Every accident that happens in industry is one too many. This was the theme of Resolve Consulting’s recent seminar at Villa Arrigo entitled ‘Risk management of potentially explosive atmospheres in workplaces’.
The seminar was held in collaboration with Chilworth Global, a leading consultancy that provides process safety services to large chemical, pharmaceutical, food stuffs, agrochemical and oil/petrochemical companies.
The purpose of the seminar was to address proactive ways of thinking and taking interdisciplinary initiatives to meet the challenges arising from explosive atmospheres.
The event brought together organisations with a keen interest in the field of risk management, namely insurers, authorities and representatives from organisations that sometimes need to manage potentially explosive atmospheres. The latter included organisations from the pharmaceutical, oil and gas, animal feeds, foodstuffs and aviation industries.
The event was addressed by Resolve Consulting Directors Bernard Farrugia and Claude Farrugia, Barry Cunliffe, Principal Process Safety Specialist, David Firth, Business Development and Marketing Manager at Chilworth Global, and lawyer Dr Alessia Zammit McKeon.
Ing. Claude Farrugia delivered a presentation on two ATEX directives – ATEX 95 (94/9/EC) and ATEX 137 (1999/92/EC), commonly known as the equipment and user directives respectively, highlighting their application during the evaluation and assessment of potentially explosive atmospheres at the workplace.
Mr Cunliffe delivered a presentation on ‘Who gets hurt in an explosion?’ This was backed by the speaker’s extensive experience as a Health and Safety Executive inspector and as a process safety specialist with Chilworth Global. He brought over the message that accidents happen in all industries, irrespective of size.
Dr Zammit McKeon covered the Maltese legal scene, in particular employers’ responsibilities under the Occupational Health and Safety Authority Act and Legal Notice 41 of 2004, Work Place (Minimum Requirements for Work) (Confined Spaces and Spaces having Explosive Atmospheres) Regulations, 2004. Dr Firth delivered a presentation on Chilworth Global and its capabilities in assisting local industry in complying with the requirements falling under the ATEX directive and local legislation.
Established in 2006, Resolve Consulting Ltd provides services to Maltese and international clients in the fields of risk management, encompassing health and safety and fire safety management, loss adjusting and claims management, accident investigation and quality management systems.