Time Description Location Sessions
10:00 - 10:15

Introduction and Welcome

10:15 - 10:50

Keynote 1: Paul Logan, HSE’s Director of Chemicals, Explosives and Microbiological Hazards

10:50 - 11:25

Keynote 2: Marie Fallon, Director of Regulated Industry, Environment Agency

11:25 - 12:00

Keynote 3: Geert Verguysse, Process Safety Advisor, BASF Antwerpen N.V.

12:00 - 13:00


13:00 - 13:50

Breakout sessions - A

Tank foundations (A1) - Jan de Jong

A tank’s foundation is a critical part of its design. EEMUA has produced guidance in EEMUA 183: Prevention of tank bottom leakage - a guide for the design and repair of foundations and bottoms of vertical, cylindrical, steel storage tanks to assist operators. This workshop will invite members to discuss the latest technology and experiences including the requirements for soil investigations and soil engineering; the types of foundations with their pro’s and con’s; installation procedures and suitable materials for tank foundation. Attend this workshop if you wish to engage in meaningful debate regarding tank foundations.

Management of legacy systems (A2) - Neil Roberts

The UK Regulator, HSE, has identified a number of incidents during its routine inspections of operators where equipment can be subject to excessive pressure even though it is believed by the operator that the process safety equipment is adequate. The Pressure Relieving Safety Systems committee (PRS) has been working with the HSE to develop guidance to help operators manage accumulation of excessive pressure where the overpressure protection system may be undersized or inadequate due to shortcomings or deficiencies in the original design. This workshop will present the current state of the guidance and will request the membership to provide input through personal examples within their plant.

Management of electrical switchgear: refurbish, retrofit or replace? (A3) - Huw Jones

What are the strategies to maximise whole life performance (reliability, availability, usable capacity) whilst minimising whole life cost? Also, when is it in your interest to seek the benefits of technological advances, and when is it just not worth it? The answers are not always clear cut, but a methodical approach can help greatly in the evaluation of options, as some examples will illustrate.

14:00 - 14:50

Breakout sessions - B

ASME B31.3 2014 PWHT Exemptions – an Operator’s Perspective (B1) - Kevin Millican

This presentation discusses the changes from an offshore oil and gas operator’s perspective, and the issues it raises with regards to existing process pipework and for future projects. ASME B31.3 no longer requires PWHT on carbon manganese steels if you apply a decent level of preheat. The EEMUA Piping Systems Committee (PSC) and Materials Technology Committee (MTC) plan to develop a new edition to the previously withdrawn EEMUA Publication 153: Supplement to ASME B31.3 to give the user additional guidelines on the considerations of post weld heat treatment (PWHT) to support the ASME code change.

Training for competency in inspectors (B2) - Mark Cooper

The User Inspectorates Committee (UIC) is planning to produce an Information Sheet (IS) on the assessment and monitoring of inspector competence within the UK. The IS is intended to provide a summary of ways of delivering the training and competency assessment of inspectors that are acceptable to UKAS during their accreditation of User Inspectorates. The current draft includes a number of procedures covering the training and competency assessment of inspectors used by User Inspectorates within the EEMUA membership. This workshop will describe those and debate whether there are other processes or alternatives within the membership that should be included in the guidance.

Functional safety management of installed SIS (B3) - Nic Butcher

Clear guidance exists for many things affecting workplace safety and the reduction of risk, but to date, not so for functional safety management of installed Safety Instrumented Systems. The requirements for function safety management are set out in IEC 61511, but the lifecycle described is focused on new SIS which may leave some conspicuous gaps in duty holders’ understanding of how best to manage existing installed SIS, especially where an installed system did not have conformance to IEC 61511 as an initial requirement. As will be explained, the UK HSE has been working with industry to develop a set of pragmatic guidelines to cover this situation.

14:50 - 15:10


15:10 - 16:00

Breakout sessions - C

Temporary repairs in piping (C1) - Andrew Pearson

Temporary repairs are now part and parcel of maintaining pipework. However, what constitutes a temporary repair can vary widely from plant to plant and industry to industry. All operators are agreed that good guidance will assist them in managing their plant. This workshop will examine what should be considered as temporary, how it should be inspected and managed and when it should be made more permanent. Output from the session will be used by the Piping Systems Committee (PSC) to develop guidance in the form of an EEMUA Publication.

Auditing to ISO/IEC 17020 (C2) - Stuart Tilley

ISO 17020 lays out the requirements for conformity assessment for various types of bodies performing inspection. It is used by UKAS as the underpinning document when accrediting and auditing those inspection bodies. The User Inspectorates Committee is undertaking the development of an Information Sheet to help inspection bodies design their auditing systems and prepare the necessary systems and procedures to maximise the chance of being awarded accreditation. This workshop will debate with all UI present what they believe is necessary and the correct process to undertake. Any UI accredited to ISO 17020 should attend this session.

How competent is your workforce? (C3) - Alan Cockerill

Many industry specific and international regulations refer to the need for competence assessment and validation. However, in the UK, clearly the one from HSE is the most influential. Newer technology requiring new skills, frequent restructuring, retirement of knowledgeable staff, and movement of staff between roles are all drivers for companies to assess, train and validate the competence of individuals in their workforce. In this session, we will share and discuss important competence and training related issues and good practice gathered from members of EEMUA’s newly formed Competence and Training Forum in the context of the HSE’s 15 Principle Competence Model.

16:10 - 17:00

Breakout sessions - D

Non-return valves (D1) - Andrew Walker

Non-return valves applications for machinery are a piping component but also one that has to be designed with the duty in mind. A review of a number of case histories where machine delivery non-return valves have failed to function as the design originally intended. This session will highlight the precautions that need to be taken when specifying non-return valves. It will also emphasise those type of equipment or duties where particular care is required for inspection to ensure that the non-return valves can perform their function without causing a safety incident.

The general application of Phased Array in industry (D2) - Jim Knowles

Phased Array ultrasonics (PA) is an advanced method of ultrasonic testing that is becoming more widely adopted within the engineering industry. Many EEMUA members have either employed the technique or had it proposed by third party inspection organisations. This workshop will provide a brief overview of the technique before entering a debate on how those attending use PA, their degrees of success and the limitations they have identified.

Innovative problem solving in complex situations (D3) - Karen Gadd

TRIZ is the toolkit, made by engineers for engineers, for fast problem solving of safety, integrity, or compliance contradictions and conflicts. This capability was created at the same time as all quality toolkits (now known as Lean, Six Sigma, Systems Thinking, Value Engineering etc.) but in isolation in Russia. This session reveals how TRIZ offers fundamentally different but complementary approaches for genius thinking, solving contradictions and for quickly mobilising available resources for sustainability and cost savings. It also shows 'Thinking in Time and Scale' to plot the best routes forward even in the most complex situations.

18:30 - 19:00

EEMUA Council Reception

19:00 - 19:30

Event Reception

19:30 - 22:00

DINNER with entertainment

22:00 - 24:00

Drinks at the bar