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EPSC Learning Sheet: Incident at pressure leak test
Translated and distributed by TÜV SÜD Process Safety, EPSC learning sheets are meant to stimulate awareness and discussion on Process Safety. The last issue about incident at pressure leak test is available here.
Event: Demi-journée d'information à Alfortville (Ile-de-France)
Our experts and partners welcome you in Alfortville on June 4th for an afternoon dedicated to the safety and the conformity of installations. Technical presentations (in French) will take place in a meeting room of the Cristal sur Seine. Join us as well to chat over a cocktail dinner after the presentations.
Event: 15th Global Congress on Process Safety (US)
Our expert Coen van Driel took an active part in the 15th Global Congress on Process Safety on April 3rd with a presentation about “High performance in process safety – going beyond compliance.” Introducing a high-performance process safety culture in which people are actively managing the risks and aware of where they stand regarding best practices. A culture of continuous challenge of the current procedures and behaviours, trying to identify blind spots; in which competency development is not seen as a cost but as core to make the experience driven journey to high-performance culture a success ; in which balanced leadership creates an environment of proactively managed risks, ensured by keeping the balance, focus, rhythm, and discipline.
The congress took place at the hotel Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Los Angeles (USA). You can read the article about the presentation here [ PDF 1116 kB ].
Transport of material with potential explosive properties for further testing
During development in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry a wide range of chemical substances can be manufactured and processed. These substances can be very energetic and may confer explosive properties but are not formally classified and listed within the United Nations Dangerous Goods List.
Translated and distributed by TÜV SÜD Process Safety, EPSC learning sheets are meant to stimulate awareness and discussion on Process Safety. The last issue about Sunken Roof in Storage Tank is available here.
Our experts and partners welcome you in Lausanne on March 19th for an afternoon dedicated to the safety and the conformity of installations. Technical presentations (in French) will take place in a meeting room of the Olympic Museum. Join us as well to chat over a cocktail dinner after the presentations..
On November 20th, 2017, a solvent explosion occurred at a cosmetics manufacturer in the United States. The surveillance video shows the transferring of a flammable liquid (hexamethyl disiloxane, flash point -8°C) from a 200-liter drum into a RIBC. The liquid transfer was carried out without any local ventilation. At the filling opening of the RIBC a liquid pool has formed. When the employee wiped the surface of the RIBC with a cloth in the area of the filling opening, an explosion occurred.
Event: Journée d'information à Lausanne (in French)
Nos experts et partenaires vous accueillent à Lausanne le 19 mars prochain, pour une demi-journée dédiée à la sécurité et à la conformité des installations. Des présentations techniques auront lieu dans une salle de réunion du Musée Olympique. Rejoingnez-nous également pour discuter autour d’un cocktail dînatoire après les présentations.
Good physical property and safety data are a prerequisite for a reliable risk evaluation and assessment. Modelling and simulation of chemical processes and scenarios require numerous and, most importantly, consistent data. When only limited experimental information is available, estimation of not available property data or extrapolations are required.
After several years leading the TÜV SÜD activities in Basel, Dr. Jean-Michel Dien decided to leave the company for new challenges. We wish him great success in his endeavors. Dr. Sven Wagner succeeded Dr. Dien in October as Chief Operating Officer for TÜV SÜD Switzerland.
Translated and distributed by TÜV SÜD Process Safety, EPSC learning sheets are meant to stimulate awareness and discussion on Process Safety. The last issue about Chloride Stress Corrosion is available here.
On 23.11.2017, Switzerland and the EU decided to link their systems to greenhouse gas emissions trading. The parliamentary debate is currently underway, including the implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The goal is the total revision of the CO2 Act. To achieve ultimately climate neutrality, measures will be taken in all sectors, including industries.
Because of investments or process changes, plant operators often become manufacturers of pressure equipment installations (EKAS 6516). Depending on the hazard categories, it may be necessary to go through a conformity procedure with notified bodies. Whole assemblies come then into focus, which should comply with Directive 2014/68/EU. In this frame, often the individual testing of the assembly per Module G is important. What is it all about?