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IOSH's Hazardous Industries Group commissioned the event alongside the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) to explain the rationale behind the strict systems governing the sector.
Making use of HSL's extensive large-scale testing facilities, demonstrations included a dust cloud explosion, drum bursting, pool fires and hydraulic fluid fires.
The event, called 'Hazardous industries with a bang -- an introduction to process hazards', was hosted by HSL, which is part of the Health and Safety Executive, on Wednesday 9 November.
Josh Rice, Chair of the IOSH group, said: "One of the issues with process safety hazards involving flammable substances and dusts is that the injury and impact seems remote and intangible, with layers of design and working instruction preventing the hazard being realised.
"Few in this industry sector understand or have experienced what a fire involving 5kg of flammable gas looks, sounds and feels like. With this lack of personal experience, the value of those layers of design and working instruction can create a culture where the integrity of processes such as risk assessment, permit systems, safety culture and emergency response become degraded.
"Through practical demonstrations, our event was designed to provide knowledge and practical experience of these process hazards and the behaviour of flammable substances and dusts, thereby bolstering the safety systems surrounding them."
As well as the demonstrations, HSL's Dr Graham Atkinson -- an internationally-recognised expert in safety research and fire engineering -- gave a talk about the issues. He spoke about the importance of having fire retardant clothing and the causes and impact of different explosions, such as those in intermediate bulk containers and vapour cloud explosions.
Graham also cited examples such as the Buncefield blast in 2005, at which he was HSL's lead investigator, as to what can happen when the correct procedures are not followed.
Commenting on the value provided by the event, Dr Karen Russ, Science and Commercial Director at the HSL, said: "These demonstrations bring home -- in a visual and memorable way -- the necessity of robust process safety systems for high-hazard industries.
"HSL works with all industries to develop such systems, drawing upon our scientific, technical and medical expertise to ensure that risk is managed appropriately and workers are protected."
Work on the development of the ISO 45001 draft international standard (DIS) continues apace, with further progress having been made during a recent meeting in Lithuania of the standard’s ISO PC 283 development committee.Many of the nearly 3,000 individual comments made during a consultation on the ISO 45001 DIS earlier this year were resolved at the work group meeting between 30 October and 4 November 2016, but further work is required to iron-out some remaining issues.
Experts will discuss how the region can work more closely to highlight the issue, and take preventative action, during the Balkan Occupational Safety and Health Network’s (BALcanOSHnet) second International Conference for Regional Collaboration.IOSH President Graham Parker and Malcolm McIntyre, Chair of the Institution’s New Accession Countries working party (NAC), will join speakers from Slovenia, Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary, Romania and the Netherlands in addressing the conference in Bled, Slovenia, on 10-11 November.
Rebecca Joyce and Professor Jane McCloskey will serve as Independent Trustees for three years, while Maria Darby-Walker will serve for 18 months.Meanwhile two IOSH Chartered Fellows – Dr Rob Cooling and Nick Martens – have been appointed as Member Trustees.The Board of Trustees is appointed by IOSH’s Council and is responsible for overseeing the management of the Institution’s affairs, including having legal accountability for all activities and results.
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