Managing the ’New Normal’

There are very few organisations that can say they are running business as usual during this COVID-19 pandemic, yet the COMAH Competent Authority (CA) has made it clear that regulatory activities will continue, as...

Risk and Tolerability Criteria: Are we comparing apples and pears?

Risk is a somewhat nebular concept, particularly in the context of major accidents. Although we are often driven to try to make it as precise as possible, there are inevitably several assumptions required to...

YOUR GUIDE TO IN VITRO SKIN CORROSION TESTING

Skin corrosion is a more serious outcome than irritation, defined as the production of irreversible damage of the skin; namely, visible necrosis of the epidermis and into the dermis, following the application of a...

SECURING THE CHEMICAL SUPPLY CHAIN

Many terrorist incidents result from the illegal use of chemicals in home-made explosive devices. The UK’s Chemical Business Association (CBA) has a reputation for its expertise on measures to improve the security of the international...

Chemical strongholds – is your storage of hazardous materials tough enough?

Manufacturing and process industries routinely handle and store chemical, biological and radioactive (CBR) materials and other toxic substances, with rigorous measures ensuring the safety of operatives and personnel working with them. But these substances...

LOCKEN launches first contactless access control solution for explosive environments

Access control within explosive environments must meet the requirements of health & safety regulator ATEX. The dangers of “explosive atmospheres” have led to strict regulations, requiring the use of fully licensed equipment in high-risk...

Control barriers in hazardous areas; getting the right balance

The Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR) are in place to ensure that the risk of ignited events is appropriately managed at establishments that store and/or process explosive substances. The main focus of...

Mitigating risk

In this issue, we speak to Karl Jones of OAMPS Hazardous Industries, a specialist commercial insurance broker founded in 1986. Hazardous industries are their area of expertise, and since their foundation, they’ve worked with...

Protecting Your Business

Although it’s not being shouted from the rooftops as loudly as some other insurance “trends” are, the gradual hardening of property underwriters attitude to providing cover at sites where chemicals are stored, manufactured or...

When is the right time to assess risk?

It is well understood that risk is a two-dimensional concept. We cannot understand risk if we do not have the means to predict the consequences of an incident, or the likelihood at which it...