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Experts make Safety Case a reality at Hazards 2016

The inaugural conference looks to enhancing process safety of Major Hazard Installations in Singapore
( | Press Release | 2016-05-20 10:03:16 )
SINGAPORE, 20 May 2016- Hazards 2016 welcomed over 140 participants to the Ritz-Carlton Millenia in Singapore today, in view of the upcoming Safety Case Regime for Major Hazard Installations (MHIs) in Singapore in 3Q 2017.
Hosted by The Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES) and the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Safety Centre on 16-18 May, Hazards 2016 has convened global leading experts in process safety to share international best practices. This inaugural event aims to heighten capabilities of the MHIs to prepare and implement their Safety Cases. It is proudly supported by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), the Singapore Chemical Industry Council (SCIC) and the Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ICES).

Hazards 2016 is organised in response to the upcoming Workplace Safety and Health (Major Hazard Installations) Regulations that were first announced in 2015, which require all MHIs to demonstrate all risks arising from major hazards are reduced to levels that are as low as reasonably practicable (ALARP). The legislation is scheduled to be enacted in 3Q 2016 under the Workplace Safety and Health Act (WSH Act) and the MHI industry and regulators will prepare and build-up capabilities before the new requirements come into effect in 2017.

Following the recent issuance of a draft Safety Case Technical Guidance, the conference also presents the opportunity for MHIs to hear directly from both local and overseas regulators.

President-Elect of IES, Er. Edwin Khew, said: “Significant developments have been made to enhance the safety framework in the Singapore chemical process industry. At this critical juncture whereby Singapore is moving towards a Safety Case for MHIs, IES has joined hands with IChemE to organise Hazards 2016. Our goal is to provide the industry with a strong technical foundation in line with best international practices in the preparation of Safety Case reports, for the benefit of the industry and the well-being of the public and our economy.”

One of the largest contributors to Singapore’s manufacturing output, the oil refining and petrochemical industry currently houses about 100 MHIs. It is of paramount importance to ensure continuing safe operations of MHIs in a sustainable manner to protect persons at work, the MHI industry, neighbouring communities and the environment.

IChemE Singapore Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the IES Chemical and Process Engineering Technical Committee, Joe Eades, said: “Hazards 2016 will enable the chemical process industry to learn from the experience of leading professionals, from countries with established Safety Case regime. In doing so, they will be better positioned to deliver their Safety Cases to various stakeholders. This is a unique opportunity to hear directly from regulators about compliance expectations following the issue of technical guidance and revised QRA requirements.”

Director of IChemE’s Safety Centre, Trish Kerin said: “When new safety legislation is introduced it is vitally important that we provide professionals with the tools and knowledge they need to implement it. I am delighted to be part of an event that has identified a challenge, and made it integral to the conference programme – so that we can make Safety Case a reality in Singapore.”

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