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OECD Survey - Hazardous Substance Handling Facilities and Ownership Change

The OECD Working Group on Chemical Accidents is seeking input from public authorities, industry, industry organisations and trade and labour unions via an online questionnaire. The project aims at getting a better understanding of the potential safety implications of a change of ownership in facilities handling hazardous substances.

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Process Safety Auditing Report Now Available

A step-by-step guide on the implementation and running of a process safety audit program is now available on request.

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EPSC Member Forums Now Available
A new feature on the EPSC website will enable discussion of EPSC topics and sharing of information between members.
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Public Release of Report 33 - Safety Critical Measures

An EPSC report on the identification, design, maintenance and testing of safety critical systems is now available on request.

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New CSB Safety Video on the 2010 Explosion at Tesoro Refinery

The United States Chemical Safety Board produces informative animations based on the findings from accident investigation. A newly released video shows the dangers of hydrogen induced cracking in steel assets.

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EPSC Award 2012

The EPSC Award is presented in recognition of outstanding achievement in advancing the theory or practice of process safety in Europe. It is presented annually, to a winner is chosen by the EPSC Board from nominations taken over the previous year.

The EPSC Award for 2012 was presented to Pol Hoorelbeke

Pol Hoorelbeke, a researcher at the Free University of Brussels and Vice President of HSE for Total Petrochemicals, has been recognised by EPSC for his work on mitigation of the explosive risk of hydrocarbon clouds. The work behind his doctoral dissertation is expected to be a valuable tool in responding to hydrocarbon loss of containment events. The project, which is in its engineering phase, is intended to respond to vapour clouds following a hydrocarbon release, by injecting solid particles into the cloud. The particles, mainly salts, serve to slow the propogation of flame, thus reducing overpressure waves and greatly reducing damage if there is an ignition event.

The research is based on an intensive literature search. More than 300 lab tests and more than 100 medium scale tests were conducted. The research took about 6 years.

A prototype of the device is currently installed at a Total Petrochemicals plant, and other petrochemical companies have expressed interest. Pol Hoorelbeke hopes that his patented technique will become an industry standard, making the industry safer.

The Award was presented at the ACHEMA 2012 Summit, in Frankfurt, Germany.