathes in a small amount of spray-paint, two weekends a year, it might have no detrimental impact. But if you’re doing that every working day, it has a cumulative effect. Slow and incremental daily doses often lead to debilitating chronic, long-term health conditions or can be killers and contribute to premature death,” says Mark Smith of Simon Safety.

“Today’s filtering technology means respiratory masks efficiently trap and protect your lungs from the smallest particles providing they fit correctly.

“The mistakes made in the past – such as the tragedy of asbestos – were due to ignorance. But we now know better. The internet puts all the appropriate information at our fingertips. It’s criminal not to act on it,” says Mark

“If you’re concerned about face masks or other piece of PPE call 01646 600750 or visit Simon Safety’s website. Take advantage of our expertise and let’s make 2024 a reason for celebration of how far we’ve come rather than regret.”

Hazards 32

Hazards 32
18–20 October 2022, Harrogate, UK


The Institution of Chemical Engineers’ (IChemE) annual Hazards conference returns in person this year, taking place in Harrogate, UK on 18–20 October.

Hazards 32 will help to advance the understanding of and application of managing major hazards and provide valuable networking opportunities. This industry-focused event is aimed at anyone who is active in process safety and hazard management for chemical process facilities or other facilities dealing with hazardous materials, at all levels and in all sectors.

What to expect from Hazards 32

The programme features over 80 technical presentations from industry practitioners, researchers and regulators covering a wide range of topics in the functional areas that are key to managing and reducing process safety risk effectively. Presentations will share examples of good practice, new approaches and valuable lessons learned in process safety and hazard management that attendees can transfer to their own operations, as well as exploring the emerging challenges and major hazard implications of new technologies and applications. There will also be a workshop on bowties delivered by Gold Sponsor, Wolters Kluwer.

Facilitated discussion time has been built into the programme to encourage attendees to share experiences and learn from each other, whilst helping to identify the common issues facing industry practitioners. There will also be a panel discussion where attendees can share their thoughts on meeting the major process safety challenges in industry.

Speaker line-up

The programme includes contributions from key international players in the process industries including Atkins, DEKRA, INEOS, Sellafield Ltd, Shell, the Health and Safety Executive, Wood and many, many more.

The technical presentations will be complemented by an impressive line-up of plenary speakers. Dame Judith Hackitt will speak on the challenges of learning lessons in the industry and the importance of ethics in engineering during a lecture created to honour the memory of process safety pioneer, Trevor Kletz. Joining Hackitt are various leaders within the major hazards industry. Jane Lassey, Director of the Health and Safety Executive’s Chemicals, Explosives and Microbiological Hazards Division, and Michelle Roberson, General Manager, Process Safety at Shell, US will explore the emerging challenges in hazard management; Lassey from a regulatory perspective, and Roberson from the viewpoint of the operator making the energy transition. The Tank Storage Association’s Executive Director, Peter Davidson, will present on the role of leadership in managing major hazards. Jasper Clark, Risk Engineering Hub Leader at Marsh Energy & Power, will share insights from an insurance industry perspective on turning good practice into common practice. And the Chemical Industry Association’s Chief Executive, Steve Elliott, will present on the importance of cross-sector learning.

Trade exhibition and industry support

A trade exhibition will run alongside the conference, showcasing products and services to support the major hazards community. Several leading companies in the industry are sponsoring Hazards 32 including Wolters Kluwer, BakerRisk, ESR Technology, MES and ABS Group. There are more packages available to suit all budgets, and companies interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at Hazards 32 can learn about the opportunities that are available on the event website.

Networking opportunities

Hazards was last held in-person in May 2019. Virtual conferences have continued to facilitate knowledge-transfer and learning since, but they couldn’t replicate the valuable networking opportunities available at an in-person event. This year’s in-person event offers the chance for the major hazards community to rebuild networks and make new contacts, with plenty of social and networking time built into the programme.

To view the Hazards 32 programme and register to attend on 18–20 October, visit www.icheme.org/hazards32

Hazards 32 in summary

·         Technical presentations from industry, regulators and researchers

·         Inspiring plenary speakers

·         Facilitated discussion and Q&A

·         Panel discussion

·         Trade exhibition

·         Social and networking opportunities