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Tata Steel extends EEMUA membership Europe-wide

Tata Steel has extended its membership of EEMUA from just the UK strip-steel hub to include all of its manufacturing and related operations Europe-wide.

EEMUA chief executive, Clive Tayler, commented: "Since joining the Association, Tata Steel has been an active contributor to EEMUA's work programmes and we certainly welcome their closer involvement with the Association on an international level."

Kevin Peacock, Tata Steel Europe's Group Asset Integrity Engineer, commented about the development, "We are adopting a one-company approach, wherein all the businesses (that are now part of the organisation) are also part of the same thought process and follow the same procedures, practices and standards. EEMUA is very much a part of this approach."

Tata Steel Europe's parent, Tata Steel, is one of the world's top ten steel producers with an aggregate crude steel capacity of more than 28 million tonnes and approximately 80,000 employees across four continents.

Chief executive to depart in 2014

Clive Tayler

Clive Tayler

EEMUA's chief executive, Clive Tayler, has given notice and will be leaving the Association later in 2014,  on a date to be confirmed, with the full support of the Board.

A succession management process has been initiated: further information to follow. Meanwhile, Clive continues as chief executive and as a member of The Board, and in due course will assist with an orderly transition through the succession process.

EEMUA Chairman, John Whitfield, said:

"The Board completely understands his reasons for stepping down and he has our full support. I along with other past Chairmen would like to take this opportunity to thank Clive for his commitment and dedication to EEMUA. He has built up and led the organisation to where it is today and leaves behind a resilient, robust and externally well respected organisation with an all-time record membership."

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Better alarms handling: EEMUA launches new edition of industry's guidelines on alarm management

EEMUA, the Engineering Equipment & Materials Users' Association, has launched the Third Edition of EEMUA 191 ‘Alarm systems: a guide to design, management and procurement’ at a special EEMUA seminar held near Manchester Airport in the UK.

The new 2013 Edition, issued with the endorsement of the GB Health and Safety Executive, provides comprehensively revised guidance on designing, managing and procuring an effective alarm system. New for this Edition are Chapters on HCI management techniques and alarm configuration, and Appendices covering: alarm suppression; geographically distributed processes; intelligent fault detection; requirements for alarms; and supporting checklists. Following the guidance given in EEMUA 191 Edition 3 should result in better alarm systems that are more usable and that result in safer and more cost-effective industrial operations.

Since it was first published in 1999, EEMUA 191 has become the globally accepted and leading guide to good practice for alarm management. The Publication is aimed at all those who are about to embark on, or are currently undertaking, an alarm rationalisation process or any other alarm management project. This includes personnel with responsibility for safety and quality improvement through efficient and effective use of alarm handling systems, or who work directly or indirectly with alarm systems in chemical, pharmaceutical, petrochemical and other process industries, the energy exploration and generation sector, and related industry sectors.

At the launch event, speakers from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and the EEMUA 191 authoring committee gave presentations covering implementing the alarm management philosophy in practice; applications in geographically distributed plant; and performance metrics and KPIs, together with a summary of the main changes from the Second Edition.

Clive Tayler, EEMUA's Chief Executive said: "A particular strength of EEMUA 191 is that it was developed by the users of alarm systems in industry. The first and second editions of EEMUA 191 have sold thousands of copies worldwide, formed the basis of training courses internationally and have led to the production of related publications, such as EEMUA 201, dealing with human-machine interfaces."

Copies of EEMUA 191 Edition 3 are available for purchase at a cost of £129 plus p&p and can be ordered direct from EEMUA at sales@eemua.org or via the EEMUA Shop.
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EEMUA CompEx® growth confirms status as the world's pre-eminent IEC 'Ex' personnel competence scheme

Over 32,000 Certificates of Core Competency now issued!

EEMUA CompEx®, the world's pre-eminent scheme for certifying competency of personnel for IEC 'Ex' hazardous area working, has passed a new milestone in recent weeks with more than thirty-two thousand (32,000) CompEx Certificates of Core Competency now issued since the scheme's inception.

This latest achievement underlines the position of CompEx as by far the world's most important international 'Ex' personnel certification scheme recognising core competency for safe working in potentially hazardous flammable or explosive atmospheres.

Since it was introduced in the 1990s, CompEx has grown strongly every year due to the unique characteristics of the scheme:

  • Formally accredited

    CompEx is operated by a Certification Body formally accredited by UKAS, one of the world's leading accreditation bodies

  • Based on EU ATEX Directives

    The CompEx scheme is based on established national and regional legislation and regulation such as the EU-ATEX Directives

  • Based on IEC 'Ex' Standards

    CompEx is based on international IEC 'Ex' and ISO Standards

    Furthermore, the 'user' organisations behind CompEx contribute to the maintenance and development of these Standards

  • Guaranteed to be most effective

    CompEx is most effective because it combines formal learning and knowledge examination with practical assessment to determine overall core competency. The effectiveness of CompEx is also assured by being owned and overseen by user companies who have a vested interest in ensuring safety in the workplace

  • Excellent value

    CompEx is able to offer excellent value because it is operated by not-for-profit bodies with a mission to ensure and to improve safety in the workplace

  • Unrivalled breadth and depth

    The 12 modules of competency validation that are defined within CompEx produce an IEC 'Ex' scheme of unrivalled breadth and depth, allowing certification for a wide range of personnel and situations:
    - Electrical, mechanical and multi-skilled craftspeople
    - Professional engineers responsible for the design and installation of applications and systems for hazardous 'Ex' areas
    - Managers who oversee the operation of these installations
    - Specially tailored modules for specific sectors: fuel filling stations; the water and wastewater industries; flour mills, coal and other dusty environments besides the oil and gas industry, offshore and onshore, chemical and pharmaceutical industries and many more

  • International and multi-lingual delivery

    CompEx is now delivered via a growing number of licensed Competency Validation centres around the world: from Africa and the Middle-East, to America, Asia, Australasia and Europe Currently delivered in English and Dutch; other languages planned.

EEMUA CompEx® explosive atmospheres - application design engineer competency certification launched

EEMUA CompEx® – the world's leading competency scheme for personnel involved in hazardous area working to IEC 'Ex' standards – has taken a significant step forward in 2012 with the extension of the scheme to encompass professional engineers responsible for design and management of hazardous areas.

Up to now, CompEx has focused primarily on the installers and maintainers. The new CompEx Unit (Ex12) Explosive Atmospheres – Application Design Engineer for professional engineers completes the safety linkage across the lifecycle of the hazardous area workplace from design through plant commissioning and operation (figure below).

The new CompEx Unit Ex12 has been specially developed for professional engineers who design applications and systems for potentially explosive atmospheres, in line with the requirements of the international standard IEC 60079 Part 14. The Unit is also suitable for the professional engineers responsible for managing these hazardous workplaces through their commissioning and operating life.

The first group of candidates to be awarded competency certificates under the new EEMUA CompEx Unit Ex12 included personnel from EEMUA Member Companies AstraZeneca, BG Group, BP, E.ON, National Grid Grain LNG, SABIC and Shell. The successful candidates took part in the first two Ex12 assessments held in Q4 2011 and Q1 2012 at licensed CompEx competency validation centre Intertek in the north-west of the UK.

EEMUA launches completely updated Guide to subsea engineering

The new Third Edition of EEMUA Publication 194 'Guidelines for materials selection and corrosion control for subsea oil and gas production equipment' reflects the significant developments that have occurred in subsea materials technology and operational experience since the Second Edition was published in 2004.

EEMUA Publication 194 is aimed at engineers and others involved in the design, specification, commissioning, operation, maintenance, repair or refurbishment of underwater oil and gas production equipment and related facilities. It provides an overview of the current knowledge of the principles and practices of materials selection and corrosion control for these facilities.

Guidance on the application of such knowledge is considered necessary because, for example:

  • The complexity of subsea equipment is continually increasing: items such as multiphase pumps, separators and water injection facilities are becoming more commonly specified.
  • The amount of hydrocarbons recovered from subsea developments is set to increase in the future, hence the reliability of subsea equipment has become increasingly important for the producing companies.
  • Deep water developments have become more common, and the performance of materials in such environments is not well understood and documented at present.
  • Reservoir fluids from marginal fields may become increasingly corrosive/erosive.
  • Relatively little detailed guidance is available in existing industry codes, standards, etc.
  • The integrity of subsea equipment is paramount for protection of the environment.

The Publication was developed by a specialist Work Group of EEMUA's Materials Technology Committee (MTC), which comprised metallurgists and corrosion engineers with particular expertise in the subsea environment and was drawn from leading oil and offshore engineering companies.

Published in full colour in 155 pages, EEMUA Publication 194, Edition 3 (ISBN 0 85931 188 5) is priced at £177 with a 50% discount available to EEMUA Member companies. The Publication can be purchased by going online to the EEMUA Shop (http://www.eemua.org/acatalog/shop.html), emailing sales@eemua.org, or by phoning the Sales Department on +44 (0)20 7488 0801.

In order to help readers maintain their knowledge up-to-date, EEMUA has developed a 2½-day training course based on EEMUA Publication 194 but incorporating the latest experience. This EEMUA course, in association with the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT), is held annually in the UK and at various locations around the world.

EEMUA launches guide to emission reduction from oil storage tanks

The prevention and control of emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from storage tanks containing oil or chemical feedstocks or products is addressed by a new EEMUA Publication launched this week. Emission reduction is of primary importance, not only for economic reasons but increasingly to minimize the impact on the environment.

EEMUA Publication 213 'Emission reduction from oil storage tanks and loading operations' begins by introducing the main theory on how emissions can be minimised by focusing on the source of emissions. The Publication then guides tank owners and operators, manufacturers, designers and specifiers to the most suitable tank type for particular feedstocks based on the true vapour pressure (TVP) of products. Background theories on possible solutions to prevent or reduce emissions are provided. Guidelines are also given on the treatment of the escaping vapours when the achieved level of emissions does not match the intended level or statutory requirements.

The price of EEMUA Publication 213 is £167 with a 50% discount available to EEMUA Member companies.

EEMUA is an international non-profit membership organisation that aims to improve the safety, environmental and operating performance of industrial facilities in the most cost-effective way, developing and promoting leadership in industrial asset management.

EEMUA Technical Manager, Andrew Pearson, said: "EEMUA 213 tackles a key issue both to tank owners and operators as well as regulators. This Publication continues to expand EEMUA's already strong technical coverage in the storage tanks sector."

EEMUA CompEx® firmly established as the world's pre-eminent IEC 'Ex' personnel competency scheme

Over 27,000 Certificates of Core Competency now issued!

EEMUA CompEx®, the world's pre-eminent scheme for certifying competency of personnel for IEC 'Ex' hazardous area working, has passed a new milestone in recent weeks with more than twenty-seven thousand (27,000) CompEx Certificates of Core Competency now issued since the scheme's inception.

This latest achievement underlines the position of CompEx as by far the world's most important international 'Ex' personnel certification scheme recognising core competency for safe working in potentially hazardous flammable or explosive atmospheres.

Since it was introduced in the 1990s, CompEx has grown strongly every year due to the unique characteristics of the scheme:

  • Formally accredited

    CompEx is operated by a Certification Body formally accredited by UKAS, one of the world's leading accreditation bodies.

  • Based on EU ATEX Directives

    The CompEx scheme is based on established national and regional legislation and regulation such as the EU-ATEX Directives.

  • Based on IEC 'Ex' Standards

    CompEx is based on international IEC 'Ex' and ISO Standards. Furthermore, the 'user' organisations behind CompEx contribute to the maintenance and development of these Standards.

  • Guaranteed to be most effective

    CompEx is most effective because it combines formal learning and knowledge examination with practical assessment to determine overall core competency. The effectiveness of CompEx is also assured by being owned and overseen by user companies who have a vested interest in ensuring safety in the workplace.

  • Excellent value

    CompEx is able to offer excellent value because it is operated by not-for-profit bodies with a mission to ensure and to improve safety in the workplace.

  • Unrivalled breadth and depth

    The 12 modules of competency validation that are defined within CompEx produce a scheme of unrivalled breadth and depth, allowing certification for a wide range of personnel and situations:
    - Electrical, mechanical and multi-skilled craftspeople
    - Professional engineers responsible for the design and installation of applications and systems for hazardous 'Ex' areas
    - Managers who oversee the operation of these installations
    - Specially tailored modules for specific sectors: fuel filling stations; the water and wastewater industries; flour mills, coal and other dusty environments.

  • International and multi-lingual delivery

    CompEx is now delivered via a growing number of licensed Competency Validation centres around the world: from Africa and the Middle-East, to America, Asia, Australasia and Europe.
    Currently delivered in English and Dutch; other languages planned.

    EEMUA Support for Industrial Asset Management Offshore

    EEMUA provides a wide range of support for engineering equipment users working in the offshore sector.

    As the world's oil and gas reserves become ever more depleted, companies are exploring production in remote locations and increasingly deeper waters. Against this background, EEMUA has developed its guide to subsea materials selection, EEMUA Publication 194, now in its second edition.

    By popular demand, a two and half day training course has been developed by EEMUA based on this publication entitled: 'Subsea Engineering - Materials selection and corrosion control for subsea oil and gas production equipment'. The training course has been prepared for all those involved in the design, specification, commissioning, operation, maintenance, repair, or refurbishment of underwater oil and gas production equipment and related facilities.

    EEMUA's Technical Committees bring together on a regular basis engineers from user companies engaged in offshore exploration and production. Technical areas covered by the Committees include: Electrical engineering, Machinery, Materials Technology, Piping Systems, Pressure Vessels and Pressure Relieving Safety Systems, and more. The Committees have produced a range of user guides and specifications reflecting current best practice amongst user companies in the offshore industry. A full list of such publications is shown overleaf.

    Finally, EEMUA's CompEx® scheme is the world's leading international certification scheme recognising core competency for safe working in potentially hazardous flammable or explosive atmospheres. In 2011, the number of CompEx Certificates of Core Competency issued exceeded 27,000.

    Northern Gas Networks Ltd joins EEMUA

    Northern Gas Networks Ltd, with headquarters in Leeds, West Yorkshire, has become the latest company to gain corporate membership of EEMUA. Northern Gas Networks is responsible for distributing gas to businesses and domestic consumers across the north of England. Its network comprises 37,000 km of gas pipes, delivering gas to users 24 hours every day. EEMUA is an international non-profit membership organisation that aims to improve the safety, environmental and operating performance of industrial facilities in the most cost-effective way, developing and promoting leadership in industrial asset management.

    "Health and safety is a key focus for our business; we aim to set world-class standards in everything we do. Our objective is to reinforce a best practice safety culture throughout all operations of Northern Gas Networks to ensure we achieve the highest possible levels of safety for the public, employees and our contracting partners", comments Brian Stoneman, NGN's System Control Centre Manager. "We are a responsible business and are committed to the protection and enhancement of the environment in the area we serve. To enable this to happen, we intend to develop a sustainable performance-focused and continuous improvement culture across all health, safety and environmental activities. EEMUA membership aligns well with our approach to corporate and social responsibility."

    EEMUA's Executive Director, Clive Tayler, said: "We are very pleased to welcome Northern Gas Networks Ltd into membership of EEMUA. The two organisations have very well aligned objectives in terms of safety, the environment and operating performance. NGN can bring valuable experience of operating wide-area systems to EEMUA, and should benefit equally from the networking with our other members to share experiences and expertise. We look forward to working with them."

    EEMUA launches second edition of industry guide to Human-Computer Interfaces

    EEMUA, the Engineering Equipment and Materials Users' Association, has launched the second edition of its popular guide to Human-Computer Interface (HCI)* systems developed in consultation with the British Health and Safety Executive.

    EEMUA Publication 201 - "Process plant control desks utilising Human-Computer Interfaces - A guide to design, operational and Human-Computer Interface issues" has been extensively revised and updated since first published in 2002. It gives practical guidance on: the factors to take into account when designing an HCI, display hierarchies, screen display format design and control room design attributes which affect HCI.

    The objective is to help engineers and design teams develop HCI systems which are more usable and therefore result in safer and more cost-effective operation of industrial systems. This EEMUA Guide is also intended to help reduce the need for re-engineering of systems after installation. The goal is not only to make industrial plants more operable, efficient and able to avoid abnormal situations, but to be able to better manage such situations should they occur.  

    The Publication has been written and widely reviewed by users in industry and is based on what some leading companies are doing. The general guidance is directed towards large sophisticated computer-based process systems, but also contains much general information on HCI. Both batch and continuous industrial processes are covered. The Guide is applicable to facilities as diverse as chemical plant, power stations and oil refineries. 

    EEMUA Publication 201 is aimed at engineers and managers in user, supplier and contracting organisations and others that are involved in the design, procurement, operation, maintenance, management, assessment and review of HCI systems.  

    Both the HSE and the Abnormal Situation Management Consortium in the USA have endorsed EEMUA Publication 201. Below is an extract from the Foreword provided by Peter Baker, Head of the Chemicals Industry Division, Hazardous Installations Directorate (HID), at the Health and Safety Executive:

    "This guide is a very useful resource for industry, designers, manufacturers and suppliers in the major hazard sector. Inspectors and specialists in HID will be looking for evidence that the standards and principles in the guide have been implemented appropriately both for new design, and for ongoing review - and continuous improvement - of existing installations. The renewed focus on HCI reflects well the current HID and HSE post-Texas City and Buncefield focus on process safety leadership, workforce involvement and wider human factor issues... I commend this guide to you."

    EEMUA Publication 201, is available through the Online Shop.

    *Note: HCI systems form the essential operator interface to large modern industrial systems. They are utilised in power stations, refineries, chemical plants, utility distribution centres and many other places. They provide the vital means by which the operator obtains information on the state of the plant, enters operational parameters, and by which any automatic control action can be overridden and manual control of the plant be taken.

    Pioneering guide expected to have world-wide significance in the energy sector

    EEMUA Publication 207 "Double Concrete Tanks for Liquefied Gas: Guide to design, construction and operation" is launched today (4 March 2010). This pioneering Guide is a world first in defining good and best practices for engineering such tanks - storage facilities that will be not only safety critical, but also could be critical to safeguarding a part of the national infrastructure for many countries around the globe.

    A wealth of technical information is included in EEMUA 207 - technical content supported by years of experience gained by the authors in building and operating similar structures. The authoring group comprised representatives from EEMUA member companies, such as BP, ExxonMobil and Shell, together with representatives from engineering construction and inspection organisations, such as AF CryoTank, Arup, Lloyd's Register, Technip and Whessoe Oil and Gas. Following the Guide should therefore reduce the risk of mistakes and poor practice during design, construction and commissioning.

    The Publication should resolve many of the technical issues encountered during double concrete tank projects, thus reducing the need for 'technical debate' and improving project timescales, costs and quality. "For an owner who has elected to adopt the double concrete concept, EEMUA 207 will be invaluable," says Dr Derek Hill of Foster Wheeler Energy Limited, a member of the authoring group. "The cost of producing a specification for a tank from scratch is reduced to simply reviewing EEMUA 207 and possibly adding their own preferences."

    Similarly, EEMUA 207 provides for the engineering contractor detailed information that will minimise the risk of obtaining varying quotations from tank constructors. Tank designers will also benefit for the EEMUA Guide: it gives them a clear basis for their calculations. And tank construction companies are informed of the quality of testing and examination required for materials, construction methods and the tank structure.

    EEMUA Publication 207 "Double Concrete Tanks for Liquefied Gas: Guide to design, construction and operation" is available through the Online Shop

    Solutia UK Ltd joins EEMUA

    Solutia UK Ltd, with headquarters in Newport, South Wales, has become the latest company to gain corporate membership of EEMUA.

    Solutia UK Ltd is part of Solutia Inc, a US-based global company with more than 50 locations in five continents, which develops, manufactures and supplies performance chemicals and other speciality products, using applied chemistry to create materials vital to the evolving global economy.

    EEMUA is an international non-profit membership organisation that aims to improve the safety, environmental and operating performance of industrial facilities in the most cost-effective way, developing and promoting leadership in industrial asset management.

    "Our initial objectives in joining EEMUA were to become more involved in its automation and related work programmes based around the EEMUA 191 Guide on alarm management, the EEMUA 222 Guide to the safety-related system standard IEC 61511, and also EEMUA's work in connection with safety-related regulations like ATEX and DSEAR," commented Senior Electrical Engineer, Justin Ogleby. "However, we're aware of EEMUA's activities in other areas such as plant integrity management, machinery engineering, tank storage, and so forth, and I'm keen that Solutia UK also becomes more involved in these areas in the future."

    EEMUA's Executive Director, Clive Tayler, said: "We are very pleased to welcome Solutia UK Ltd into membership of EEMUA. I am confident they will be able to add value and contribute positively to the aims and objectives of the Association."

    CompEx® at HazardEx 2010

    CompEx, featured by JTL, the certification body, will be at HazardEx 2010. CompEx is widely recognised as the industry benchmark for determining core competency for working in hazardous areas. EEMUA, CompEx scheme owner, will also be on hand to discuss its various publications and activities concerned with hazardous areas. CompEx courses are closely associated with EEMUA Publication 186 “A practitioner’s handbook – electrical installation and maintenance in potentially explosive atmospheres”.

    CompEx is distinguished by its unique combination of classroom training with examination plus practical hands-on training with practical competency validation assessment in an environment that utilises real equipment as might be found in the workplace. Over 24,000 candidates have been certificated via the CompEx scheme. There are 13 licenced CompEx Competency Validation centres in the UK.

    Training and competency schemes:
    If they do not come badged with the EEMUA logo, they are not endorsed by EEMUA!

    EEMUA is warning its members and all other engineering equipment users to look twice before they book what they believe to be EEMUA training. What you are booking may, in fact, be training from an organisation that has no connection with EEMUA, and whose courses are not endorsed by EEMUA.

    “Our members put a lot of time and effort into developing highly respected user guides, specifications and other publications, and as a not-for-profit organisation, EEMUA relies in part on the income from these publications and the associated training and competency schemes to continue its good work, comments EEMUA Executive Director, Clive Tayler. “It is disappointing, therefore, when other organisations take our intellectual property and use it to compete directly with us purely for commercial gain. They perhaps do not fully realise how this weakens our ability to develop more initiatives in the future that will benefit the general engineering user community, and help improve safety both in industry and neighbouring communities.

    “I greatly admire the engineers in our EEMUA member companies, whom I believe are constantly striving to maintain and aspire to high standards of corporate and social responsibility, and helping others to do likewise. Our members have developed a number of highly respected authoritative user guides, specifications and other publications over the years, some of which have formed the basis of successful training and competency schemes, notably on storage tanks (based on EEMUA publications 159, 180 and others), on working on flammable atmospheres (EEMUA 186 and CompEx), on subsea engineering (based on EEMUA 194) and others. These initiatives are meant for the general good, and deserve wide industry support.

    “We ask user companies, and their training departments, to look for the EEMUA logo first, and checking we are the provider, before they book a course that purports to be training or competency validation that’s based on our EEMUA publications.”

    Centrica Group joins the EEMUA community

    Centrica plc has become the latest company to join EEMUA, the international membership organisation that aims to improve the safety, environmental and operating performance of industrial facilities in the most cost-effective way, developing and promoting leadership in industrial asset management.
    Centrica is an integrated energy company, whose activities include gas exploration, processing and storage, electricity generation from gas-fired power stations and wind farms, and the supply of energy and associated services to customers. Centrica Group Head of Process Safety, Marc McBride, commented: "We decided to join EEMUA because of the opportunity to share our experiences as a major end user of equipment and learn from those of others; the company sees the main benefit of participating in EEMUA as being the ability to influence emerging industry themes and the development of sound engineering practice, supported by appropriate training, to address them."
    EEMUA's Executive Director, Clive Tayler, said: "We are pleased to welcome Centrica into EEMUA membership. The year 2008-09 has been a period of strong growth for the Association, with increased activities, new products, further financial consolidation and an accelerating growth in the number of new members. In the economic climate of the last year, this has been a huge achievement and testifies to the value placed on EEMUA by our members, by regulators and by others in industry worldwide who make use of our guidance documents and competency schemes. We're confident that Centrica's membership of EEMUA will generate mutual benefits on both sides in the future".

    Applying safety instrumented systems standards in the process industries - New guide jointly published by leading industry associations

    EEMUA, the Engineering Equipment & Materials Users' Association, the Energy Industries Council (EIC) and Oil & Gas UK jointly announce publication of a new industry guide: 'Guide to the application of IEC 61511 to safety instrumented systems in the UK process industries'.
    This Guide, written by leading experts, including from the Health & Safety Executive, provides guidance and recommendations on the application of IEC 61511 for the specification and implementation of safety instrumented systems, systems designed to bring a process plant to a safe state should a hazardous incident occur. It is intended to explain how to use the IEC 61511 standard effectively and addresses the responsibility and deliverables of organisations involved in the specification, supply and maintenance of safety instrumented systems. IEC 61511, 'Functional safety - Safety instrumented systems for the process industry sector' is now widely accepted as the state of the art for such systems.
    The Guide gives general information for all users, together with guidance on organisational responsibilities for end users, designers, suppliers (of systems and products), integrators, installers and maintainers. It is particularly relevant to process industries such as onshore and offshore oil and gas, non-nuclear power generation, chemicals and petrochemicals. Other industries may choose to use the Guide also.
    As a consequence of such recent incidents as Texas City and Buncefield, there is an increasing reliance on instrumented safety critical systems to achieve satisfactory risk levels. Safety regulators increasingly use international standards to decide on what is acceptable and it is generally accepted that effective implementation of the requirements of IEC 61511 is a demanding task. Users of this Guide should find that applying the standard to their organisation's operational practice is made simpler and more straightforward by following the Guide's recommendations.
    The Guide includes useful worksheets, forms and templates. For example, it includes a generic competence standard evaluation form for personnel appraisal, supplied in electronic form on the CD which accompanies the Guide.
    EEMUA's Executive Director, Clive Tayler, said: "Our new Guide is designed to be practical and useful, a characteristic emphasised in all EEMUA's publications. Its approach is to describe the activities required throughout the lifecycle of a safety instrumented systems and cross-reference each activity to the relevant sub-clauses of IEC 61511".
    Robert Paterson, health, safety and employment issues Director with Oil & Gas UK, said: "This invaluable reference document provides the offshore industry with up-to-date practical guidance on the specification and implementation of safety instrumented systems and, as such, makes an important contribution to effective safety management".
    The Energy Industries Council's Chief Operating Officer, Paul Yaghmourian, said: "Suppliers to the energy industries will find this a valuable reference work; the guidance on specification and implementation of safety instrumented systems will greatly facilitate their work in this critical area".
    The Director of the Health & Safety Executive's (HSE) Hazardous Installations Directorate, Gordon MacDonald said: "HSE welcomes this initiative. It is an excellent example of industry partners coming together and demonstrating health and safety leadership by defining good practice on the key topic of safety instrumented systems. Such systems often play a central part in ensuring process safety in major hazard plant and installations in the chemical and petrochemical industries and in the oil and gas industries, both upstream and downstream. The benchmark of good practice for such systems is provided by the international standard, IEC 61511 (BS EN 61511). This new publication will assist industry in Great Britain in translating the requirements of IEC 61511 into practical and effective measures and thereby provides an important contribution towards preventing catastrophic incidents such as the explosion and fires at the Buncefield fuel storage depot".
    ‘Guide to the application of IEC 61511 to safety instrumented systems in the UK process industries’ (EEMUA 222) is available at the list price of £180 (plus p&p). Copies may be bought directly from EEMUA, EIC or Oil & Gas UK. A reduced price is available for members of the three associations.

    Scottish and Southern Energy joins EEMUA

    Scottish and Southern Energy, through its Engineering Centre in West Yorkshire, has become the newest member of EEMUA, the European non-profit membership organisation that aims to improve the safety, environmental and operating performance of industrial facilities in the most cost-effective way, developing and promoting leadership in industrial asset management.
    Scottish and Southern Energy says its core purpose is to provide the energy people need in a reliable and sustainable way. “We first became aware of EEMUA through various industry conferences and events and have noticed that the GB Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has been recommending EEMUA and EEMUA Guides on good and best practice in a number of different areas”, commented Stuart Turner from SSE’s Engineering Centre in Knottingley, West Yorkshire. “When we investigated further, we found some persuasive synergies between our corporate values and goals and those of EEMUA. This helped convince us we should join the Association and become involved in the networking, information sharing and collaboration activities with other EEMUA member companies. Our engineering specialists are now looking forward to participating in the various EEMUA Technical Committees and work programmes, which have the potential to benefit industry and society as a whole as well as ourselves as a company.”
    EEMUA's Executive Director, Clive Tayler, said: "Scottish and Southern Energy is recognised for the highest standards of corporate responsibility, a Company of the Year with a Platinum Plus index in the 2009 ‘Business in the Community’ Awards. Such recognition is only afforded to companies that have improved their business and overall impact on society through leadership and integration of responsible business practices. We believe that SSE’s philosophy and approach to business sits comfortably with EEMUA’s aims in facilitating leadership in terms of responsible, cost-effective engineering and industrial asset management. We welcome Scottish and Southern Energy’s Engineering Centre into membership of EEMUA and look forward to working with them."

    Simon Storage joins EEMUA

    Simon Storage Ltd, of Redhill, Surrey, UK, has become the latest company to successfully gain corporate membership of EEMUA. Simon Storage, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian Inter Pipeline Fund, is a bulk liquid and gas logistics service provider in the UK, Germany and Ireland. Simon also manages third-party facilities and owns eight European terminals, with a total storage capacity of 1.23 million cubic metres.
    “One of our objectives is to ensure that our knowledge base is contemporary”, said Gary Lacy, Engineering Director of Simon Storage. “Membership of EEMUA will help us in this task. We have specific knowledge and expertise in our area of tanks, pipeline and terminal facilities and recognise that other EEMUA members will have different knowledge in different specific areas. The ability to share and exchange this pool of knowledge is valuable and, being a relatively smaller player compared to some of the other members, we are able to contribute a slightly different view on things. “Membership also enables us to work with other members on the EEMUA technical committees to develop publications, which can often become industry best practices recognised by regulatory authorities. In addition, we see EEMUA as a good industry specific source of vocational training and education that will help us to develop our personnel.”
    EEMUA's Executive Director, Clive Tayler, said: "We welcome Simon Storage into membership of EEMUA. I am confident they will be able to add value and contribute positively to the Association."

    EEMUA publishes new editions of two pressure relief guides

    EEMUA, the Engineering Equipment and Materials Users' Association, has published the second edition of Publication 184, "Guide to the Isolation of Pressure Relieving Devices" and of Publication 188 "Guide for Establishing Operating Periods of Safety Valves". The first editions of both were published in the late 1990's and required necessary revision to incorporate recent developments and reference to revised standards. The new editions are available for purchase from the EEMUA Online Shop - Publication 184 is available at £76 (plus p&p) and Publication 188 at £54 (plus p&p).

    EEMUA and IMechE discuss "rogue" materials issue

    EEMUA, the Engineering Equipment & Materials Users' Association, and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Pressure Systems Group held a joint discussion day on rogue materials for pressure equipment supplied from new markets in December 2008. A paper summarising the discussions, which is also an agreed statement of the situation as understood by those present at the meeting, has now been made publicly available here.
    The paper discusses the issue of industrial users and procurers of pressure equipment reporting a significant increase in the number of cases where materials for pressure equipment and fabricated items supplied from the newer, non-traditional markets around the world were either found to be incorrect, defective or the associated documentation appeared fraudulent.
    It has become evident that the situation applies much more widely than pressure equipment. At the EEMUA “Collaborate 2009” Forum in February, delegates received a presentation from EEMUA highlighting similar problems in the mechanical, electrical and electronics sectors that give rise to serious business and safety concerns. A follow-up meeting is currently being organised, to involve a wider audience and discuss ways to deal with the issues raised. To find out more, contact EEMUA.

    EEMUA publishes second edition of electrical safety guide

    EEMUA, the Engineering Equipment and Materials Users' Association, has published the 2nd edition of Publication 178, 'Electrical safety of instruments, instrument/control panels and control systems'. This Publication concerns those electrical safety aspects which should be considered in order to minimise the number of incidents of electrical shock, burns and arcing occurring when installing, commissioning, maintaining and testing instruments, instrument/control panels and control systems. The Publication has been developed by EEMUA's Instrumentation and Control Technical Committee, with input from the Electrical Technical Committee. EEMUA 178 is available at £49 (plus p&p).

    EEMUA releases new publication on cooling tower fans and fin fans

    EEMUA, the Engineering Equipment and Materials Users' Association, has launched Publication 215 'Industrial Cooling Tower Fans and Fin Fans: Guide for Design, Maintenance and Operation'. This brand new Publication addresses the best design, maintenance and operation of mechanical draught cooling tower fans and fin fans used in air cooled heat exchangers. If fans are neglected until they fail, there is often extensive damage to the housing and danger of pieces of blade being thrown out. As well as causing damage to plant, this type of failure presents an unacceptable risk to the safety of personnel. This publication sets out the appropriate maintenance practices and gives a framework for the maintenance routines, including specific details of what is required. EEMUA 215 is available at £43 (plus p&p).

    Visit EEMUA CompEx at Stand 28 HazardEx 2009

    25-26 February 2008, International Conference & Exhibition Centre, Harrogate, UK
    EEMUA, the Engineering Equipment and Materials Users' Association, is presenting CompEx™, the training and competency certification scheme for safe working in hazardous areas, at HazardEx 2009. CompEx is now widely recognised as the industry benchmark for core competency for hazardous areas working. CompEx is distinguished by its unique combination of classroom training and examination PLUS practical hands-on training and competency assessment in an environment that aims to simulate the real workplace. Over 20,000 candidates have completed the CompEx course so far at a network of 12 country-wide approved training and assessment centres. For further details about CompEx training and certification, go to EEMUA's CompEx training webpage. The CompEx courses are closely associated with EEMUA Publication 186 “A Practitioner's Handbook - Electrical Installation and Maintenance in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres”. This publication can be bought direct from the EEMUA online shop

    Subsea Engineering: a new training course from EEMUA

    EEMUA, the Engineering Equipment and Materials Users' Association, in association with the Society for Underwater Technology, has launched a new training course on Subsea Engineering: Materials Selection and Corrosion Control. This 2½ day training course is especially valuable for engineers specifying, operating and maintaining subsea oil and gas production equipment. The course is also recommended for both discipline- and project-focused engineers who want to gain an understanding of the fundamental principles for selecting and specifying materials of construction for subsea equipment, and for corrosion control during deployment, commission and operation. It is based on EEMUA 194 'Guidelines for materials selection and corrosion control for subsea oil and gas production equipment'. The first course is being held on 8-10 December in Aberdeen. A brochure and registration form are available on http://www.eemua.co.uk/train_subsea.htm.

    EEMUA publishes major new edition of its electrical handbook

    EEMUA, the Engineering Equipment and Materials Users' Association, has published the 4th edition of EEMUA 186 'A Practitioner's Handbook - Electrical installation and maintenance in potentially explosive atmospheres'. This fourth edition is significantly updated, with a completely rewritten chapter on hazards in the water and wastewater industry, together with revisions throughout the Publication to take into account changes in standards, particularly in IEC 60079 the principal electrotechnical standard for explosive atmospheres. EEMUA 186 offers guidance for safe electrical installation work in potentially explosive atmospheres, in such areas as petroleum and petrochemical plants, processing industries, power plants, petrol filling stations and more, when the failure to adopt safe working practices could result in the ignition of flammable gases or combustible dusts. The Publication is also closely associated with the CompEx training and competency assessment scheme which provides trainees with essential knowledge and practical skills for safe working in such locations. Now in a single volume for greater convenience and comprising over 260 pages, it is available from EEMUA at the list price of £84 (plus p&p), with discounts available for members and bulk orders.

    EEMUA supports offshore safety and integrity conference

    EEMUA, the Engineering Equipment and Materials Users' Association, supported the Energy Institute conference on offshore safety and integrity, held on 10 September 2008 at the Marcliffe Hotel, Aberdeen. The conference examined new developments in offshore safety, focusing predominantly on installation integrity. The keynote speech was an overview of the findings of the HSE's third key programme (KP3) on asset integrity in the UK continental shelf. Other presentations concerned corrosion management, avoidance of vibration induced fatigue and managing integrity of subsea components, including bolted joints and Ex electrical equipment. Delegates from EEMUA member companies received the discounted delegate rate. A member of the EEMUA Materials Committee spoke at the conference.

    EEMUA sponsors HSE workshop on tank storage overfill protection with Energy Institute

    EEMUA, the Engineering Equipment & Materials Users' Association, sponsored a Health & Safety Executive industry/regulator workshop on tank storage overfill protection systems with the Energy Institute on 22 July 2008. About 40 people from industry and the regulatory authorities attended. The event was judged to have provided an opportunity to air opinions and improve understanding of different viewpoints on this topic, much discussed in the wake of the Buncefield and Texas City incident.

    EEMUA publishes guide to the production testing of valves

    EEMUA, the Engineering Equipment & Materials Users' Association, has published EEMUA Publication 205: A Guide to the Production Testing of Valves for the Energy, Process and related Industries. This new Publication takes the previous four-part series of EEMUA publications on the production testing of valves (EEMUA 170, 171, 172 and 173) and combines them together into a user-friendly format, fully updates the text and includes extended information on test sequences and test times. The Publication has been developed by the valves experts of EEMUA's Piping Systems Technical Committee. EEMUA 205 is available at £47 (plus p&p) by online order, e-mail, phone, fax or post.

    EEMUA TankAssessor course brochure now available

    EEMUA, the Engineering Equipment & Materials Users' Association, has issued a new brochure for its TankAssessor tank assessment training and competency scheme. The brochure is available in both printed form and as a downloadable file on the EEMUA website (www.eemua.co.uk/t_stanks.htm). To request the printed TankAssessor brochure contact mailto:sales@eemua.org.

    EEMUA revises guidance on storage tank frangible roof joints

    EEMUA, the Engineering Equipment & Materials Users' Association, has published the 2nd edition of Frangible Roof Joints for Fixed Roof Storage Tanks: Guide for Designers and Users (EEMUA Publication 180). The guide has been revised to significantly extend the advice on ensuring effective frangible roof joints. Also the guide has been updated to refer to the latest European standards. The guide is intended to assist designers and users of fixed roof storage tanks to carry out detailed evaluation on the need for a frangible roof joint, a weak roof-to-shell connection, for safety purposes. The publication is available from EEMUA for £51 (plus p&p) by online order, e-mail, phone, fax or post.

    EEMUA publishes updated guidance on safely designing and constructing factory stairways

    EEMUA, the Engineering Equipment & Materials Users' Association, has published the 7th edition of Factory Stairways, Ladders and Handrails (EEMUA Publication 105). The manual has been revised to take into account the latest building regulations and construction standards and includes extended guidance on safety equipment, walkways and fixed ladders. The guide is intended for use by engineers, architects and those responsible for specifying access installations, and it has also proved extremely useful for access equipment manufacturers and their subcontractors in developing new products. The publication is available from EEMUA by online order, e-mail, phone, fax or post.

    Visit EEMUA CompEx at Stand D5 HazardEx 2008

    27-28 February 2008, East of England Showground, Peterborough, UK
    EEMUA, the Engineering Equipment & Materials Users' Association, is presenting CompEx™, the training and competency certification scheme for safe working in hazardous areas, at HazardEx 2008. CompEx is now widely recognised as the industry benchmark for core competency for hazardous areas working. CompEx is distinguished by its unique combination of classroom training and examination PLUS practical hands-on training and competency assessment in an environment that aims to simulate the real workplace. Over 10,000 candidates have completed the CompEx course so far at a network of 12 country-wide approved training and assessment centres. For further details about CompEx training and certification, go to EEMUA's CompEx training webpage. The CompEx courses are closely associated with EEMUA Publication 186 “A Practitioner's Handbook - Electrical Installation and Maintenance in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres”. This publication can be bought direct from the EEMUA online shop.

    EEMUA co-sponsors ISO TC 67 plenary

    EEMUA, the Engineering Equipment & Materials Users' Association, together with EEMUA Member companies BP and Chevron, co-sponsored the 27th Plenary Meeting of ISO’s Technical Committee for materials, equipment and offshore structures for the petroleum, petrochemical and natural gas industries (TC 67), held at BP’s UK conference centre on 17-18 October 2007. The meeting was opened by BP’s Group Engineering Director and presentations were given by representatives from Chevron, BSI,  the Gulf Standards Committee for Oil and Gas and EEMUA’s Executive Director. ISO TC 67 has published 136 Standards and has an active programme of 77 more under development.

    Better Alarms Handling: EEMUA launches new edition of industry's guidelines on alarm management

    EEMUA, the Engineering Equipment & Materials Users' Association, launched the new second edition of EEMUA 191 "Alarm Systems: A Guide to Design, Management and Procurement" at a special one-day conference held in June 2007.
    All those with responsibility for safety and quality improvement through efficient and effective use of alarm handling systems, or who work directly or indirectly with alarm systems in chemical, pharmaceutical, petrochemical and other process industries, the energy exploration and generation sector, also related industry sectors, will find the new edition invaluable for their work.
    The conference featured speakers from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and the EEMUA 191 authoring committtee who gave presentations on the management of alarm systems, measuring alarm system performance, alarm systems for batch manufacturing and running an alarm system improvement programme, together with a summary of the main changes from the first edition.
    The presentations given at the conference are available here. (1.4MB)
    Since it was first published in 1999, EEMUA 191 has become the globally accepted and leading guide to good practice for alarm management.
    Clive Tayler, EEMUA's Executive Director said: "A particular strength of EEMUA 191 is that it was developed by the users of alarm systems in industry. The first edition of EEMUA 191 has sold thousands of copies worldwide, formed the basis of training courses internationally and has led to the production of related publications, such as EEMUA 201, dealing with human-machine interfaces."

    EEMUA representative appointed Chairman of ISO working group on Piping Systems

    An EEMUA representative has been appointed Convenor (Chairman) of the International Standards Organisation's working group on piping systems (SC6/WG5). This working group, part of the technical committee concerned with materials and equipment used in petroleum and related industries (TC67), is currently developing a new standard for repairs to pipework. The previous Convenor, now retired, also represented EEMUA.

    EEMUA involved in Task Group considering safety improvements at oil storage depots after Buncefield

    EEMUA is contributing to the Health & Safety Executive's Task Group considering future measures needed to be taken to improve safety at oil storage depots after the Buncefield explosion and fire. The GB Health & Safety Executive set up the Task Group, comprised of key industry trade association representatives as well as officials from the regulatory authorities, as part of the continuing investigation into the Buncefield oil storage depot incident. The Task Group is expected to issue its first report this October.

    New Publication - Risk Based Inspection: A Guide to Effective Use of the RBI Process

    EEMUA has published Risk Based Inspection: A Guide to Effective Use of the RBI Process. The risk-based approach to inspecting industrial plant is now an accepted practice and it is possible to determine and monitor consistently the mechanical integrity of industrial plant and engineering assets by using risk-based methodologies.  However using the RBI process effectively, whilst avoiding incurring unnecessary expenditure of time or money, is a challenge. This Guide has been written by industry experts to assist plant inspectors, plant operators and managers of engineering assets, to use risk-based inspection to its best effect.

    Competency of “repairers”

    EASA, the Electrical Apparatus Service Association (European & World Chapter) has teamed up with EEMUA to offer a new training course in the UK designed for electricians and others who carry out offsite maintenance and repair of electrical equipment used in hazardous areas. This development follows the revision of IEC 60079 Part 19, when a need was seen for not only the repair company to be assessed, but also for those personnel undertaking the repair and maintenance work to be able to demonstrate competency. The “basic knowledge” elements of the course, and some of the assessment questions, were supplied by EEMUA, based on its successful Publication 186. EASA is understood to be in discussion with SIRA about possible certification of candidates under the ISO/IEC “Assessment of Persons” standard 17024. EEMUA Member companies might wish to make their contractors aware of these courses. For more details about EASA European & World Chapter, visit the EASA website at www.easa.com. For course bookings, contact Flexitech Training UK on 01628 630077.

    Online shop for EEMUA publications

    EEMUA's new online shop is now live and should make the purchase of EEMUA publications easier for both members and non-members.  The shop has its own search facility so users can find publications by title, reference number or keyword. If you encounter any problems or have any comments, please e-mail details to .