California agency investigates Tesla over safety concerns

The probe follows allegations the car manufacturer failed to disclose legally mandated reports on serious worker injuries

Health and safety framework for waste sector launched in Scotland

A new health and safety framework for the waste management industry has been launched in Scotland. It is the first of its kind in the UK, according to Zero Waste Scotland. The framework focuses on a number of disciplines which will provide competencies for all frontline roles in household, commercial and industrial waste management. It […]

Russia ‘cutting nuclear plant’s environmental impact’

Russia has used innovative techniques at one of its nuclear power plant to reduce its impact on the environment. That was the findings of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) team of experts, which added the Novovorenezh Nuclear Power Plant has improved safety in recent years. It follows the Operational Safety Review Team’s (OSART) 19-day […]

New health and safety pact for wind and marine sector

RenewableUK has launched a health and safety accord which covers both the wind and marine sector. The trade body aims to allow its members to prove their commitment to supporting health and safety standards in wind, wave and tidal energy. Those who sign up to the pact will ensure the right training is in place, […]

“One missing document can stall nuclear supply chain”

When it comes to safety checks in the UK nuclear sector, following paperwork to the letter is of paramount importance. That’s the advice from Dr Glen Little, Director of Nuclear Business Development at Doosan Babcock. He was speaking at UKTI’s Civil Nuclear Export Showcase in London about how essential safety standards are, no matter what […]

China uncovers "20,000 potential risks" in oil and gas sector

Nearly 20,000 disaster risks were uncovered in China’s oil and gas sector during a safety investigation, reports claim. The probe was launched following a pipeline explosion in the East Asian nation in November last year which killed 62 people and is said to have cost 750 million yuan (£75.2m). Reports claim it found that “pipeline […]

China coal mine deaths drop – to 1,049

The number of people who died after accidents in Chinese coal mines dropped to 1,049 last year. The death toll is down 24% from 2012 according to statistics released by authorities over the weekend. In 2012 there were 1,384 deaths and in 2011 that figure was 1,973. Officials said this showed safety in coal mining […]

Emergency response centre opens at Sizewell B

A new Emergency Response Centre (ERC) has opened at the Sizewell B nuclear power station. The centre contains back-up control systems to allow operators to command the station remotely if necessary, as well as emergency equipment, high pressure pumps and vehicles that could be sent out in the case of an extreme event (pictured). The […]

International response to Fukushima disaster outlined

Two years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster and with the situation still not under control, the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) has published a report outlining the response of its member countries. According to the report, member countries immediately carried out preliminary safety reviews following the accident, before completing “stress tests” to reassess the ability […]

Aberdeen’s Xodus wins £1.3m North Sea contract

An Aberdeen-based energy consultancy firm has secured a £13 million contract to work on Premier Oil’s North Sea project. Xodus Group will conduct an underwater design study on the subsea architecture, pipelines, subsea control systems as well as provide technical safety and risk support. The Catcher field is said to be one of the larger […]