The Institution of Chemical Engineers’ (IChemE) annual Hazards conference takes place in Harrogate, UK on 18–20 October, bringing the major hazards community together in-person for the first time in over three years.

Hazards 32 will help to advance the understanding of and application of managing major hazards and provide valuable networking opportunities over the three-day conference. It is an industry-focused event aimed at anyone who is active in process safety and hazard management for chemical process facilities or other facilities dealing with hazardous materials. It will benefit practitioners working at all levels and in all industry sectors.

What to expect from Hazards 32

There will be over 80 technical presentations sharing examples of good practice, new approaches and valuable lessons learned in process safety that attendees can transfer to their own operations. Industry practitioners, researchers and regulators have all contributed, and there will be plenty of practical insights from operating companies. Presentations will cover a wide range of topics in the functional areas that are key to managing and reducing process safety risk effectively, including engineering and design, systems and procedures, knowledge and competence, human factors, assurance, safety culture, and environmental protection. They will also explore the emerging challenges and major hazard implications of new technologies and applications.

The programme also includes a panel discussion where attendees can share their thoughts on meeting the major process safety challenges in industry, and a workshop on bowties delivered by Gold Sponsor, Wolters Kluwer.

Speaker line-up

The programme includes contributions from key international players in the process industries including Atkins, DEKRA, INEOS, Sellafield Ltd, Shell, the Health and Safety Executive, Wood and many, many more.

The technical presentations will be complemented by an impressive line-up of plenary speakers. Dame Judith Hackitt will speak on the challenges of learning lessons in the industry and the importance of ethics in engineering during a lecture created to honour the memory of process safety pioneer, Trevor Kletz. Hackitt is an IChemE Fellow with more than 40 years’ experience in the chemicals industry and hazard management. She is Chair of Enginuity, the UK skills body for engineering and manufacturing. She also works as an adviser to the UK Government, chairing its Industry Safety Steering Group holding industry to account to deliver the culture change needed, and its Transition Board which is overseeing the creation of the new Building Safety Regulator.

Joining Hackitt are various leaders within the major hazards industry. Jane Lassey, Director of the Health and Safety Executive’s Chemicals, Explosives and Microbiological Hazards Division, and Michelle Roberson, General Manager, Process Safety at Shell, US will explore the emerging challenges in hazard management; Lassey from a regulatory perspective, and Roberson from the viewpoint of the operator making the energy transition. The Tank Storage Association’s Executive Director, Peter Davidson, will present on the role of leadership in managing major hazards. Jasper Clark, Risk Engineering Hub Leader at Marsh Energy & Power, will share insights from an insurance industry perspective on turning good practice into common practice. And the Chemical Industry Association’s Chief Executive, Steve Elliott, will present on the importance of cross-sector learning.

Trade exhibition and industry support

A trade exhibition will run alongside the conference, showcasing products and services to support the major hazards community. Several leading companies in the industry have already pledged their support by sponsoring Hazards 32 including Wolters Kluwer, BakerRisk, ESR Technology, MES and ABS Group. There are more packages available to suit all budgets, and companies interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at Hazards 32 can learn about the opportunities that are available on the event website.

Networking opportunities

Hazards was last held in-person in May 2019. IChemE’s virtual conferences have continued to facilitate knowledge-transfer and learning since, but they couldn’t replicate the valuable networking opportunities available at an in-person event. Social time including a free welcome drinks reception and an informal evening event will encourage attendees to rebuild networks and make new contacts. And facilitated discussion time during the programme will encourage attendees to share experiences and learn from each other, whilst helping to identify the common issues facing industry practitioners.

To learn more about Hazards 32 and to register to attend on 18–20 October, visit