The Safety & Reliability Society (SaRS) webinar programme is brought to you by the SaRS Webinar Working Group (WWG) with the objectives of: Providing high quality cross industry learning on interesting safety and reliability (S&R) topics, Promoting the message of a safer and more reliable world, Encouraging greater participation in the development of S&R across all industries, Providing presenting, career development and CPD opportunities to individual S&R practitioners, Broadening the reach of SaRS and encouraging more S&R professionals to get involved with the Society, Helping to meet the charitable aims of the Society

As with all SaRS groups the WWG consists enthusiastic S&R professionals who volunteer their time to help promote S&R across all industries. The members of WWG are: Angela Ku – Jacobs, Simon Burwood – Engineering Safety Consultants Ltd., Jibril Okin – Process/Technical Safety Engineering Consultant, Colin Dennis (Chair) – SaRS, Louise Whiting – Barberton Ltd and Eileen Banks – Ultra CSS

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Our webinar programme is partly funded by ESRA (European Safety and Reliability Association)

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SaRS webinars are free and open to both SaRS members and non-members.

1. FRACAS – A Practical Guide to Failure Management – FRACAS Process overview/what makes a good process – a 3 part series

Register for the final part of the series below.

SaRS is delighted to announce another 3 Part Technical Learning Webinar Series, this time on the development and use of Failure Reporting Analysis and Corrective Action Systems (FRACAS) – A Practical Guide to Failure Management.

Over the course of 3 webinars, Dr Joanne Lewis aims to provide you with an overview of the key elements of a good FRACAS process and, based on her experience, how to set up and successfully run a FRACAS team. Details will be provided on what’s needed for success at each stage and advice on what to do if it’s not working or you are in crisis management.

The webinar series is presented by:

Dr Joanne Lewis. After graduating from the University of Sheffield with a PhD in tribological aspects of steel rolling, Joanne joined the rail industry as a product safety consultant engineer in 1998. She then moved to train manufacture at Bombardier in 2005 and became the engineer responsible for the RAMS design and performance of the London Underground S-Stock fleet and the RAMS engineering performance of all Bombardier’s legacy and warranty fleets. Joanne returned to consultancy in 2016 when she launched Integra Engineering (RAMS) Ltd. to provide expert RAMS consultancy services to the rail industry.

Please register for the remaining two parts of the webinar series here:

  • Part 3. FRACAS reporting and decision making – 10th March 2021 at 13:00 UK time. Please click here

SaRS webinars are free and open to both SaRS members and non-members.

2. Fukushima: A Decade On

11th March 2021 at 12:00 UK time. TO REGISTER PLEASE CLICK HERE

11th March 2021 marks the 10th anniversary of the great Tohoku earthquake in which Japan endured one of the worst combined natural disasters in its history when the earthquake struck its eastern coast, followed by a tsunami which led to the loss of thousands of lives. This event, organised jointly by the Safety and Reliability Society, Hazards Forum and the Nuclear Institute Young Generation Network will bring together a number of key experts to discuss what we can learn to make our organisations and societies more resilient .

The event will be chaired by Rear Admiral (Retd) Paul Thomas, Honorary Fellow of the Safety and Reliability Society

Our Keynote Speaker is Dr Mike Weightman CB, the former HM Chief Inspector of Nuclear Installations and CEO Office for Nuclear Regulation and chairman, Honorary Fellow of the Safety and Reliability Society

SPEAKER: Dr Marie-Laure Hicks:

Policy Advisor – Research and Innovation, Royal Academy of Engineering. Marie-Laure leads the Royal Academy of Engineering’s project on critical capabilities for UK resilience.

SPEAKER: Mark Salisbury – Nuclear Institute

This accident affected the lives of tens of thousands of displaced Japanese citizens, resulted in very large economic costs and caused considerable environmental damage in the surrounding area.

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident lead to an in depth international investigation of the event, which has provided key learning in design, resilience and emergency response. 

The events at Fukushima marked a turning point in terms of reviewing how nuclear safety is evaluated and ensured. It has triggered a closer examination of specific site locations and designs associated with those sites. It has also compelled nuclear safety experts to confirm that the principles upon which nuclear safety has been built remain valid, notably the defence-in-depth concept, but highlighted that more needs to be done to ensure their effective implementation.

A decade on from this event we are in the midst of a global pandemic which has immense health and economic costs.  What can we learn from previous events to improve resilience both as organisations and a wider society?

This event, organised jointly by the Safety and Reliability Society, Hazards Forum and the Nuclear Institute Young Generation Network brings together a number of key experts to reflect on factors which lead to the Fukushima accident, the Nuclear Industry’s response and what we can learn to make our organisations and societies more resilient.

Presenter Biographies

This joint webinar hosted by the Safety and Reliability Society and Hazards Forum  will bring together a number of key experts to reflect, the subsequent investigation by the International Atomic Energy Agency and how learning from the event has been embedded throughout the nuclear sector and wider society.    

Chair:

Rear Admiral (Retd) Paul Thomas CB

Paul Thomas was a career naval officer reaching the rank of Rear Admiral.  He was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Brave Conduct in 1980 and the US Legion of Merit in 1998. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in 1998. 

Upon retiring from the Royal Navy in 1998 Thomas joined AEA Technology, Nuclear Engineering where he held the positions of Director Engineering Projects and Director Strategic Development. He moved to British Nuclear Fuels plc in 2001 as Director Environment, Health, Safety and Quality. In 2005 he joined the Board of RSSB Ltd as a non-executive Director .  Paul chaired the Hazards forum for seven years, is a past President of the Nuclear Institute and an Honorary Fellow of the Safety and Reliability Society

Keynote Presentation:

Dr Mike Weightman CB

 BSc, MSc, DPhil; Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the Institute of Physics, Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining; Honorary Fellow of the Safety and Reliability Society; Chartered Engineer, Chartered Physicist

DR Weightman is a former HM Chief Inspector of Nuclear Installations, and Chief Executive at the Office for Nuclear Regulation in the UK.  Dr Weightman was invited to lead the IAEA International Expert Fact Finding Mission to Japan in May/June 2011 into the Fukushima Daichi event and subsequently reported on the implications for the UK nuclear industry.

Following retirement from the ONR Dr Weightman is now an independent Nuclear Consultant with MWA Ltd and also holds a posts as Visiting Professor, Engineering Department, Cambridge University; Non-executive Director, National Nuclear Laboratory; Independent Advisor to the Japanese NDF and NRA; independent consultant to UK NDA, Finish Government; OECD’s NEA, IAEA, international companies .

SPEAKER: Dr Marie-Laure Hicks:

Policy Advisor – Research and Innovation, Royal Academy of Engineering. Marie-Laure leads the Royal Academy of Engineering’s project on critical capabilities for UK resilience.

This project examined four past emergency case studies, including the UK response to Fukushima, to draw out wider lessons for emergency planning and preparedness and recommendations for government. Marie-Laure is a policy advisor in the research and innovation team and also works on a wide range of activities that aim to stimulate a dynamic and thriving ecosystem for engineering R&D and innovation that improves productivity and delivers economic and social value for people from all parts of the UK, including the COVID-19 response project ‘Stimulating R&D for a faster and better recovery’, and leading the follow-up project to ‘Increasing R&D investment: business perspectives’ on late-stage R&D.

Prior to joining the Academy in 2019, Marie-Laure completed a PhD at the London Centre for Nanotechnology, University College London (UCL). Whilst at UCL, Marie-Laure undertook a secondment at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) and has previously worked as a summer portfolio analyst at the Technology Strategy Board, now Innovate UK.

SPEAKER: Mark Salisbury – Nuclear Institute

Mark is a member of the Board of the Nuclear Institute and Chair of the Wales branch and Nuclear Institute Fellow. In addition he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange and the World Nuclear University. He is a Chartered Chemist and Scientist and holds a degree in Chemistry from the University of Warwick. Starting out as a student with Magnox Electric at Berkeley Centre, Mark has held numerous roles in the nuclear industry across different technologies and companies. He has worked on operational nuclear power plant and new build projects across the UK, Germany and Finland.

TO REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR PLEASE CLICK HERE

SaRS webinars are free and open to both SaRS members and non-members

3. Solent Branch – Improving safety at UK station platforms for disabled people – an accident investigation by the RAIB

16th March 2021 at 18:00 UK time. TO REGISTER PLEASE CLICK HERE

In this Solent branch webinar the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) will provide an overview of its investigation into a fatal accident involving a visually impaired person who fell from the edge of a station platform (in South London) and was struck by a passenger train. Following the accident, emergency services staff who had arrived to provide medical assistance were delayed by over 12 minutes as they were unable to determine whether traction current power had been turned off.   The investigation resulted in a number of important safety recommendations:

  • to the Department for Transport, the safety regulator (the Office of Rail and Road) and the railway industry on areas to improve safety for visually impaired (and other disabled) people on station platforms; and
  • to emergency services organisations to improve procedures for their operations on railway infrastructure when access is urgently needed to preserve life.

The accident report and a short video on the investigation are available on the RAIB’s website.

The webinar will be presented by Alex Mason, Inspector at Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB).

TO REGISTER FOR THE EVENT PLEASE CLICK HERE

SaRS webinars are free and open to both SaRS members and non-members

4. London Branch – Road Tunnel Safety

30th March 2021 19:00 UK time. TO REGISTER PLEASE CLICK HERE

The 1999 Mont Blanc road tunnel fire increased the emphasis on tunnel safety.  During this webinar we will hear about what has happened since this incident and how tunnel safety is now assessed and managed.  Dr Fathi Tarada has worked on numerous road and rail  tunnels and he will give an overview of what has changed over the last 20 years and examples  of current projects, as well as the evolution of standards from bodies such as the World Road Association (PIARC).

The webinar will be presented by Dr Fathi Tarada and James Catmur

Dr Fathi Tarada is the founder and managing director of Mosen Ltd, an engineering consultancy. He is qualified in engineering, management and law and is a leading expert in fire safety engineering, tunnel ventilation and Computational Fluid Dynamics. Fathi is the inventor of the MoJet® ventilation system, a patented energy-efficient device that has been installed in tunnels worldwide. He represents the United Kingdom at the Technical Committee on Road Tunnel Operations for the World Road Association (PIARC), and was awarded a medal for Construction Health & Safety by the Institution of Civil Engineers.

James Catmur is Director of JC&A (and former branch Chairman at SaRS London Branch). James has been involved in the safety of both rail (Eurotunnel, Gotthard, Lötschberg, TP Ferro) and road (A303) tunnel projects.

TO REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR PLEASE CLICK HERE

SaRS webinars are free and open to both SaRS members and non-members

5. Basics of Functional Safety – a 5 part series

Register for all five webinars below.

SaRS is delighted to be bringing you another series of Technical Learning webinars this time on the Basics of Functional Safety. This will be a five part series giving an overview on the various aspects of Functional Safety and compliance with international standards and responds directly to topics requested from the previous webinar feedback forms. The series will be presented by experts from Engineering Safety Consultants (ESC) Ltd.

Please register for all five parts of the series via the registration links. For more details on each webinar please click its title link:

Part 1 – Introduction to Functional Safety and challenges of implementing a FSMS. 14th April 2021 at 13:00 UK time. To register please click here

Part 2 – HAZOP & LOPA Study Pitfalls. 12th May 2021 at 13:00 UK time. To register please click here

Part 3 – Methods of Safety Integrity Level Determination. 16th June 2021 at 13:00 UK time. To register please click here

Part 4 – Software Safety Considerations to IEC 61508-3. 14th July 2021 at 13:00 UK time. To register please click here

Part 5 – Importance of Data Collection within Functional Safety. 18th August 2021 at 13:00 UK time. To register please click here

SaRS webinars are free and open to both SaRS members and non-members.

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