SIESO Medal entries

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Texas City Refinery explosion — safety out of focus

The 2020 SIESO Medal winners, Kalokson Gurung, Laya Jayadeep, Janusz Siwek, Satyam Vora and David Zhou, describe the events and associated failures which led to this incident, and explore how effective Process Safety Management might have prevented the tragedy.

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Implications of recent events on the risk of Legionnaires’ Disease

Runners-up for the 2020 SIESO medal, Agnes Aparte and Aditi Holey review cases of Legionella outbreaks, how the disease can be spread and the implications for industry dealing with the COVID pandemic

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Bhopal gas tragedy - the scar of process safety

In a paper to accompany their two posters, Tze Lin Kok et al introduce the Bhopal tragedy, outlining what happened and what were the key learning outcomes.

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Bhopal gas tragedy - poster 1

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Bhopal gas tragedy - poster 2

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The 1974 Summerland disaster - lessons to the building industry from the process industry

Benjamin Khoo and Janet Skitt describe the 1973 fire at a leisure centre drawing parallels with the more recent Grenfell Tower disaster and highlighting where there are lessons to be learned

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Safety under scrutiny - Flixborough 1974

Alex Norman et al explore the underlying and immediate causes of the Flixborough disaster, highlighting some of the legal and cultural changes regarding orocess safety that developed as a result.

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Can process intensification improve process safety?

Tom Kavangh et al reflect on the T2 laboratories runaway reaction and examine how process intensification might be a possible way of mitigating against such circumstances in new designs.

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