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HazardEx in the Regions Humberside event scheduled for late-February

The final HazardEx in the Regions conference and exhibition in the 2012/13 season will take place on February 27th at Reeds Country Hotel, Barton-upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire. The conference programme will feature papers from a mix of industry experts and end users, presenting their knowledge and first hand experience of ensuring hazardous area plant safety at every level.

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Despite global legal directives and increased knowledge and awareness, incidents continue to occur due to oversight, disregard of safety requirements and human error.

Training key staff has long been general practice, but when it comes to safety, particularly in hazardous areas it is essential that all personnel are well equipped with knowledge of operational directives to ensure their safety and protect the plant from potential destruction.This will be the fourth HazardEx in the Regions conference and exhibition in the 2012/13 programme.

Earlier events have been held in Stockton-on-Tees, Aberdeen and Ellesmere Port. Locations have been chosen in key geographical areas for the oil & gas, pharmaceutical, petrochemicals, fine chemicals, pharmaceutical, utilities, biomass, and food & beverage industries.Conference delegates & exhibition visitor registration now open!


Conference bookings are now being taken - attendance fee applies - please follow link below

Exhibition registrations now being taken - complimentary access to all Series exhibiting sponsors:

Bartec UK; Dialight; Draeger (with external 'closed environment' training module); Pepperl & Fuchs; Siemens; STL International

Other event exhibitors for Barton:

ABB, AEMT; Chilworth Dekra; COGENT; Columbus McKinnon; Ecom; Hima Sella;  IMTEX Controls; Intertek, Petrel, Exloc Instruments UK Ltd, SGS Baseefa, and Sepura PLC.

Barton Papers - contact us for the programme

1. Gas Detection - the relationship between ATEX and Functional safety (SILDraegerThe ATEX Directive, which is enforced by the DSEAR Regulation within the UK, is very specific when it comes to gas detection applications, especially when a gas detection system is used as a Primary Protection System. A Primary Protection system prevents an explosion from arising should a flammable gas or vapour cloud be present in concentration levels where any form of ignition source would result in an explosion.

Furthermore, if such a gas detection system was claimed as an independent protection layer and there is a level of ‘risk reduction’ from an unacceptable level to a tolerable level specified, then the knowledge and interdependencies between ATEX and Functional Safety must be known and applied.The paper commences with the fundamentals of ‘Explosion prevention and protection (BS EN 1127-1:2007), and references how a gas detection system can be used to de-zone a Hazardous Area (e.g. Zone 1 to Zone 2).

With a high importance, the presentation announces many of the unknown aspects pertinent to gas detection systems with respect to the ‘Performance Approvals’ required for the measurement values of gas concentration (BS EN 60079-29-1:2007 and BS EN 60079-29-4:2010). Performance Approvals are completely separate from the ‘Method of Protection’ certification (Ex’d’, EX’ia/ib’, Ex’e’ etc.), required by an instrument (e.g. gas detector) for the mounting of such an instrument in a Hazardous Area.

The presentation continues by linking the integrity of a gas detection system with a level of risk reduction, therefore introduces the demands of Functional Safety with respect to Probability of Failure on Demand (PFD), Safe Failure Fraction (SFF) and Functional Safety Management (FSM).Finally, it introduces the less well-known Gas Detection Functional Safety Standards – BS EN 50402:2005 and the pending IEC 60079-29-3.The ignition hazards of static electricity associated with road tankers in tank cleaning and petrochemical recovery operations.Newson Gale

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Under ATEX, zoned hazardous areas must mitigate all potential ignition sources and static electricity is identified as one of the prime sources of ignition. The presentation will provide a brief introduction to the ignition hazards associated with static electricity, how it can occur during operations involving road tankers and what tank farm operators can do to mitigate this ever present under the radar risk

Meeting the Functional Safety Challenge


The use of functional safety is often a key tool in helping achieve overall process safety objectives. The IEC61508 and IEC61511 standards represent best practice - but meeting their requirements requires more than just the use of SIL rated components. It involves a wide range of aspects, some technical, some organisational and some people related.This paper outlines some of the challenges with particular emphasis on tackling the systematic errors that can render a safety system ineffective. It discusses a wide range of topics such as the safety lifecycle, functional safety management and competence and finally gives an example of a safety lifecycle tool aimed at simplifying many aspects of safety system implementation whilst reducing the likelihood of systematic errors in the context of an integrated environment.

The National Skills Academy – Process Industries


In the wake of major accidents around the globe, and building on the recommendations of the Process Safety Leadership Group, in 2010 the Skills  Academy and Cogent SSC announced the formation of a Process Safety  Management Project Board with senior industry and union representatives, the  HSE, CIA, TSA, UKPIA and IChemE, to tackle the issue of quality assuring Process Safety training. An update on activities and how it can help you.

Ex d, or Ex e? That is the question!


When buying or replacing Hazardous Area Equipment, A company should consider how easily an Ex”d,” Ex “e,” or Ex “n” can be maintained and repaired. All have their quirks that the maintenance engineer should be aware of.Over the years various protection concepts have been developed to ensure that equipment being fitted in a Hazardous Area will not cause an explosion. Each concept has its advantages and disadvantages, some are better than others, some are lighter, some are more easily serviced and maintained. As with anything in life, each solution has a compromise. The AEMT looks at these designs and highlights what could affect the maintenance and repair of machines as they get a bit older.Breaking through the power barrier with intrinsic safety

Pepperl & Fuchs

Intrinsic safety is one of, if not the safest method of ignition protection and thus favoured in the process industry. Working on intrinsically safe electrical connections can never ignite a potentially hazardous atmosphere. Its inherent downside is the very low available power of typically 2

W. DART - Dynamic Arc Recognition and Termination is an approach to intrinsic safety where the related components and barriers detect a spark in its onset and extinguish it before it becomes incendive. This paper explains the technical details of DART, the first implementation into real products and the benefits derived by all stakeholders from inception to maintenance of process automation with fieldbus.

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The great Lighting debate – Fluorescent, LED or decide by application?Assuming the necessary certification has been achieved, how does the site engineer decide which to select? Factors such as purchase cost, maintenance requirements, lighting levels and energy consumption are to be considered with the environmental circumstances for each installation. In this session, world-leading experts in the field of hazardous area lighting will pitch their cases for the use of LED and Fluorescent lighting, followed by questions from the floor to the panel.

Their papers are -

Why fluorescent fans need to wake up to LED lighting


T5 and long life fluorescents have their place for now, but it's inevitable that the future of hazardous lighting will lie in LED. It's already the ideal replacement for HID and sodium and Philips and McKinsey predicted this year that 60% of all lighting will be LED by 2020. We can use lots of real life examples to illustrate the benefits being delivered in terms of energy saving, maintenance and CO2 reduction, improved light quality and general performance. The next target for LED lighting will be fluorescent and it'll take a new class of product to do that successfully, but how do you know whether to believe the manufacturer claims for their new LED products? After all, many lighting specialists refuse to believe the LED hype. Our speaker will show how to sort the wheat from the chaff when it comes to LED manufacturers and will also pose some challenging questions for fluorescent lighting fans, for example, why have they only recently been offered 10 year warranties and what are their actual limitations.

Illuminating Fact and Fiction in Lighting

Lighting is very labour intensive to maintain, especially in hazardous and inaccessible areas. When skilled engineers are called upon to replace light bulbs or tubes, the costs can be significant. Choosing the right lighting technology to illuminate the plant, and keep maintenance to a minimum, can be very daunting. LEDs are claimed to revolutionise lighting, but are the energy saving claims justified? Will an LED installation provide sufficient light? How do LED fittings compare with maintenance free fluorescent luminaires that also have a 10 year warranty? All this, and more, will be discussed in what is anticipated to be a very interactive debate.

Further papers will be announced shortly.Contact us now for delegate places or to exhibit as below

The exhibition packages

As a supplier to this sector, you are invited to participate at this event with a small exhibition of your products or services. Each exhibitor will be provided with a table to present their products to ALL delegates that attend this event. 

Contact for paper synopsis submissions delegate attendance

(Please state locations of preference)Russell Goater email -

Contact for more information regarding stands:HazardEx Sales Team via+44 (0) 1732 359990email -

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