plant safety Articles

  • Comfort and safety

    Type HOFGAS® - Ready/C 300  Commissioning 2004Site Moncorneil (FR) Situation Moncorneil is a medium-sized landfill near Toulouse. A heating boiler is to be operated with landfill gas and the acquired heat is used for leachate treatment. In view of the complete landfill design the customer demands a container construction with remote monitoring of the plant.   ...


    By Hofstetter BV

  • Valve actuators: vital elements for reliability and plant safety

    In any hazardous area installation the requirement for safety is paramount and recent accidents at refinery and tank farm sites offer vivid illustrations of the catastrophic consequences of such events. Valve actuators have an important impact on safety as vital components for the movement and isolation of bulk fluids, providing not only the muscle to open and close the valves but also the ...


    By Rotork plc

  • Methods of observing the safety and some special features of catalytic power plants

    In the present paper, two construction methods for observing safety of catalytic boilers with fixed and fluidised bed are presented. They are connected with using the fuel nozzles cooled by water and the flame extinction filters. The experiments confirmed their positive effect. The article also contains the descriptions of some features of catalytic thermal power plants concerning their capacity ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Surprise - You are the New Plant Safety Person! Now What? - Case Study

    Advice for when you are new to EHS and have to hit the ground running Much to your surprise, you have suddenly become the new plant safety person. And on top of that, you have little or no background in safety! Unfortunately with downsizing/right-sizing and budget cuts, this kind of move has become increasingly common ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • A Health and Safety Career

    From Starting Out to Becoming Chartered Former SHEilds student Gary Webster who became an employee describes a Health and Safety career, from starting out to becoming chartered.  I suppose the foundations of Health and Safety were planted within me when I served in the Army. I was a PTI (Physical Training Instructor) in charge of the daily fitness ...


    By SHEilds Ltd

  • When OSHA Comes Knocking - Part 3 of Our Guide for New Plant Safety Managers

    You, the new plant safety manager, just left your first one-on-one plant manager meeting (as we talked about in our second blog in this series) and you are on cloud nine! ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • Harmonisation of safety rules: can existing nuclear power plants be forced to comply with new requirements?

    This paper, based on a survey in nine countries, deals with the way in which different countries impose new requirements on existing nuclear power plants. This is a question that will often arise when national regulations are revised in a process of international harmonisation. It will be shown that new requirements can be divided into three categories with different justifications and different ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • VVER safety research: the COVERS project

    In the VVER operating countries, as in a number of European Union (EU) countries, the share of nuclear power in the total energy generation is significant. The safety and reliability of VVER operation is therefore not only the key requirement imposed for the prevention of possible radiological accidents, but is also dictated by economic aspects. The Co-ordination Action – 'VVER Safety Research' ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Common sense considerations on nuclear safety today

    Several recent astonishing events at nuclear plants are recalled in this paper. These events are of the type of ‘possible but not credible’ events. The Fukushima tsunami (2011) is the most recent and catastrophic one. A discussion is made on the present (very conservative) safety philosophy and on the reasons why, notwithstanding it, catastrophe (uncontained core melts) may happen at nuclear ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Why Plants and Refineries Perform Turnarounds

    No industrial company looks forward to performing turnarounds, but a turnaround can actually benefit the plant’s operations. Scheduling a non-production period is not ea for any manufacturer, but it is essential for safe, efficient operations. Taking downtime from the regular operations shifts the focus to maintenance. Speed is essential, because when a turnaround lasts too long, it ...


    By STI Group, Inc.

  • Making Safety a Priority in the Petrochemical & Refinery Maintenance Industry

    Don Thomas of Thomas Industrial Coatings, Inc., a solution provider at the marcus evans Petrochemical & Refining Summit 2013, on preventing disasters by making safety a top priority. Safety has to be the number one priority in the petrochemical and refinery plant maintenance industry, advises Don Thomas, Founder, Thomas ...


    By Marcus Evans

  • The cultural organisation model: analysing the cultural construction of nuclear safety

    The economic deregulation of the electricity markets which began in most Western countries in the 1990s has given rise to a previously non–existent field of research. Nuclear power plants have been particularly affected, and as a result of these financial pressures are undergoing significant cultural changes that are having a negative impact on their safety. This research aims to examine this ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Failure possibilities for nuclear safety assessment by fault tree analysis

    Fault tree analysis (FTA) is a deductive tool to assess the safety of nuclear power plants. This analysis can only be implemented if all basic events in the tree have their corresponding failure rates. Therefore, safety analysts have to provide those failure rates well in advance. However, it is often difficult to obtain those failure rates due to insufficient data, changing environment or new ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Facility siting changes for process plant buildings in the works

    Facility siting identifies hazards that may affect process plant buildings, assesses the potential consequences and leads to the development of a means to manage the risks of these hazards. In short, it is a procedure to make sure process building siting (location, construction and function) is appropriate based on the known hazards (toxic, fire andexplosion) at the facility.Past incidents at ...


    By ABS Consulting

  • Moments of Truth—How will employees perceive your value for safety?

    A moment of truth is an interaction that has the opportunity to make or break a relationship. If you think about going out to dinner there are a number of interactions from making the reservation, to valet parking, to seating, to ordering, to food quality, to payment of the bill that occur. Some of these interactions have a greater impact on the likelihood that you will return, or refer others to ...

  • Moments of Truth - How will employees perceive your value for safety?

    A moment of truth is an interaction that has the opportunity to make or break a relationship. If you think about going out to dinner there are a number of interactions from making the reservation, to valet parking, to seating, to ordering, to food quality, to payment of the bill that occur. Some of these interactions have a greater impact on the likelihood that you will return, or refer others to ...

  • Moments of Truth—How will employees perceive your value for safety?

    A moment of truth is an interaction that has the opportunity to make or break a relationship. If you think about going out to dinner there are a number of interactions from making the reservation, to valet parking, to seating, to ordering, to food quality, to payment of the bill that occur. Some of these interactions have a greater impact on the likelihood that you will return, or refer others to ...

  • The Skikda LNG accident: losses, lessons learned and safety climate assessment

    The Skikda LNG accident was the worst petrochemical plant fire in Algeria, in which 27 employees died, 56 injured and cost $900 million. The accident was caused by several reasons: poor maintenance and poor general condition of unit 40, the site distribution of different units which caused domino effect and there is no perfect prevention, communication system on safety. The paper summarised the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Impact of organisation and management on complex technological systems safety: the nuclear lessons

    In complex technological systems, safety is of paramount importance. In recent years, human and management factors have been recognised as frequent root causes of major failures in such modern technologies. We try to summarise a state-of-the-art regarding the analysis of the impact of organisational and managerial aspects on the safety of nuclear power plants including the contributions of the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Development of spherical isotropic power reactor design for enhancement of safety and economics in power production

    Following the civilian design development trend of Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs), a newly introduced NPP has been investigated. The conceptual study for isotropic power production is done by the water-cooled reactor. A new design of core geometry can improve the safety and economics of power production. The newly designed Spherical Isotropic Power Reactor (SIPR) has been analysed. The configuration ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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