#Hazards30 – 60 years of process safety learning and lessons

It has been 60 years since our inaugural Hazards conference took place, and although this year presented its own challenges, we were pleased to have successfully hosted #Hazards30 in a virtual format for the very first time. With an impressive line-up of plenary speakers and presentations, over 260 process safety professionals were still able to get the full experience of Hazards from the comfort of their home.

#Hazards30 delivered 78 presentations across two days and the event commenced with Steve Rae, Executive Director, Step Change in Safety, UK, who presented the highly anticipated Trevor Kletz Memorial Lecture this year, entitled, Piper Alpha – an Accident or a Predictable Surprise?

Safety culture

As one of 61 survivors from the Piper Alpha disaster in 1988, Rae shared his experiences of the incident which resulted in 167 deaths.

Piper Alpha, an oil platform located in the North Sea approximately 120 miles north-east of Aberdeen, Scotland. In his presentation, Rae stated the platform was built to produce 250,000 barrels per day, but that actually they were producing 320,000 barrels per day and that operations differed across its sister platforms. This is when he quickly came to realise there were no common approaches to safety.

Giving a brief history of his career, Rae started out working on the oil and gas platforms where he quickly came to recognise there was no common approach to safety across the platforms.

The tragic events of that day have been life-changing for Rae and he shared how this has affected him:

“I look back on my time on Piper Alpha knowing on a number of occasions I consciously chose to look the other way. That night I became known as one of the survivors. For years to come the survivor badge and the stigma attached to it became an unwanted burden initially.”

There were three key messages within his lecture that Rae wanted to convey about safety culture:

• The key factors that should be frequently assessed in an organisation because these factors can directly influence the presence and strength of your safety culture.
• By telling his story he hoped it will compel process safety professionals to ask questions of their own commitment to safety.
• Wherever a process safety professional fits in an organisation, they can influence safety.

“I’ve become a more resilient individual from this defining moment. It’s made me better equipped to deal with the stresses that we all encounter in our personal and business lives.”

Since the incident, Rae has devoted much of his life to drawing and sharing lessons from disasters and accidents. To do this he created the Six C’s model which is a checklist on developing and sustaining robust safety – the presence or lack of any of these will impact safety culture in a company.

• Commitment
• Change management
• Control of work
• Competency
• Complacency
• Communication

“I genuinely believe what happened on 6 July could have been avoided had signals been interpreted differently and acted upon.”

Rae concluded his lecture by leaving delegates with one final thought:

“You should never feel that you can’t make a difference. It’s a personal choice to act or turn the other way.”

The IChemE published a special issue of the Loss Prevention Bulletin (LPB) to mark the 30th anniversary of Piper Alpha, which you can read here.

Continuing the topic of safety culture, Margaret Donnan, Chair, Advisory Board, IChemE Safety Centre, Australia, gave a plenary talk titled Reflections on the Lessons from Longford and its Legacy.

Donnan explored the lessons learned from the Longford gas plant explosion and fire in Victoria, Australia on 25 September 1998. Two people lost their lives in this tragic incident and eight other workers were severely injured.

The explosion occurred when hot lean oil was used in a 14m long heat exchanger to warm the cold rich oil. The hot lean oil pumps had tripped which ceased the flow of lean oil to the heat exchanger. The lack of warming caused the temperature to drop to -48°C, when the normal operating temperature would have been 100°C. After several hours, hot lean oil was reintroducing and resulted in the heat exchanger to rapture.

The extent of the damage left no gas supply to both domestic and industrial users in the local area for three weeks, and was deemed a huge inconvenience, almost eclipsing the seriousness of the incident itself.

Donnan highlighted how the Longford gas explosion was an incident waiting to happen.

Following the investigation, the Longford Royal Commission published a report stating that the training of both operators and supervisors was inadequate as they failed to identify the cold brittle facture in the exchanger.

“It’s critical to learn from a disaster like Longford. Those lessons result in positive impact across the industry.”

Donnan also touched upon the ongoing critical role of leaders and champions for process safety – whether at company level, industry association, union level, in government, in professional associations or in academia.

“Each anniversary provides us with important opportunities for reflections. It’s easy to look back at the Longford Royal Commission report and say that was so many years ago, we’ve made huge strides in process safety since then, it just couldn’t happen now. But are we really sure?

“It is imperative that we don’t become complacent. We must ask ourselves, ‘Could this be repeated at my workplace?’ We must all become leaders and champions for process safety.”

The IChemE Loss Prevention Bulletin, published the Longford 20th anniversary report. Also, check out IChemE Safety Centre, Director, Trish Kerin’s interview with Andrew Hopkin, an expert witness at the investigation into the disaster to read more about the lessons learned.

Climate change

Climate change was another big discussion point this year. Jo Nettleton, Deputy Director, Radioactive Substances and Installations Regulation, Environment Agency, UK gave a plenary session on the challenges posed to existing major hazards industries from extreme weather events and the impact of adapting to a net zero economy.

With the need to tackle climate change more critical than ever, Nettleton explained the Environment Agency’s role, which is to protect the environment and people in the UK while allowing existing and enabling new operations.

Nettleton’s team works with high hazards industries to regulate their operations and to set standards for new developments that will help tackle climate change, learning the lessons from past incidents.

The Environment Agency has implemented a long-term strategy to tackle the climate emergency by 2025, focusing on three main areas:

• A nation resilient to climate change;
• Healthy air, land, and water; and
• Green growth and a sustainable future.

“On the goal of becoming a climate resilient nation, tackling the climate emergency is key. It’s not possible to mitigate and remove the threats but become more efficient to help reduce the risk of the initiator.”

Her key messages to enable sustainable operations and to help reduce the impacts of hazardous operations on the climate, were:

• Good leadership and guidance.
• Good collaboration among colleagues, peers, industry, across sectors and across disciplines.
• Develop competency in hazards identification.
• Everyone should play their role in process safety.

“The climate crisis is the business of businesses and needs to become a default part of our business.”

Nettleton also talked about the importance of good regulation, which is focused on outcomes.

Drawing upon some examples of the consequences of bad or no regulation, Nettleton referenced the Bhopal disaster, Buncefield storage explosion, Fukushima and Chernobyl, which all have had a devastating impact.

“I’m passionate that good regulation is key to climate change management.”

But what are the must haves to meet the climate emergency? She explained that it’s important to have excellent leadership and a high level of collaboration and added:

“We need collaboration, to teach, engage across communities, and to raise standards.”

Concerns around climate change were highlighted in other sessions during the two-day event. Hannes Kern from Industrial Risk and Safety Solutions (IRIS) in Austria presented Wildfires – An Emergency Hazard for Industrial Installations in Europe, examining the recent wildfires sin 2018 and 2019. He noted that with more natural hazards occurring, unfortunately this has led to an increase in technological disasters. Not only that, when wildfires intersect with communities or industrial areas, specific hazards arise, for example:

• thermal radiation;
• flame impingement; and
• flying embers.

All these can lead to loss of containment events followed by toxic spills, fires, or explosions.

Another interesting session was on the Assessment and Enactment of Response to Severe Weather Hazards to Offshore Structures, presented by Joe Quinn, Principal Safety Engineer, Atkins, UK and Matt Keys, Global Technical Director – Offshore Structures, Atkins, Australia, who looked at the design of offshore structures in line with extreme weather events. With the ability to more accurately predict major storms, it is much easier to determine location specific risks and therefore enable a timely response to reduce the risk to personnel onboard the facilities.

Managing process safety during COVID-19

Of course, this year COVID-19 has had a huge impact on how process safety is managed. Maintaining the high level of standards during a pandemic hasn’t been an easy task, but with a pragmatic approach the industry has been able to safely adapt to the new way of working.

Trish Kerin led a session called Guidance on Managing Process Safety During the Pandemic, exploring how companies have had to change the way they operate in a virtual world, ensuring good regulation is still upheld and acknowledging the importance of supporting staff professionally and personally through such strange times.

Kerin joined Jonathan Carter, Samantha Scruggs and Dr Stewart Behie for a panel discussion on COVID-19 and Its Impact on Process Safety Management. They spoke about how COVID-19 has affected process safety in industry and academia. Read about their thoughts in this blog.

Mental health

Mental health has been an important talking point this year, and rightly so. IChemE member, Matt Longley, gave a presentation on Protecting the Mental Health of Employees: How Issues from Film & TV Industry Survey Correlate with Similar Factors in Other Industries. He spoke about how work in the film industry is high-pressured and the crew are almost exclusively freelance. They have little corporate support in terms of HR, appraisals, health and safety, and training processes. After losing a colleague to suicide, Longley co-founded a non-profit organisation called 6ft From The Spotlight which aimed to prevent further loss of life through training and awareness of mental health issues.

His presentation highlighted findings of the Through the Looking Glass survey and illustrated correlations that other industry sectors can seek to learn from in order to identify the early signs of mental health issues.

Human factors

Human factors was another topic that was covered. James Bunn, gave a presentation on Making sure investigators get it right – human factors considerations for investigators. In this session he urged for human factors to be considered for investigators to ensure support for them and accuracy of investigations, so to avoid biases and influential factors.  

This was based on findings from interviewing investogators, who revealed peak stress points during the phases of on-site analysis, formulating recommendations and finalising the report, meanwhile energy levels decreased from start to the finish.

“Investigators may have a strong emotional reaction to investigations. We can’t assume investigators are immune from this. We need robust debriefing structures in place to support them.” 

Thank you

#Hazards30 wouldn’t have happened without the support of everyone who attended this year. We hope you had a great time and don’t forget you can still catch-up on all the webinars online until 4 January 2021.

We would also like to say a special thank you to our 12 sponsors who were exhibiting at #Hazards30 – WSP UK, BakerRisk, ESR Technology, GexCon UK, Beamex, SALUS Controls, HCB Live, IChemE Safety Centre, Flame Detection, Reflekt, Human Reliability Ltd and RPS Group. Delegates were able to visit and see presentations and interact with each stand.

We will be back next year with #Hazards31 and we hope you can join us again. Details about the event will be released in early 2021, so stay tuned!

How is COVID-19 impacting process safety management? #Hazards30

COVID-19 has turned the world upside down, posing so many challenges for society.

Now it’s more important than ever for us to share good practice and process safety learnings gained so far during this unprecedented time to ensure together we maintain the safety of our businesses and our communities working within, and living by, them.

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A cog in the machine

It is natural for a learned society to want to engage with innovation – especially when there is a clear and present issue or problem that chemical engineers have the necessary skills to help to solve.

This is not only the case during a pandemic, it is just as true when it comes to addressing climate change, water supply, improving the nutritional value of food, or considering the sustainability of a particular process.

Of course, we want to help. Members want to engage, and employees want to support those members to make sure collectively we get the best possible outcome.

To make it a smooth experience, it is important that the role, remit and the limitations of a professional institution in this process is well understood by all.

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GUEST BLOG: CPD requirements are changing – are you ready?

In this blog, Alan Harper, the CPD Lead of IChemE’s Professional Formation Forum, urges members to prepare for mandated CPD audits. He explains what’s changing and why taking part in the audit is important for members.

Continue reading GUEST BLOG: CPD requirements are changing – are you ready?

Digital technologies are transforming lives and work

In this blog, Alexandra Meldrum, from our Learned Society Committee, explains more about IChemE’s member-led Digitalisation project, which she is leading.

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Keeping sight of process safety in these challenging times

In today’s blog, IChemE Safety Centre Director Trish Kerin talks about the importance of continuing to raise awareness of managing major hazards during the pandemic.

Name: Trish Kerin

Job title: Director IChemE Safety Centre

As process safety professionals we know that process safety never takes a holiday, and it certainly doesn’t take sick leave for a global pandemic either. We continue to see incidents occur each week and it is unfortunate to note that the circumstances we find ourselves in because of the pandemic contributed to the cause in some cases. Incidents have taken place on restarting after inadequately planned shut-downs and after handling higher quantities of flammable substances, for example when retooling to manufacture alcohol-based hand sanitisers. We have also seen incidents caused by equipment failure that wasn’t adequately maintained due to the restrictions and due to the inappropriate storage of oxidizing agents.

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Thanking and celebrating our volunteers in Ireland – #NVW2020

We have so many dedicated member volunteers. They are the heart of the Institution performing various roles to ensure we can fulfil our duties as a qualifying body and a learned society for chemical engineers.

Thank you to all our worldwide volunteers for your efforts, which have continued throughout the coronavirus pandemic, maintaining an excellent standard of activities and support.

As this week marks Ireland Volunteers Week (21-27 September), under the theme ‘health and well being’, we want to say a huge thank you all of our volunteers in the region for their continued contributions.

To celebrate, we’re sharing the stories of just some of our many volunteers to highlight their fantastic work. Read about how in their volunteer roles they are continuously supporting their fellow chemical engineers, and particularly during this pandemic.

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Renew, Sustain, Disrupt and Advance – discussing the challenges faced by chemical engineers. #Chemeca

Chemical engineers create innovative technologies and solutions, adapt to disruption, and make processes more efficient and sustainable to benefit society.

But when the world is faced by unexpected challenges such as COVID-19, how do we create, maintain and improve upon safe, sustainable and cost effective solutions?

Despite the disruption of the pandemic, the organising committee for our Chemeca conference – made up of volunteer members and hosted by IChemE, Engineers Australia, The Royal Australian Chemical Institute and Engineering New Zealand – were keen to ensure sharing knowledge on these challenges still took place.

So our physical conference has been reshaped into a series of one-hour to 90 minute webinar sessions across four weeks and renamed Bite-Sized Chemeca. Under the theme ‘renew, sustain, disrupt and advance’, our expert engineer plenary speakers and panellists will discuss and present upon the hot topics affecting both industry and academia, including on COVID-19, industry 4.0, circular economy and energy efficiency.

Ahead of the event in two weeks’ time (29 September), we caught up with Dr Bronwyn Evans, Chief Executive of Engineers Australia, and our Deputy President, Jane Cutler who will be delivering plenary sessions in week one and two, respectively. Read their thoughts on how engineers might need to adapt to address these challenges and gain an insight into their plenaries below.

Continue reading Renew, Sustain, Disrupt and Advance – discussing the challenges faced by chemical engineers. #Chemeca

GUEST BLOG: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) and IChemE

In this blog, IChemE Trustee Macsene Isles-Ahite shares her vision for ED&I in IChemE and across the chemical engineering community.

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Chemical Engineering Education in the Age of Disruption

Chemical engineering educators had already been trying to adapt to and manage the impact of the rapid development of new technologies and advances are having upon education.

Industry 4.0 has prompted the chemical engineering education community to engage with, and adapt to, the digital transformation agenda. But when the COVID-19 pandemic hit global communities, it caused huge disruption to learning, and saw remarkable efforts to take learning fully virtual.

Despite online learning playing a strong role in many chemical engineering education establishments across the world, the disruption COVID-19 has caused saw Esther Ventura-Medina, Chair of IChemE’s Education Special Interest Group (EdSIG), to reflect on what still needs to be done for the virtual future in an article in The Chemical Engineer.

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Climate Change, Hazards and Digitalisation

In this blog, Sam Wilkinson, committee member and communications lead on our Learned Society Committee, discusses IChemE’s ongoing learned society activity. Continue reading Climate Change, Hazards and Digitalisation

Storing surplus energy – IChemE Energy, Research Project & Outstanding Achievement Award Winner 2019

“This technology is about storing energy in the form of heat, which is important because over 50% of global energy is used as heat, which emits carbon dioxide. So, this [process] helps to turn a renewable into heat.”

Congratulations to the Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage, University of Birmingham and Jinhe Energy. They took home the Energy, Research Project and Outstanding Achievement Awards at the IChemE Global Awards 2019 for their project, ‘The NexGen-TEST Project’.

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Decarbonising the gas grid – IChemE Young Industrialist Award winner 2019

“To be an IChemE Global Award winner feels a very large honour and a vindication of all the decisions I’ve made in my career so far.”

That’s how Chartered Chemical Engineer and Chartered Mechanical Engineer Thomas Isaac felt after being presented with the Young Industrialist Award at the IChemE Global Awards 2019.

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GUEST BLOG: STEM apprentices’ contribution to the COVID-19 pandemic

In this blog, IChemE Fellow Kate Barclay talks about how STEM apprentices are at the forefront of the pandemic as well as the importance of developing and supporting applied, industry-relevant STEM talent.

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From waste wood to useful goods – IChemE Young Researcher Award winner 2019

An Imperial College London PhD student turned co-founder of sustainable solutions company Chrysalix Technologies, chemical engineer Florence Gschwend is passionate about creating a clean future for all.

It’s her company’s initiative the BioFlex Process – a process that turns thousands of tonnes of unused biomass material, including agricultural residues, energy crops and waste construction wood, into new raw material – that won her the Younger Researcher Award at the IChemE Global Awards 2019.

To mark World Environment Day today (5 June), we’re sharing Florence’s story. In this video Florence explains more about how she and her colleagues are scaling up this sustainable technology and why she was delighted to be crowned the category winner at the IChemE Global Awards.

Do you know a young researcher who is using their technical knowledge to help address important economic, environmental or social issues?

Why not nominate them for the Young Researcher Award. Nominations are open now. The deadline for entries has been extended until 10 July 2020.

Find out more about this category and enter online at: www.icheme.org/globalawards

This video was produced by CMA Video

A learned society with international reach

In this blog, Sam Wilkinson, committee member and communications lead on the Learned Society Committee, discusses IChemE’s ongoing learned society activity that is contributing to achieving Aim 2 of Strategy 2024.

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Thanking our volunteers for keeping our wheels turning during the coronavirus – UK Volunteers Week 2020

Our dedicated member volunteers around the world are the life and soul of the Institution. Without their efforts we couldn’t fulfil our duties as a qualifying body or a learned society. Or truly be an organisation that is led by members, supports members and serves society.

Their efforts and activities are appreciated by the Institution all year round. And, as part of IChemE’s Strategy 2024, we are working to further improve the volunteer experience to ensure the membership remains a vibrant and thriving community. This is one of President Stephen Richardson’s top priorities, and that’s why at the end of 2019 he initiated a two-year programme to improve support for and better recognise volunteers. We are currently reviewing processes and documentation and planning how we can better align and improve them across the organisation, whilst adopting best practice. We’ll provide further updates on this in the coming months as the programme of work progresses.

As we entered 2020, no-one could have predicted the effect coronavirus would have on individuals, organisations and our health services across the world. At IChemE, we’ve been adapting our procedures so we can still maintain the same standards of services to our members, and our fellow professionals across academia and industry. A huge thank you to all of our volunteers across the world who are leading this effort.

To mark Volunteers Week in the UK (1-7 June), we’re sharing stories from just a couple of our many UK volunteers to highlight their great contributions to help IChemE adapt in this pandemic. They explain why now it’s more important than ever to maintain safe and quality practices in chemical engineering to support the wider community.

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Safely storing nuclear waste – IChemE Industry Project Award Winner 2019

At the IChemE Global Awards 2019, Sellafield received the Industry Project Award for their project Safe Retrieval of Legacy Nuclear Waste.

Historically, there were no facilities in place to store nuclear waste safely. Sellafield Ltd undertook a large-scale project to remove the hazardous waste and debris from the open ponds transferring this into safe storage facilities. This was only possible with the collective knowledge of chemical engineers who were all integral to the project.

Learn more from Simon Degler and Nick Elliott who are delighted to be recognised for their achievements in this video:

Has your organisation implemented an exciting project related to construction of new industrial plant or enhancement of existing facilities? If so, enter now for the IChemE Global Awards 2020.

Entries are now open until 26 June 2020. Visit: https://www.icheme.org/globalawards

This video was produced by CMA Video.

Guest Blog: Account from Asia Pacific on the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on chemical engineers in the region

In today’s guest blog, chemical engineer David Platts tells us how he has been working to share knowledge to support chemical engineers in his region during the coronavirus outbreak.

DSCF5083Name: David Platts

Job title and organisation: NZ based Food Industry Consultant (semi-retired)

IChemE role: Member of the Learned Society Committee and Subject Area Lead Food

 

 In discussions with IChemE members in my region, it was evident that although much information published globally was centred on the major economic centres, we too had interesting stories to share regarding our response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Asia Pacific.

Working with the country chairs in Australia and New Zealand, and fellow Learned Society Committee member Alexandra Meldrum, a series of short webinars was planned highlighting how we were navigating the myriad of the challenges brought about by pandemic.

We asked two subject specialists to join us for the first webinar on 23 March. Both presenters shared some thought-provoking content which was extremely relevant to current events, but also challenged us to carefully consider future actions post the pandemic.

Trish Kerin, Director of the IChemE Safety Centre, gave a presentation titled “Decision Making in a Crisis”. Clearly this topic was of much interest to the delegates as we are indeed in a crisis and, for many, this provides many challenges to leadership. A key aspect that I took from the talk was that good leaders need to develop a well-stocked bank account of trust with the people they are leading. This point, I suggest, is highlighted by some of the differing global leadership styles that we are witnessing in many countries.

The second presentation was by Kennie Tsui, Principal Analyst at the New Climate Commission and board member of Engineering New Zealand. Kennie talked in depth about climate change issues going forward. Kennie gave us a vision of what could happen post COVID-19 if we let the brakes off too quickly, referencing the bounce back in emissions following the global financial crisis of 2008. We have a decision to make, follow a new path that leads to meeting our goals for emissions reductions or accelerate those emissions thereby making the challenges even more difficult. A direction that we need to carefully manage – informed and well communicated decisions are critical.

We do hope that those who viewed the presentations found them valuable. If you missed the webinar it can be viewed on the IChemE Safety Centre YouTube channel here.

For the future, please keep your eye open for more webinars as we would like to expand this initiative to the wider Asia Pacific region with more varied content. If you have stories to share, please contact us via the regional members portals for New Zealand and Australia. We would love to hear from you.

 

For more information on how IChemE is responding to the coronavirus outbreak, please visit our Coronavirus Information Hub.

‘Changing communities. Changing lives’ – Marking Volunteers Week in Australia

As a membership organisation that is led by members, supports members and serves society, volunteers are the lifeblood of the Institution.

Without our member volunteers, we simply couldn’t fulfil our obligations as a qualifying body or a learned society. Their enthusiasm and drive to help fellow members, the chemical engineering community and wider society is palpable.

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Training the future bioprocess leaders – IChemE Training and Development Award Winner 2019

Established 20 years ago, University College London (UCL) launched the Bioprocess Engineering Leadership Centre to train the next generation of leaders for the bioprocess industry.

For this, they were presented with the Training and Development Award at the IChemE Global Awards 2019.

Many of the projects are in collaboration with the pharma and biotech industries. Doctoral students primarily focus on problems that look into developing new pharmaceutical medicines and how they can reach the patients that need them.

In total, the Bioprocess Engineering Leadership Centre has seen more than 200 Engineering Doctorate graduates become leaders in the field. Some have even created their own spin-out companies from this programme, raising multi-million-pound investments for the industry and in return furthering the work in the bioprocess industry.

Proud to be recognised for their achievements, here are Gary Lye and Frank Baganz from UCL talking about the project:

Have you got a training scheme worthy of an IChemE Global Award 2020? Nominations are open until 26 June 2020.

Find out more and enter online at: www.icheme.org/awards

This video was produced by CMA Video.

New device allows for controlled medicine release – IChemE Innovative Product & Pharma Award Winners 2019

It was double celebrations for Micropore Technologies, who won in both the Innovative Product and Pharma categories at the IChemE Global Awards 2019 for their project Membrane Emulsification Finally Come of Age.

The team at Micropore Technologies have designed and developed a device (AXF-7), that will allow drugs with complex molecules to be delivered through a standard size needle and released in the body at a controlled rate, as well as making it easier for the patient to administer the drug themselves.

Find out more about the project in this video:

If you have a project demonstrating the best in process or technology in the pharmaceutical sector, why not enter the IChemE Global Awards 2020?

Entries are now open until 26 June 2020. Visit: https://www.icheme.org/globalawards

This video was produced by CMA Video.

Challenging ‘change’ and improving process safety – IChemE Process Safety Award Winner 2019

ExxonMobil was the winner of the Process Safety category at the IChemE Global Awards 2019, for their project Delta HAZOP.

With process safety at the heart of all their decisions,  ExxonMobil put in place the Delta HAZOP programme, which builds upon the original ICI HAZOP process used to design and build inherently safe facilities.

In addition, ExxonMobil also use the IChemE Loss Prevention Bulletin to understand the key learnings from horrific events such as the chemical explosion in Bhopal, India.

Watch this video to find out more about this project:

Do you have an award-worthy process safety project that you’d like to enter in the IChemE Global Awards 2020? Find out more and submit your entry by 26 June 2020 at: www.icheme.org/awards

This video was produced by CMA Video.

GUEST BLOG: Chemical engineers and the diagnostics challenge

In today’s guest blog, chemical engineer Al Edwards discusses how chemical engineers are responding to the diagnostics challenge that has arisen to support the response to the coronavirus pandemic. Continue reading GUEST BLOG: Chemical engineers and the diagnostics challenge

GUEST BLOG: Key lessons from CPD sampling

In today’s guest blog, Chartered Chemical Engineer and IChemE Fellow Richard Cousins, explains a recent member continuing professional development (CPD) sampling exercise undertaken by IChemE.

A member of IChemE’s Professional Formation Forum and a CPD Assessor Panel Lead, he reviews the key lessons from the sampling exercise, and what comes next.

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Sustainably converting natural gas to renewable materials – IChemE Oil and Gas Award Winner 2019

Haldor Topsøe A/S received the Oil and Gas Award at the IChemE Global Awards 2019 for their TiGAS™ Project.

Recognising that natural gas flared into the atmosphere is a waste of resource, the team set out to find a way to convert natural gas, or any carbon containing source, into synthetic gasoline, resulting in better utilisation of resource and therefore more efficient and environmentally friendly too.

Hear more about this project from Finn Joensen and Angelica Hidalgo Vivas, who were extremely pleased to have won the IChemE Oil and Gas Award 2019.:

Entries are open for the IChemE Global Awards 2020. If you have an exciting chemical engineering project that you’d like to enter for this category, find out more and enter at: www.icheme.org/awards

This video was produced by CMA Video.

Teamwork fires up flare in seven months – IChemE Team Award Winner 2019

Nippon Gohsei had to find a way to avoid a non-planned shutdown of operations, so they formed a team with Engie Fabricom UK, Ineos Oxide and Zeeco to ensure that production could continue.

Taking a collaborative approach they were able to successfully achieve their goal of installing a fully functioning flare, and all within seven months.

Their exceptional teamwork earned them the IChemE Global Award 2019 in the Team Award category. Hear more from the winners in this video:

Do you have a project demonstrating excellent teamwork? Enter the IChemE Global Awards 2020, which is open for nomination until 26 June 2020.

Find out more about the category and enter at: http://www.icheme.org/awards

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Converting wastewater to clean water and energy – IChemE Water Award Winner 2019

In Singapore resource is quite constrained, so with this in mind Jacobs Engineering and the Singapore Public Utilities Board developed an ingenious idea by creating a membrane bioreactor to recover wastewater, reclaiming this vital resource for future use.

Winning the IChemE Global Awards 2019 in the Water Award category, their project Tuas Nexus and Tuas WRP, managed to combine the elements of wastewater and fully recover this back into drinking-grade water. Not only that, the project has managed to simultaneously implement a circular economy by creating an energy recovery process, all-in-all providing a sustainable outcome.

Here are Chew Chee Keong and Colin Newbury talking about the project in more detail:

Have you been working on an impressive water project you’d like to shout about? Then why not enter the IChemE Global Awards 2020.

Entries are now open until 26 June 2020. Visit: www.icheme.org/awards

This video was produced by CMA Video.

GUEST BLOG: Individual Case Procedure

At IChemE we’re undertaking a series of projects that aim to improve member services, service delivery and the sustainability of our Institution.

One of these is an overarching project called Programme SMART which, as IChemE’s Vice President of Qualifications Ainslie Just discussed in our recent blog, aims to deliver sustainable membership growth.

In today’s blog, Rob Best who is the Chair of the Individual Case Procedure Task and Finish Group, provides an update on one of the projects in the “Flexible Pathways to Membership” area of Programme SMART.

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Innovative BPA-free coating provides safe food packaging – IChemE Food & Drink Award Winner 2019

Bitrez Ltd took home the IChemE Global Award 2019 in the Food and Drink category for their product Curaphen.

Specialising in manufacturing synthetic resins and advanced polymers, Bitrez Ltd have developed an alternative to Bisphenol A (BPA)-based coatings used in food and drink products. Curaphen, is a BPA-free phenolic resin, which is completely safe and provides the same internal protection in food packaging.

This innovative solution has been a game-changer in the industry and has earned Bitrez Ltd the Queen’s Award as a result.

Paul Jones explains more in this video about the many benefits to Curaphen:

If you have a project, process or product that showcases innovation to optimise manufacturing operations and contribute to the manufacturing of safe, sustainable food or drink, then enter the IChemE Global Awards 2020 here.

Entries are now open until 26 June 2020. Visit: https://www.icheme.org/globalawards

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Microwave technology produces high quality graphene – IChemE Business Start-up Award Winner 2019

Winner of the IChemE Global Awards 2019 in the Business Start-up category was University College London (UCL), for their project, Continuous Graphene Manufacturing by Microwave.

In what was a five-year long project, the team at UCL were successful in their mission to develop a new material for the industry using microwave technology to effectively and efficiently transfer data quickly without using too much energy.

Graphene, which is a high-grade single sheet of 2D carbon material, is made up of lots of chemical and physical properties and can enhance the energy storage intensity. The challenge now for the team is to find a way to create larger quantities in an economical way.

Find out more about this project in the Winners video:

Have you been working on a Business Start-up project that demonstrates contribution to advancing the chemical, biochemical or process industries? If yes, then enter the Global Awards 2020 this year and be in for the chance to take home the award in 2020.

Entries are now open until 26 June 2020. Visit: https://www.icheme.org/globalawards

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