HazardEx in safety push
01 February 2008
Taf Powell, HSE chief inspector and investigation manager for the Buncefield Inquiry, will discuss the findings of the inquiry at a forthcoming hazardous area exhibition and conference.
HazardEx International 2008 will bring industry experts and safety professionals together at the East of England Showground in Peterborough from February 27 to 28.
On the first day of the conference speakers will review and describe the developments that have occurred in directives and standards with special regard to ATEX, IEC61508/61511 and the IECEx certification scheme.
Case studies and fire safety sessions, presented on the second day, are designed to give delegates practical advice. Presentations will cover lessons learned from a major incident, such as the Texas City disaster, and the application of new technologies in the hazardous area.
Ron Bell, currently project leader of the committee responsible for the revision of IEC 61508, will present an insight in the workings of functional safety now and in the future.
A panel session, which will debate how plant safety is going to change in the future, will conclude the conference. The ‘Great Debate’ will involve a discussion of how high redundancy systems can be utilised and compared with safety instrumented or plant-wide control systems. After presentations from the leading experts in the field, delegates will get a chance to cross-examine the speakers who will be available as a panel forum.
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