Design Safety - the inherently safer way, London

7 December, 2016 | 18:00 - 20:00

Safety starts with design.
Safety starts with design.

About this event

Recent anniversaries of major accidents such as Flixborough (1974), Bhopal (1984) and Piper Alpha (1989) are reminders of the dangers posed by the chemical and other industries. Whilst lessons to reduce the risks of such accidents have led to great improvements, the way to avoid or reduce the scale of such hazards is to improve the basic design. Inherently safer design (ISD) was a philosophy originally championed by Trevor Kletz in the chemical industry. Since then ISD has been more broadly applied, although moving from philosophy to a systematic application has sometimes been challenging.

Our Chair for the evening, Peter Hunt, is director of business development at ABB Consulting. Peter has held senior leadership roles within ABB for over 15 years and his previous experience included working in a variety of senior process engineering, production, management and process safety roles for BP, Tioxide, Rohm & Haas and ICI. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers having studied Chemical Engineering at Loughborough University where his Process Safety lecturers included Frank Lees and Trevor Kletz. He is a member of IChemE's Teesside Member Group and a past Chair of the Northern Branch. He was a member of IChemE's governing Council for four years and subsequently a member of its UK Board.

In the opening presentation, Graeme Ellis, author of the 2014 Energy Institute guidance on Inherently Safer Design, will address the basic concepts and emphasise the need to apply them from an early stage of project development. He will illustrate this with application examples from the chemical industry.

Ryan Atkins will discuss how the Hinkley Point C EPR design has been systematically assessed to demonstrate adequate protection exists in the event of a hazard. He will describe the high level objectives of hazard protection and outline the methodology applied to demonstrate that objectives are met; outlining the application of both inherent and non-inherent hazards safety features.

In our final presentation, Vincent Tam will discuss how the offshore industry poses specific constraints on the application of inherently safer design methodology. He will describe how factors affecting effective implementation of ISD in engineering projects are identified and addressed.

Please note: Attendance is by invitation only.


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