IChemE and BP publish new animated safety lessons

25-Sep-2008 - United Kingdom

IChemE (Institution of Chemical Engineers) and BP have teamed up to publish a new series of animations designed to aid safety learning through past incidents and experiences. An extension of IChemE and BP’s book publishing venture, the animations can be used as standalone training modules or as supplementary material for safety courses.

The first trio of animations focus on an LPG storage-related refinery fire at Feyzin, France; a refinery explosion at Milford Haven, Wales; and a platform fire at Piper Alpha, a North Sea oil production platform. Each simulation focuses on a single incident or accident and follows the timeline of events from cause to effect.

Lee Allford, Operations Manager at the European Process Safety Centre welcomed the new series: “This is an excellent way for a high hazards site to draw on lessons from disasters which have occurred both in and outside the process industry. "

“With a focus on management system failures rather than technical details, the series provides an absorbing account of several well known accidents which provokes the viewer to challenge their own safety methods and behavior,” added Allford, who is co-coordinating EPSC’s Learning from Accidents conference next month in Antwerp, Belgium where BP’s Frederic Gil is part of the speaker line-up.

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