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Hazardous Classification Areas at Hazards 28

Hazardous Classification Areas at Hazards 28

Our Principal Process & EHS Consultant Pat Swords presented on Hazardous Classification Areas at the recent IChemE Hazards28 conference in Edinburgh.

Co-authored with process safety colleague Kayley Oseman, Pat's paper  'How big should Zones be, if there at all? - Practical experience from PharmaChem and Food & Drink Sectorsreviewed the latest guidance available in the area of Hazardous Area Classification, ultimately questioning whether such zones are needed at all with a proper risk management strategy in place.

Reflecting on this year's event, Pat said, "Process safety is complex and requires a multi-disciplinary approach, which reaches right to the Boardroom.  From the boardroom down, companies must ask themselves the fundamental questions related to process safety: Do we understand what could go wrong? Do we know what our systems are to prevent this happening? Are we getting the right information to assure us they are working effectively?"

At the event, Europe's leading event for Process Safety experts shared their knowledge, latest developments and lessons learned in process safety, promoting a continuous focus on safer operations.

Hazards28 attracted a global audience of around 400 delegates from all corners of the globe, with the Keynote lecture being given by Vanessa Allen Sutherland - Chairperson of the US Chemical Safety and Hazards Investigation Board (CSB). Vanessa by trade is a lawyer, which illustrates a growing trend in process safety, that it is certainly not the preserve of Process Engineers.

Read Pat and Kayley's paper here.

View the conference presentation here.