Following a multi-cultural themed lunch, provided by sponsor Dohmeyer, and dedicated networking time around the exhibition, delegates reconvened in the Renaissance Kuala Lumpur Hotel’s Grand Ballroom for further conference activity.

Centred around safety and security, the third and final session of the day was chaired by Mack Valves’ Director Ravin Mirchandani.

Session 3 Asia SPEAKERS

Milan Sarkar, Secretary General of Asia Industrial Gases Association (AIGA), began the session by discussing AIGA and its’ contribution to improve safety and regulation in the Asia region, in the context of the industrial gases industry.

The safety and technical focused organisation, started in Singapore in 2002/2003, brings together the national industrial gases associations in Asia to work towards the highest possible standards of safety, health and environmental care across the region in the manufacturing and use and handling of industrial gases.

“AIGA takes most of its safety standards from Europe and the US since the industries there are in a more matured development stage,” Sarkar explained to delegates. “However, AIGA adapts them where necessary to take into account the local situations.”

“AIGA along with other regional associations are engaged in developing and implementing global best practices known as Globally Harmonised Standards. Over the years, this has helped in enhancing the safety practices and also in establishing regulations in the areas critical to safety, health and environment.”

“Though AIGA focuses on all areas of safety associated with industrial gases, currently its’ programmes are more focused on improving safety in product transportation, process safety management and human side of safety.”

“Asia is a diverse geographical region comprising developed and emerging economies. The multi-national gas providers have good practices already. So, the target is to reach out to the MSMEs to raise their safety standards.”

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Next, SSA Vincent Lucero from the FBI provided an insight on the industrial gas industry from a safety and security perspective. 

The presentation informed the audience of how to prevent the exploitation of chemicals in the creation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Gas businesses were encouraged to work together as a community, to exchange information and to form a ‘digital trip wire’ around the world to reduce threat and risk.

The concluding message was to know your staff and know your customer.

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Safety within cylinder filling was then highlighted next by the final speaker of the day Ian Davies, Managing Director of Industrial Gas Projects House (IGPH). He provided delegates with an overview of the IGPH Group before discussing the criteria for a safe plant and the strategies to ensure a safe plant.

In terms of criteria, Davies explained:

  • Eliminate
  • Reduce
  • Isolate
  • Controls
  • PPE
  • Discipline

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Davies summarised the above with the following memorable phrase ‘ERIC Prevents Death’. With regards to strategies to ensure a safe plant, Davies listed the following:

  • Design/engineering
  • Functional safety
  • Equipment
  • Factory Testing
  • Training
  • Operating procedures, including PPE
  • Maintenance

He also gave examples of getting it wrong including incorrect specifications/specified equipment, poor designs/engineering, poor procedures, lack of maintenance and control and safety system failures.

At the end of Davies’ presentation, gasworld CEO and Founder John Raquet returned to the stage to close day one of the conference.

He said, “We’re here to educate, inform and provide more clarity of what our industry is doing from region to region, but at the end of the day its you that makes these event, so thank you for being here with us in Kuala Lumpur. Weve already heard from a variety of speakers on many different subjects and we look forward to another day of speakers tomorrow.”

Delegates will gather again at 6.30pm for the pre-dinner drinks reception in the pre-function foyer, sponsored by Herose and Mack Valves, before heading to the conference dinner in the Grand Ballroom at 7.30pm.

The conference resumes tomorrow morning at 8.15am.

Asia-Pacific: Digitsation on the agenda for conference day two

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