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The Hazardex & PPTex 2020 Conferences

The Hazardex 2020 Conference and Exhibition

When: 26th & 27th February 2020  

Where: Majestic Hotel, Ripon Road, Harrogate,UK

With a theme of cross-industry peer-to-peer knowledge sharing at the next event, speakers will include senior figures from HSE, NTB (notified bodies), major utilities companies, employer/owner operators from the high hazard industries and world leading consultants with others agreed in principle, to be announced in the Autumn of 2019.

For nearly 20 years, Hazardex has been providing key industry information and topical discussion on process safety-related topics. The annual Conference and Exhibition brings together those with hazardous area and wider safety responsibilities to review best practice and the latest research in those areas key to managing process safety effectively. Hazardex will once again co-locate with its sister event PPTex 2020, the event for personnel protection technologies for high hazard industries globally..

Alan Franck
Conference Content Manager & Editor

Russell Goater
Event Director

Day 1 – Wednesday 27th February 2019


9.30 - 13:00  -  Conference Room  -  Keynotes - Leadership 
Chairman: Lee Allford, Energy Institute 

1. 2019 - The Year of Leadership in Managing Major Hazard Risks

Ken Rivers - President, IChemE, and CoMAH Strategic Forum Chair

2. Managing Major Hazard Risks - A Cross-Industry Initiative

Paul Logan - HSE, Head of Chemicals, Explosives and Microbiological Hazards Division

3. UK Nuclear Generation - A Decade of Transformation

Brian Cowell - Managing Director, EDF Energy Generation

4. Major Hazards Leadership: Past lessons and future challenges

Dr Jo Nettleton - Environment Agency Deputy Director, Radioactive Substances & Installations Regulation


11:30 - 17:30  -  Seminar Room  -  PPTEx
Chairman: Ron Sinclair, Technical Manager, SGS Baseefa

9. Evolution and Safety for Wearable Technology

Mark Bernstein - CEO, Wearable Technologies

10. Optical Particle Characterisation: new technology for particulate identification and monitoring

Matthew Cliffe - Technology Lead, Trolex

11. Enhanced Worker Safety in Process Industry Environments

John Hartley - CEO, Extronics

12. The Role of Combustible and Toxic Gas Detectors in Plant Safety

David Riddle - Sales and Operations Director, Europe and Africa,

13. The challenges of deploying mobile devices in a hazardous environment

Jackson White - UK Director, Getac

14. Improving Process Safety Leadership – A personal journey

Graeme Ellis - Group Head of Process Safety, Johnson Matthey

Neil Smith, Head of Workforce Development, Cogent Skills

Day 2 – Thursday 28th February 2019


9.30 - 13.00  -  Conference Room  -  Competence, Functional Safety & Cybersecurity
Chairman: Lee Allford, Energy Institute 

15. Competence in Hazardous Areas – How the IECEx System can Help

Thorsten Arnhold - Chairman, IECEx

16. Reflecting 25 Years of Validating Core Competencies

Martin Jones - Operations Manager, CompEx / JT Limited

17. Managing Cybersecurity and Functional Safety

Sarabjit Purewal - HSE, Principal Specialist Inspector

18. Security Risk Assessments for Functional Safety

Colin Easton - Principal Safety Consultant, Prosalus

14.00 - 15.30  -  Seminar Room  -  Classification & Risk
Chairman: Ron Sinclair, Technical Manager, SGS Baseefa

25. Eliminating Explosion Risks Through Properly Sealed Cables

Jonathan Hichens - Lead Certification Engineer, CMP Products 

26. Using Equipment Protection Levels to Break the Chain

Keith Plumb - Process, Equipment and Safety Consultant BPE
British Standards Institution (BSI)


Gala Dinner & Awards



9.30 - 13.00  -  Seminar Room  -  Risk & Investigations
Chairman: Ron Sinclair, Technical Manager, SGS Baseefa

21. Gaining Value from Investigations

Joe Murphy - Head of Health, Safety, Security and Wellbeing, Southern Water

22. Barrier-based learning from incidents

Paul McCulloch - Risk Management Process Safety & Implementation, CGE

23. Failure to Understand and Manage Risks

Roger Stokes - Principal Engineer, BakerRisk

24. Risk Management & Engineering Judgement: 4 Shades of Grey

Harvey T. Dearden - Engineering Director, HTS Engineering Group






14.00 - 15.30  -  Conference Room  -  Case Studies & Guidelines
Chairman: Lee Allford, Energy Institute 

19. EI Not Permanently Attended Installation Guidelines

Michael Simms - Senior Principal Consultant, DNV GL 

20. Hazardous Area Classification Chemical Plant Case Study

Carolyn Nicholls - Director & Process Safety Expert, RAS


14.00 - 17.30 -  Conference Room  -  Challenges & Lessons Learned 
Chairman: Lee Allford, Energy Institute 

5. Decarbonisation and the Road to Zero

Peter Davidson - Executive Director, Tank Storage Association

6. Decommissioning at Sellafield - Implications for Control & Instrumentation 

Tom Nobes - Process Instruments Capability Leader, Sellafield  

7. Lessons Learned from Incidents

Geert Vercruysse - Process Safety Expert, BASF

8. Forty Years of Major Hazard Prevention

Terry Cooper - Former Global Head of Integrity & Major Risk Management, Total

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