Preventing death and injury, anaerobic digestion health and safety management conference - an outstanding success
1 November 2011, News release from Recycling and Waste World Conferences
Les Gornall, PROjEN, was chairman at the recent Health and Safety Management in Anaerobic Digestion conference held at Harper Adams University College on 12 October 2011. He reflects on the day.
Harper Adams University College and its biogas plant was the location for the first UK all day seminar on anaerobic digester health and safety. The event was a sell-out. Why?
Les Gornall explains: "We know that biogas from one hectare of break crop maize can fuel a car to travel one and a half times around the equator and financial incentives from governments have built almost 10,000 digesters in Europe, but at a price. While it is still more dangerous to drive to work than operate a digester, there have been some spectacular losses of plant and people. Accidents occur with new operators and newly commissioned plant or at the first maintenance programme. One due diligence report by Zebec for the AD project in Barkip, Scotland, highlighted 13 deaths in seven years worldwide. In addition there were another 23 injuries, 11 serious, mainly in Germany, reflecting the large number of biogas plants there. Every accident was preventable".
"The UK chemical industry has long championed health and safety and ICI invented the hazard and operability study (HAZOP). Consequently the UK implementation of European H&S legislation is far more rigorous than it is on the European mainland. Importers of biogas equipment to the UK often appear confused and lost by the UK safety practice and H&S legislation. This is costly. The seminar was all about providing clarity and judging by the universally positive response of the delegates the seminar provided just that."
Les Gornall will be chairing and speaking at the second Health and Safety Management in Anaerobic Digestion conference on 23 November 2012 at Glenskirlie House & Castle, Banknock, Scotland. This event also features a site visit to the Cumbernauld Shanks/Energen anaerobic digestion plant on the same day, providing attendees with a unique opportunity to explore one of Scotland's newest and most important waste treatment plants. Contact www.recyclingwasteworld.co.uk/conferences; email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01722 717033 for further information and telephone bookings.
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