2013 Loss Prevention Symposium Presentations

posted May 20, 2013, 8:42 AM by Webadmin Safepark Consultancy   [ updated May 25, 2013, 5:48 AM by Niels Jensen ]
Last week Niels attended the 14th International Symposium on Loss Prevention and Safety Promotion in the Process Industries in Florence, Italy. There was an welcome reception on Sunday, May 12th, and technical presentations all day Monday and Tuesday plus Wednesday morning.  
Niels given presentation at LP 2013
Niels' presentation on learning safety assessment from accidents in a university environment was given Monday morning in the Verde room on the 2nd floor of this old Italian villa converted to a conference center. The discussion reviled that not many university departments take safety assessment of experimental work seriously. Considering the recent events at a Texas Tech University chemistry lab and other events in Europe within the past years, as well as the encouraging results from industrial research labs both in Canada and the USA, this is sad state. One can only hope the situation improve as US universities gear up to include mandatory process safety elements in all chemical engineering educations over the next years.
The other presentation on how to improve CSB investigations reports was in the same room on Wednesday morning. Analysis not included in the presentation attached below indicate that the CSB over the years have shifted form making recommendations to companies to making more and more recommendations to authorities. In our view this is an undesired change, since it means tax-payers end up with higher bills for keeping chemical process industry operations safe. A poster not published at the conference is attached below with these results with clear implications for the cost of public monitoring of process plants. 
At the end of the symposium in Florence it was announced, that the next symposium will take place in Freiburg, Germany in 2016. This symposium will be organized by DECHEMA, and you can follow the developments at the symposium website www.lp2016.eu. Freiburg is located in the south-western corner of Germany with many possibilities for an extended family holiday in the area including visits to France, Luxembourg and Switzerland.
Niels Jensen,
May 25, 2013, 5:34 AM
Niels Jensen,
May 25, 2013, 5:45 AM