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KAS Reports and Guidance Released in English Versions
21/07/2014

KAS, the German federal commission for process safety, makes available English language translations of its technical standards documents, guides and reports for process safety.


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Release of Report - Learning From Accidents
03/07/2014

Now available on request is Report 30 - Learning From Accidents, on the methods used for investigating accidents or near misses and disseminating the results.


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Dirk Roosendans and Team at Total Receive 2014 EPSC Award
12/06/2014

In recognition of work on a project named Total R², a team led by Dirk Roosendans has been given this year's EPSC award.


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FABIG Publishes Final Report On Buncefield Explosion Findings
09/06/2014

FABIG, in cooperation with SCI Steel, has published a report on the explosion characteristics of large vapour clouds. The work was initiated after the release and explosion at the Buncefield fuel depot in 2005.


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US Accountability Report - Oversight of Ammonium Nitrate
09/06/2014

Following the explosion of a fertiliser store in West, Texas in 2013, US authorities have been comparing the regulatory systems covering large quantities of ammonium nitrate in the US, in Canada, and in EU nations. A report published by the government accountability office covers their findings and recommendations.


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Objectives

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.