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2015 EPSC Award Presented to Richard Gowland

At the autumn meeting of the EPSC Technical Steering Committee, the EPSC Award for this year was presented to former EPSC technical director, Richard Gowland in recognition of his extraordinary lifelong contribution to the field of process safety.

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HSL Report - Corrosion and Cleaning of Offshore Deluge Systems
Prepared by the Health and Safety Laboratory, Research Report 1046 investigates the corrosion protection and cleaning of carbon steel piping exposed to seawater.
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IChemE Hazards 26 - Call For Papers
The call for papers inviting contributions to IChemE’s process safety conference, Hazards, is now open. Hazards 26 is being held in Edinburgh, UK on 24–26 May 2016.
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EPSC at ACHEMA - A journey towards zero leaks and spills

The European Process Safety Centre will showcase its process safety activities on a series of specific topics, including a keynote lecture on a ‘journey towards zero leaks and spills’ at ACHEMA 2015 next week.

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Hazardex 2016 International Conference - call for papers

There is a call for papers, inviting all to contribute to the Hazardex 2016 International Conference which will be taking place in Runcorn, Cheshire, UK, on 24th & 25th February, 2016. Anybody with technical knowledge of experience in one of the conference themes is invited to submit a paper proposal for consideration by the content committee. The deadline for submissions is the 2nd October 2015.

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The European Federation of Chemical Engineers (EFCE) with the encouragement of CEFIC, the European Chemical Industry Council, founded EPSC in 1992. The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), based in the UK, administrates the Centre on behalf of the EFCE and ensures that EPSC funds will be solely used for the Centre. IChemE is a not for profit organisation and has charitable status under UK law. The Centre is located at the IChemE international headquarters in Rugby, England.

EPSC organises member meetings across Europe in order to plan and implement work on topics which are of most value to members. These can result in a tangible output such as information sheets, internal reports, publications and international conferences. Through these activities, we work towards the following objectives:

1. Collaboration Coherency among various organisations supporting process safety is important. Clear, consistent messages from all sources benefit member companies and allow faster, more decisive policy making. EPSC will pursue a policy of collaboration with other organisations that are also working towards better process safety.

2. Information In the internet era, obtaining know-how and information is instant and is available to all. Finding out the technicalities is complete within a couple of internet searches. The new challenge is being able to select what is useful and valid. EPSC will focus on this by drawing together best practices from public sources and member companies and by providing a means to share and distribute them.

3. Influence Clearly EPSC members are best served by an organisation that is respected and influential. Knowledge, expertise and experience in process safety are one half of the equation. Being able to apply it to maximum effect is the other. We will continue and extend our efforts with EU and national organisations where there is a relationship with process safety. We will make these activities more transparent and understandable and wherever possible we will encourage member participation. And we will endeavour to increase membership in several regions where we feel underrepresentation.

4. Outreach Process safety performance is influenced by a great many factors, many of which lie outside the sphere of influence of the process safety expert. Working together with other business sectors, other disciplines and institutions is crucial for long-term incident reduction. EPSC will proactively reach out beyond the normal boundaries of process safety to other types of organisation and businesses that ultimately have a role to play in better process safety. Our work to better guide senior company management will continue and we will continue to encourage membership of less traditionally "chemical" companies. Additionally, cooperation will be sought with academic institutions for better process education long term. And contacts will be sought with other discipline areas that are important for a sustainable chemicals sector.