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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.
Niels Jensen,
20 Jan 2015, 04:01