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Lloyds Energy to create 700 jobs in liquid gas trade

Lloyds Energy Group LLC has submitted a formal application to export Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to countries with a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the US, creating a large number of jobs in the process.

Production involves extreme compression of natural gas, often methane, in order to improve the transportation process. The volume in a liquid state is 600 times less than in a gaseous form.

Exporting from their facility in Calhoun County, Texas, the project will be known as Point Comfort LNG and aims to significantly benefit the south central Texas coastal region, in part in the creation of around 700 direct, long-term jobs.

Lloyds Energy expects the project to also indirectly lead to thousands more jobs, as well as economic benefits and a predicted hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.

“Lloyds Energy is strongly positioned to meet client demand, and submitting our Point Comfort LNG FTA application is an important first step towards making the final investment decision,” said Philip Holland, Lloyds Energy CEO. “The U.S. has an abundant supply of natural gas and the international market has a growing demand for cleaner, more-efficient fuel.”

 The company hopes to expand further into new territories, and with a potential new deal between the US and UK on the cards, many more could start setting their sights on Britain within the coming year.

Crises, CCTV and Cyber Crime top the total security summit

The global landscape has experienced a rather monumental change over the last year, with security being more relevant than ever as we go into 2017.

The first Total Security Summit of the year is determined to address these issues and uncertainties in a bespoke two-day event for security professionals.

Meet, share, connect and debate business relevant to your current and future projects with matchmade face-to-face meetings, experience a day of dining, drinks and discussion as you network with fellow business professionals and attend seminars covering a range of relevant topics.

Reaching a landmark age in political global challenges and uncertainties, it’s vital to prepare for the future, protecting crowded areas, addressing terror threats and discussing counter-terrorism is Dr Anna Maria Brudenell, Lecturer in Military and Security Studies,
Cranfield Defence and Security for the first seminar on Global Security Strategy.

As terror threats continue to rise and evolve without warning, discussing and understanding the implications is crucial to develop your security in a crisis. Chris Phillips, Managing Director, International Protect and Prepare Security Office (IPPSO) is presenting seminar 2 on Crisis Management and Communications

Video surveillance is being used in greater quantity and with higher quality expectations, with Britain among the leaders in CCTV operation, but are the benefits worth the cost? With few resources and increasing legal parameters, Simon Lambert, Independent CCTV Consultants, Lambert Associates is discussing  CCTV and Video Surveillance in seminar 3.

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John Marsden, Head of Fraud, Equifax, is discussing how to identify and tackle theft as it happens, assessing risk, detecting threats and ensuring on-going training in Seminar 4: Keeping your Business’ Cash and Assets Safe and Secure

Going into your second day, and following morning networking, James Willison, Founder, Unified Security Ltd goes digital. As our dependency on technology grows, many companies are more vulnerable than ever, between data and privacy risks to ransomware, hackers are becoming more sophisticated, and businesses need to adapt quickly for Seminar 5 on Cyber Crime – the United Security Response.

With a continuing rise in companies at risk of fraud, from physical fraud to high level hacking, security needs to be tight across the board, and the final seminar before more discussion and networking addresses these fears. Fraud Prevention with David Lee, Fraud Prevention Manager, Transport for London sees the summit almost to a close.

Taking place between the 13-14 March at the Radisson Blu Hotel, London Stansted, this year’s Total Security Summit is the industry go-to for professionals.

To secure a complimentary delegate place at either of the two annual Total Security Summit events, call Liz Cowell on 01992 374 072 or email l.cowell@forumevents.co.uk.

Or, to attend either event as a supplier, call Nick Stannard on 01992 374 092 or email n.stannard@formumevents.co.uk.

For more information, visit www.totalsecuritysummit.co.uk.

‘Modern’ safety and health challenges studied in new book…

A new book based on research funded by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) has investigated the changing context of health and safety policy and
‘modern’ concerns emerging in the OSH sector.

The chartered body commissioned studies over a five-year period by teams from: the
Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM), Cranfield University, Loughborough University, and the universities of Reading, Portsmouth and Nottingham to create Health and Safety in a Changing World (2017, Routledge).

Shelley Frost, executive director of Policy at IOSH and co-editor of the book alongside professor Robert Dingwall, said:OSH is steeped in a colourful history, shaped by public perception and hugely dynamic.  This book explores those facets and provides a perspective on how the OSH professional can respond to the changing needs and expectations of the world of work.

“There are real opportunities explored on how those driving forward OSH agendas can position themselves to influence and shape the future.”

Considered to be one of the most ambitious research projects undertaken about the ways people are protected from injury and ill health in the workplace, were published in October 2016 and can be found here.

To find out more about the book, click here

Guest Blog, Dave Bigham: Keeping the dust settled…

In 2014, the ice bucket challenge took social media by storm. The craze was a bid to raise awareness of neurological disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). One illness, however, that is still fairly unknown amongst the general public but affects up to 7,300 US construction workers every year is Silicosis, a respiratory condition caused by the inhalation of silica dust.

Silicon dioxide or silica is a chemical compound found in materials that are used regularly in construction, including sandstone, granite, brick and concrete. In the workplace, these materials create dust when they are cut, sanded and carved and, when fine enough, this dust can be inhaled by construction workers, causing health problems such as Silicosis or Bronchitis.

The quantity of silica contained in most materials can be estimated within 20 per cent. Sandstone has silica content between 70 and 90 per cent and there is between 30 and 45 per cent silicon dioxide in tiles. However, in concrete, the silica content can be anywhere between 25 and 70 per cent; therefore it is difficult to estimate what protection measures are necessary for each job.1

Using the correct dust collecting equipment is the easiest way to mitigate the dangers of silica dust. From grinding concrete to surface polishing, construction workers need to be aware that they will be creating silica dust, even if the particles are too small for the naked eye to see. Investing in a dust collector that attaches onto surface preparation equipment is the best way to keep silica dust enclosed and stop it from becoming airborne.

Vacuums and dust collectors with a one-filter system aren’t thorough enough to gather the finer particles that can pass through the respiratory system and cause health problems. When there is a risk of silica dust inhalation, look for a dust collector with an individually tested High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter and a high minimum efficiency. National Flooring Equipment’s range of dust collectors boasts a 99.995 per cent minimum efficiency rating at 0.14 microns.

The vacuum’s bagging system is also an extremely important component. If the silica dust becomes airborne when the user changes the vacuum bag, the work that the filters have done previously is wasted. Most top of the range dust collectors will come equipped with a continuous bag, which can be cut from the machine and disposed of without being unsealed.

In the United States, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has taken matters into its own hands by limiting construction workers’ exposure to silica. Over an eight-hour shift, workers cannot be exposed to more than 50 micrograms per cubic metre of air.2 This standard was passed on June 23, 2016 and construction companies in the US have one year to comply with the requirements

Despite the US pushing for stricter regulations, it’s a different story across the Atlantic. The United Kingdom’s regulatory body, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is said to be wary of implementing new controls because of their potential costs and the technical difficulties in monitoring a stricter standard. So far, there are no plans to set limits on the amount of silica that workers can be exposed to in Europe.

Contractors, original equipment manufacturers and trade bodies have to coordinate their efforts to mitigate the risks of silica dust by raising awareness about the dangers of breathing in small particles and by promoting best practice when working in environments with high silicone dioxide content.

Fun as it may be, an ice bucket challenge might not be the best way to spread awareness of the dangers of silica dust exposure. Instead, the industry needs to make workers aware of these dangers and use professional dust collectors correctly at all times.

References:

  1. Health & Safety Executive, (2013) ‘Control of exposure to silica dust: A guide for employees’. [Online version] Available at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg463.pdf [Accessed November 23, 2016].
  2. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, (2016) ‘Worker Exposure to Silica during Countertop Manufacturing, Finishing and Installation’. [Online] Available at: https://www.osha.gov/dts/hazardalerts/silica_hazard_alert.html [Accessed November 23, 2016].

Dave Bigham, director of National Accounts and Global Training has been in the surface preparation industry for more than 22 years. With experience working for several of the largest companies in the industry, he came to work for National Flooring Equipment in 2010, and his expertise and years of experience are invaluable to the company.

IOSH’s ‘No Time to Lose’ campaign “of tremendous value”…

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) ‘No Time to Lose’ campaign has been declared as a ‘good practice solution’ to combatting occupational cancer on the ‘Roadmap on Carcinogens’ initiative.

Developed as a voluntary action scheme aiming to deliver good practice between businesses across the continent to decrease exposure to ‘cancer-causing substances’ in the workplace, the Roadmap was created by six European  organisations: BusinessEurope;  the Austrian Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection;  the European Commission; the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work; the European Trade Union Confederation; and the Netherlands Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment.

All parties involved have signed a covenant to keep the prevention of work-related cancer a priority until the year 2019.

Focal Point manager of the Netherlands, TNO, Jos de Lange commented: “IOSH’s No Time to Lose campaign is of tremendous value to the Roadmap on Carcinogens – it offers various solutions that are both well-founded and practical to apply in everyday workplaces, including an international action plan, free materials to raise awareness about occupational cancer, and the option for workers and employers to consult an expert. With this campaign, there is no excuse not to become active.” 

According to research, it is predicted that more than 100,000 European workers die every year as a result of exposure to carcinogens at work.

 

To find out more about the Roadmap on Carcinogens, click here

You can also find out more about the ‘No Time to Lose’ campaign by clicking here