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Buncefield Revisited: Lessons Learned, Progress Made Webinar

October 8, 2013

In December 2005, the UK experienced one of its most significant major incidents in decades - the Buncefield oil storage depot explosion. This incident was caused by a variety of factors including human errors, poor designs, improper operations priorities and management system failures. Costs were nearly £1 billion from the blast damage to the site and neighbouring industries, disruptions in fuel supply to Heathrow, and the emergency response and environmental cleanup. Additionally, years of litigation and nearly £10 million in fines and court costs ensued.

As a result of this incident, major improvements in the standards of safety and environmental protection for all UK sites storing large volumes of petro have occurred and are being systematically implemented. Also, a set of process safety leadership principles were established for top-level engagement in all businesses involved with significant risks to people and the environment.

In this webinar, we will review the major root causes of the Buncefield incident; key lessons "re-learned" in controlling major accident hazards; progress made in improving both the plant safety and environmental protection; and changes occurring with safety leadership in industry.

What You Will Learn:

Presenter

Mark Manton, PhD, has over 30 years of experience working in the oil and gas industry, during which he has participated in a variety of assignments for Shell Oil and served as the lead for Process Safety Management at a Shell Oil refinery. Manton was also Chairman of the UK Petroleum Industry Association's Process Safety Leadership Network and served on the working group for environmental risk assessment of the Combined Downstream Oil Industry Forum. He has extensive experience working with the UK HSE and demonstrating industrial practices in refineries are compliant with the ALARP principle.

Duration: 55 minutes


 

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