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20th February 2020

HSE issued report into Chevron Pembroke refinery explosion report

HSE has issued their report into Chevron Pembroke refinery explosion report.  On 2nd June 2011 an explosion on the site’s amine regeneration unit killed four people and seriously injured a fifth.  Following a court decision, of 6th June 2019, Chevron payed a £5.0 Million fine and court costs of £1m as part of a deal it struck with Valero Energy UK, who bought the site after the disaster.  The investigation revealed a longstanding and widespread failure to understand and control risks posed by the flammable atmosphere inside the tank. The explosion and the resulting fatalities were therefore avoidable. The incident was not merely the consequence of errors by individual employees, but because of the failure of safety management systems to ensure a safe place and safe

systems of work. https://www.hse.gov.uk/comah/chevron-pembroke-report-2020.pdf?utm_source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=chevron-report&utm_content=ebul-2002

21st January 2020

HSE revise EH40/2005

Revision to EH40.  HSE has updated Workplace Exposure Limits (EH40/2005) in order to implement amendments to the Carcinogens and Mutagens Directive (2004/37/EC) which introduces or revises thirteen binding occupational exposure limit values for a number of carcinogenic substances.  The fourth edition of this document can be found at https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/eh40.htm or in the Guidance Section of the Simplifi website under Workplace Health Safety and Wellfare.

 

3rd January 2020

HSE revise explosives licensing process

As a result of a review of the regime used for granting explosives licences HSE has updated the existing licence application forms and introduced a number of new forms to better reflect the range of explosive activities requiring a licence and to facilitate the supporting administrative framework.

The forms are:

LP41 – application to HSE for a new explosives licence LP42 – application to HSE for a variation to an existing explosive licence LP43 – application to HSE to transfer a licence to another company LP44 – application to HSE for the Receipt of a Transfer of an Existing Licence FROM Another Person or Company LP45 – application to HSE for a Variation to a licence with regards to Change of Licensee Name/Address of Site/Address of Licensee LP46 – application to HSE for a Licence to Manufacture and/or Store of Ammonium Nitrate Blasting Intermediate (ANBI) only LP47 – application to HSE for a variation to an existing licence to Manufacture and/or Store of Ammonium Nitrate Blasting Intermediate (ANBI) only LP48 – application to the Health and Safety Executive for a Licence to Manufacture Explosives by means of On-site Mixing

These forms can be found on https://www.hse.gov.uk/explosives/licensing/how-to-apply.htm