Loss Prevention 2016: Register now to get your name on the list of participants!

posted 19 Apr 2016, 08:18 by Niels Jensen   [ updated 19 Apr 2016, 08:23 ]

Loss Prevention 2016 (5 - 8 June, 2016 in Freiburg/Germany) is the international meeting point for process safety experts. With speakers from 26 countries and participants from all over Europe and beyond, the conference offers a unique forum for learning, discussion and networking.  
The tentative programme includes more than 170 presentations – your topic is sure to be among them.

Register now here to have your name on the list of participants (Deadline 15 May 2016) 

Loss Prevention 2016 sets the spotlight on the practical aspects of safety in the process industries including occupational, plant and process safety. Session topics include:
  • Simulation and Modeling
  • Process Safety Engineering
  • Fires and explosions
  • Human and organizational factors
  • Management and communication of Risk and Safety
  • Learning from accidents
  • Regulatory Issues
Keynote and plenary lectures, special topics, poster presentations and an industry exhibition showcasing practical applications provide plenty of information and food for thought to industry experts, safety engineers, technology and services providers as well as associations and policy makers.  Loss Prevention 2016 is an event of the EFCE Working Party on Loss Prevention organized by DECHEMA.  Don’t miss out on any updates and sign up for the e-newsletter now! 

If you have any questions on your registration please contact:

Mr. Christopher Diaz Maceo 
Phone: +49 69 7564-243 

The website of the event,, provides up to date information about participation, sponsors and exhibitors at the event. 

The Loss Prevention 2016 Team 

Presentation you don't want to miss at LP2016: Gas-Phase Detonations in Pipes

posted 8 Apr 2016, 06:43 by Niels Jensen

[LP2016 preview] Gas-Phase Detonations in Pipes: The 8 Possible Different Pressure Scenarios and their Static Equivalent PressuresResults of a thorough experimental work at BASF


The unexpected large number of high quality submitted contributions to the LP2016 event, allowed for just one Keynote lecture (i.e. a lecture of 60 minutes). For very good reasons it is this one! Expect a very technical presentation which every specialist in this area will certainly enjoy. Due to the amount of information included, the scientific committee of the event allowed the author to support his lecture with not one, but two full peer-reviewed papers. Both papers will be published in time for the LP2016 event and will be freely distributed to all participants. This is also an excellent example of world class experimental safety research that is financed and performed solely by an industry, in this case BASF, and then publically shared with the safety community

Further infos on the presentation:

  •  Title: “Gas-Phase Detonations in Pipes: the 8 Possible Different Pressure Scenarios and their Static Equivalent Pressures Determined by the Pipe Wall Deformation Method”
  • Speaker: Dr. Schildberg, BASF SE
  • Summary:

In this work for the first time ever a systematic classification of the different detonative pressure scenarios in pipes is established. To do so, it is proposed to define two different pipe types and to distinguish between 8 different detonative pressure scenarios. In a next step the pipe wall deformation method is proposed which allows to assign to each of the 8 detonative, highly dynamic pressure scenarios an equivalent static pressure which can then be used in the formulae of by the established pressure vessel guidelines, which can only cope with static loads, to determine the desired detonation pressure proof pipe design. Based on the large number of experiments done so far, a proposal is presented which allows to predict in good quantitative approximation all short pipe scenarios on the basis of two long pipe scenarios, which substantially reduces the experimental effort. The expected variation of the static equivalent pressures with variation of initial temperature, initial pressure and the mixture composition is discussed

Key take-home message of the lecture: The existing pressure vessel design guidelines must be improved to encompass the design rules for detonation pressure proof pipe design.
This is a presentation no Process Safety practitioner should miss! Register today at:


Discover Loss Prevention 2016

LP2016 is the international meeting point for process safety experts. With speakers from 26 countries and participants from all over Europe and beyond, the conference offers a unique forum for learning, discussion and networking. The conference programme ( includes more than 170 presentations – your topic is sure to be among them.

92nd WP Loss Prevention business meeting at DECHEMA offices in Frankfurt

posted 10 Nov 2015, 07:31 by Niels Jensen

The secretary of the WP Loss Prevention have today confirmed, that the 92nd WP Loss Prevention business meeting will take place at the offices of DECHEMA on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016. The meeting have been moved from the formerly proposed location near Heathrow to Frankfurt for a number of practical reasons.

LOCATION CHANGED 92nd WP Loss Prevention business meeting in London near Heathrow

posted 3 Nov 2015, 13:04 by Niels Jensen   [ updated 10 Nov 2015, 07:33 ]

The planning is under way for the 92nd WP Loss Prevention business meeting. It will likely be a one day meeting during the first two weeks of February in the London area near Heathrow. More information as soon as dates and venue is confirmed by the secretary.

Review of papers submitted for LP 2016 are in progress

posted 27 Sep 2015, 02:16 by Niels Jensen   [ updated 20 Oct 2015, 02:29 ]

Citation needed
Members of the scientific committee for LP 2016 in Freiburg have started the review of the the full papers submitted for LP 2016. The scientific committee members have until October 18th to complete their reviews, and then a final decision about each paper is done at the fall business meeting of the work group. This allow authors to be notified about about possible adjustment of their work and submit final print ready versions at the deadline published on LP 2016 web-site.

As a member of the WP I have not completed the review of the papers assigned to be. Performing the reviews have as usual been a very good use of my time. I have learned quite a bit, and I think the attendees at next years LP 2016 can look forward to some excellent contributions in focus areas such as the competences of industrial practitioners of process safety and how universities can contribute to improvements.

91st WP Loss Prevention business meeting to be near Leverkusen, Germany

posted 26 May 2015, 09:59 by Niels Jensen   [ updated 26 May 2015, 10:06 ]

The 91st business meeting of the Working Party on Loss Prevention and Safety Promotion will take place near Leverkusen, Germany on Tuesday 27th  and Wednesday 28th October, 2015. The meeting venue will be Hotel-Restaurant Altenberger Hof, Eugen-Heinen-Platz 7,  51519 Odenthal-Altenberg. The hotel website is .

The hotel is located about 10 km from Leverkusen. The best way – other than by car – is probably to use the train to get to Leverkusen Main Station and taking a taxi from there. Hotel reservations are being held, and you should make your reservation directly with the hotel and use the reservation code “Loss Prevention”. Hotel rate is 88,- Euro including breakfast. Please sign up for the meeting according to the e-mail received from the WP Chairman on May 5th, 2015.

Is your student the next recipient of the EFCE Process Safety Award?

posted 26 May 2015, 09:47 by Niels Jensen   [ updated 26 May 2015, 09:48 ]

If have a student, who has recently complete Ph.D.-studies under your supervision, then you should consider nominating this student to be the next recipient of the EFCE Process Safety Award. Read more about how to submit and the selection process here. The lucky recipient will be invited to attend next years symposium in Freiburg to receive the reward.

Would your company or institution like to exhibit at LP 2016 in Freiburg?

posted 20 Feb 2015, 01:25 by Niels Jensen   [ updated 27 Feb 2015, 13:24 ]

Compared to previous loss prevention symposia the exhibition area at LP 2016 have been improved by: 
  • An attractive spatial positioning close to the session rooms, coffee break and lunch areas.
  • Designated breaks for poster and exhibition within the technical programme.
  • Communication activities before and during the event, e.g. listing on the LP 2016 website and in the printed programme.
The terms and conditions of the exhibition has been designed to be attractive to small and medium sized enterprises, and taking into account the registration prices for the event any exhibitor coming with three delegates essentially gets the exhibition for free. The price of the exhibition package is € 1950 plus VAT 19%, and the package includes:
  • 6 square meters of exhibition space (2 meter x 3 meter).
  • 1 table, 2 chairs, 1 regular power supply socket and WI-FI.
  • 1 conference ticket.
  • Option to buy additional tickets at a reduce rate of € 500 - max. 2 extra tickets.
  • Listing in the exhibitor list on the website and in the final programme.
Early registration has the benefit of immediate - and thus longer - visibility on the event website. Read more about sponsoring opportunities in connection with LP 2016 in the brochure attached to this posting. A sponsorship and exhibition application form is available here.

90th WP Business meeting at TU Delft

posted 24 Jan 2015, 10:49 by Niels Jensen   [ updated 27 Feb 2015, 14:12 ]

It has just been annonced by the secretary of the EFCE Working Party on Loss Prevention, that the 90th business meeting will take place Tuesday, April 28th, and Wednesday, April 29th at the TU Delft in Delft, Holland. Meeting agenda to follow.

Recommended hotels are - Hotel Juliana Hotel Delft or Museum Hotel Best Western

Call for Papers for Loss Prevention 2016 is out!

posted 20 Jan 2015, 04:00 by Niels Jensen   [ updated 20 Jan 2015, 04:16 ]

The Call for Papers for the 2016 Loss Prevention Symposium in Freiburg is out. The deadline for submission of abstracts is March 15, 2015. Authors are invited to submit papers related to seven different conference themes: Management and communication, human and organizational factors, learning from accidents and knowledge transfer, fires and explosions, simulation and modelling, process safety engineering, and regulatory issues. These themes are described in more detail below in order help you decide under which theme to submit your abstract.

You submit your abstract of up to 500 words online by clicking on the "Please click here for abstract submssion" button on the DECHEMA event page , which is easily reached from . Your are asked to create an account on the abstract submission system using the following information: e-mail address, first name and last name. During the account creation you are asked to agree to the terms of the providers of the abstract submission software. If you cannot agree to those terms, then contact the chairman of the EFCE Working Party on Loss Prevention.

A new feature at Loss Prevention 2016 is the possibility of submitting last minute posters until the end of April 2016, i.e. less than two months before the conference. Read more about this possibility on the conference website.

The conference themes are 
Engagement and dialogue with those affected by the risk of Major Accident’s issues is an integral part of the management and/or regulation of risks. Amongst the key aims of risk communication are to  inform and advise people about risks they can control themselves, dissuade  people from risky behaviour and enable effective participation in making decisions about how to manage risks. This theme focusses on new approaches for the identification, management and communication of risks in the major hazard industries. A further focus will be best practices for communicating safety and successful risk management to the wider public.

Experience has shown that serious accidents almost never result from a single cause, and that human and organisational factors have significantly contributed to the causes of several recent incidents, in a variety of industries with major accident hazards. Management systems fail to effectively manage the barriers in place, and, since humans implement these management systems, humans are implicitly involved in some way. This theme is open to all aspects of human and organisational failure, and especially to new or novel ways to understand and control these failures.

Preserving knowledge and – good and bad - experience and is essential in a highly dynamic business environment. This theme is therefore focused on systems and methods to capture, retain and store knowledge and the transfer of know-how to engineers, plant managers and operators “at the front”. Case histories are an important source of experience, and the analysis of actual incidents and accidents together with the presentation of methods for systematic incident investigation, derivation and communication of lessons learned will be a highlight in this theme.

Fires and Explosions still cause the highest damage in the process industry. Therefore  special sessions will be dedicated to this threat. The theme covers all topics related to preventive and mitigation measures against fires and explosions reaching from fire and/or explosion resistant design of plants and buildings to ex-zoning, fire detection, alarm- and extinguishing- as well as relief systems. The important topic of elimination of ignition sources will comprise subjects like static electricity, the identification of hazardous materials and the safety assessment  of chemical reactions (e.g. runaway, self-ignition)

The calculation capacity at hand in a normal PC or Laptop allows using simulation and modeling software on a regular daily basis, but understanding the models behind and its limitations is a critical step to judge the reliability and applicability of the results obtained. This theme focuses on the capacity to use desktop methods to simulate and model situations which are difficult to reproduce due to its scale or hazard level and the practical application given to the use of such tools. In this sense the modeling or simulation of: source terms; the dispersion of hazardous materials; fire and explosion; or of any other process safety related aspect including consequence modeling and the prediction of hazardous properties, fits well into this theme.

Process Safety Engineering (PSE) focuses on safety issues in the design phase of industrial process facilities, but is not limited to it. PSE examines, with specific attention on inherent safety and successful engineering practices, the reduction, suppression and elimination of hazards from the manufacturing processes. Potential solutions may include, next to design-based safety, add-on safety features, safety instrumented functions and safety integrity levels, layer of protection analysis, resilience for process safety, and other topics. Contributions dealing with innovative developments in safety aspects of plants and products, as well as new results in process engineering design, are particularly welcome.

Regulatory issues in process safety and loss prevention are dominated within the European Union by the Seveso Directives, of which the Seveso III Directive is required to be implemented in national legislation by 31st May 2015. However this only describes a framework for the control of major accident hazards in onshore operations, and many more specific regulations covering such topics as: classification of hazardous substances; definition of explosive atmospheres; design and operation of particular types of installation, e.g. LPG, tank storage of flammable liquids; as well as offshore oil and gas operations exist. Theme 7 “Regulatory Issues” seeks to address questions related to the development and practical application of process safety related regulations. This should include not only the legal aspects, but also mechanisms and tools for achieving effective compliance. Contributions on regulatory issues which go beyond those of the EU are also welcome.

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