Risktec Solutions

Risk recognition keeps industry safely wrapped up against the cold


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Risktec Solutions Limited is bringing its consultancy expertise to bear in some of the planet's harshest environments. The company has won contracts providing HSE (Health, Safety and the Environment) Cases in two areas of the world ' Sakhalin, off the east coast of Russia, and Kazakstan's sector of the Caspian Sea ' where plummeting winter temperatures spell a potential hazard to both employee and business. Each location places major hazardous industries in areas of outstanding natural beauty and extreme environmental sensitivity.

Risktec Consultant Andy Lidstone said: 'An HSE Case is designed to ensure operations are carried out without endangering personnel, the environment, the asset or the company's reputation. By observing and assessing a number of industrial installations in areas of
extreme climatic change, we have gained a body of knowledge of potentially hazardous effects of extreme cold on operations and
employees. 'For instance, there are limits for when you can and cannot use cranes due to the weakening effect on steel of freezing temperatures, while people working at temperatures below -40ºC, even with full PPE, will perhaps have a 20 to 30-minute work window before they need to go to a heated shelter.'

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