09 July 2013

Flagship safety event heads to Scotland

Hazards 24
Hazards – the UK’s leading process safety conference – is heading to Scotland next May and will address major offshore and onshore themes including shale gas technologies, human factors, safety culture and leadership.

The event – called Hazards 24 and organised by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) – follows another disappointing few months for the process industries with almost 100 deaths and nearly 400 injuries reported worldwide in 2013.

Since 15 people died at the West Fertiliser Company plant in Texas on 17 April 2013, there have been seven major plant-based incidents in the US, India, South Korea and China killing a further 45 people.

The incidents have occurred across a broad range of process industries including brewing, nuclear, steel, waste disposal, food, gas, drug manufacturing, explosives and waste water treatment.

With safety still a major concern in all the process industries Hazards 24, which is being held on 7-9 May 2014 at Scotland’s Edinburgh International Conference Centre, will provide an opportunity to share best practice, discuss past experiences and highlight the latest developments to minimise the risks.

The organisers have also announced a call for papers covering 18 themes including legislation, plant layout and environmental protection1. Abstracts should be submitted by 7 October 2013. This year, there is also the opportunity to host a workshop on day one of the event2.

David Brown, chief executive of IChemE, said: “Process safety is an area where we must continually learn together and work together to manage the risks in the process industries. So far this year, there have been over 20 incidents which have resulted in fatalities and injuries. These statistics remain alarmingly high and unacceptable.

Hazards 24 is hugely important event in the process safety calendar and an opportunity where we can all come together to learn the lessons and protect lives.”

The Hazards conference series has gone from strength-to-strength since it was first staged in the 1960s and now has sister events in Malaysia and Australia.

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IChemE is a registered charity in England & Wales (214379), and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 039661).