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Call for Papers - Loss Prevention 2016

The next Loss Prevention symposium and exhibition will be held in 2016. EPSC is working in cooperation with DECHEMA and the EFCE working party on loss prevention to accept abstract submissions for the event. There is a call for papers, inviting authors to contribute their work for a lecture or poster presentation.

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HSL Research Report on Corrosion Inhibition for Oil and Gas

Prepared by the Health and Safety Laboratory, a new report has been published on a broad literature review of corrosion inhibition methods. The report concludes that an inhibited corrosion rate of 0.1 mm/year can be achieved, independent of the uninhibited corrosion rate.

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Webinar Video on Total R-squared QRA Tool Now Available

Last month, EPSC and IChemE hosted an online video presentation on the land use planning system known as R-squared. A recording of this presentation is now available to view online.

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HSE Leaflet for Small Business - Hazards of Thermal Runaway

A newly revised HSE leaflet provides an introduction to the hazards of thermal runaway, aimed at small and medium businesses in the process industries.

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KAS Reports and Guidance Released in English Versions

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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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.