Founded in 1989 by the four principal engineering institutions, and now with members from other engineering bodies, the public sector, the charity sector and industry, the Hazards Forum’s mission is to enable inter-disciplinary learning between professionals for the prevention and mitigation of hazards and disasters.
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Climate change adaptation and resilience: standards and their application The world is already experiencing climate change impacts; the summer heat wave in the UK and flooding in Pakistan being recent examples. While there is rightly a focus on mitigation and reaching net zero, there is also a need to focus on adaptation. Adaptation is the
Nuclear Fusion: Technology Risk The Hazards Forum hosted Nuclear Fusion: Technology Risk as a hybrid event, at the home of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), at One Great George Street, London and online. The event was chaired by Dr Lavinia Raganelli, a risk and safety consultant at Corporate Risk Associates. Our first speaker, Valerie
Nested Dependencies and Unconscious Connectivity The modern world survives and thrives on complex interconnected systems which normally interface seamlessly and give efficiency and productivity. These systems are complex to develop and engineer but may be entirely un-noticed by the end user. The COVID pandemic has highlighted the interdependencies of both societal and engineered systems, whilst
Regulation of chemicals (Part 2) Risk management within the new UK REACH framework Part two of our mini-series on the regulation of chemicals, regulators and policy makers focused on UK REACH – a new framework of chemical regulation in the UK post-Brexit. We discovered how it will go about tackling the UK’s first ‘substances of
Covid-19: Science and evidence on environmental transmission and modelling Our three speakers gave a fascinating insight into how Covid-19 challenges the science and evidence around environmental transmission and modelling. All three are active participants in Sage (Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies) and co-chairs of the Sage Environmental Modelling Group. The seminar was held on March
The underpinning risks, challenges and opportunities of Open Data To celebrate Open Data Day on 6 March 2021, we hosted a panel discussion to explore the potential of open data in land development. Our panellists talked about what’s blocking its use, and how these challenges could be met. James Madison, from the Open Data Institute
Hazards Forum welcome three new members from high-hazard industry in 2022 This year, the Hazards Forum had the pleasure of welcoming three new members that work in high-hazard industry, in both the STEM sector and for the UK Government. Fluor, Sellafield Ltd and the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) all share in the Hazards
New ONR guidance on safety leadership One of our members, the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), has published new guidance on safety leadership to assist its inspectors in making regulatory judgement and decisions. The ONR guide sets out a framework of safety leadership behaviours structured on the SAFER Leadership Model developed by academics Jennifer Wong,
10 years of the Temporary Works Forum Published 6th October, 2020 History does not repeat itself, but it often rhymes: an inspiration for the Temporary Works Forum 10 years on by Bill Hewlett, Consultant at Bill Hewlett Associates Ltd, TWf Chair 2009-2017, & John Carpenter, Consultant, TWf Secretary 2009-2014. In 2019 the Temporary Works Forum