Looking to 2019: The Year of Leadership

In terms of regulatory focus for COMAH establishments, 2019 will be the year of leadership. In this article, we will explore what this really means for operators and how they can provide the demonstration...

Chemical-processing industry responds to increasing cyber security threat

In the BBC’s recent drama series, McMafia, a hacker accessed files and take control of Mumbai Port’s IT network through a vending machine with poor security credentials. At first glance, this may appear implausible,...

Protection for installments in conflict zones, a new technology that could save the chemical...

In recent years, drone and missile sabotage attacks on refineries and storage farms have become more frequent and significantly more dangerous. These attacks have already caused billions of dollars in damages to the oil...

Making good practice, common practice

In this edition of the Chemical Industry Journal, we speak to Richard Roff and Neil Smith about their work with the Process Safety Management (PSM) Competence Programme Board, discussing the progress that’s been made...

RAS Ltd – building on 25 years’ experience

From its headquarters in Chester, RAS Ltd provides risk management consultancy services to COMAH and high hazard establishments across the UK and further afield, delivering practical and sustainable solutions for safety, business and environmental...

Linking people and processes for successful safety management

Policies are the backbone of any management system. They set out an organisation’s commitments and provide a benchmark for achievement. They are endorsed by senior management who must sign them to demonstrate their commitment...

Effective HAZID – it’s in the psychology

In the previous edition, we wrote about making the most of hazard identification in order to facilitate effective risk management, including use of a team with an independent chair to stimulate creative thinking. This...

An HSE perspective on the risk management of hazardous substances

It is just over 40 years since the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act (HASWA) received Royal Assent. The Act provided the regulatory framework for workplace health and safety in Great Britain and...

Making the most of hazard identification

A thorough hazard identification process is the foundation of good risk management, without which, risk may be missed, misunderstood and mis-managed. But is hazard identification becoming too boring? There are a number of established hazard...

Process Modelling improves plant safety

Dynamic simulation can provide a way to document and understand the complex risks of process plant, while paying for itself in improvements. The first step of risk assessment is by now very familiar to all...