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CPD article – Precision parts

Continuing professional development is the process by which OSH practitioners maintain, develop and improve their skills and knowledge. IOSH CPD is very flexible in its approach to the ways in which CPD can be accrued, and one way is by reflecting on what you have learnt from the information you receive in your professional magazine. By answering the questions below, practitioners can award themselves credits. One, two or three credits can be awarded, depending on what has been learnt – exactly how many you award yourself is up to you, once you have reflected and taken part in the quiz.

There are ten questions in all, and the answers can be found at the end of the online version of this article at www.shponline.co.uk/features-content/full/cpd-article-precision-parts

To learn more about CPD and the IOSH approach, visit www.iosh.co.uk/membership/about_membership/about_cpd.aspx

QUESTIONS

1 What were the primary causes of the incident at Buncefield:*

a Operator error
b A malfunctioning safety cut-off switch
c Incorrect fuel input into the system
d A level gauge that kept sticking

2 One of the causes of the situation that led to the Buncefield
explosion was:

a Ineffective defect-reporting procedures
b Not following procedures
c Lack of staff
d Staff were smoking on the site

3 The total cost of the incident was:

a £1 million
b £5 million
c £1 billion
d £10 billion

4 The independent high-level switch was:*

a Recently fitted
b Replaced 18 months before the incident
c Faulty
d Of a different design to its predecessor

5 Successful management of major risks can be achieved by:

a Having in-depth documented procedures
b Considering the effects that corporate structures may have on
safety management
c All partners on multisite operations having their own methods
d Assuming the other partner is responsible

6 The explosion was a result of the formation of:

a A flammable cloud meeting a spark
b A pool of petroleum with a lighted match
c A build-up of excess waste in a corner of the site that ignited
d A badly-maintained vehicle entering the site and emitting sparks

7 How many companies were fined as a result of the explosion:

a Two
b Seven
c Five
d One

8 Who was in day-to-day control of the site:

a The majority shareholder
b The joint-venture company
c The Government
d The Local Authority

9 The COMAH Regulations stand for:

a the Control of Major Accident Hazard Regulations
b the Control of Multiple Accountable Hazard Regulations
c the Chemical and Mixing Hazard Regulations
d the Chemical Operations Major Hazard Regulations

10 The staff should have had sufficient information about controlling
the hazards by:*

a Using monitoring systems
b Controlling the flow rate of the fuel
c Controlling the time that the fuel was received
d Relying on their own working practices involving alarms

* Hint: There could be more than one correct answer to this question

ANSWERS:

1. B & D
2. A
3. C
4. B & D
5. B
6. A
7. C
8.  A
9. A
10. A, B & C

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Alan
Alan
12 years ago

A clear example of mismanagement. As the economy suffers, I think this will be more common as companies cut staff to a minimum and maintenace costs are tightened.
A good article.

Allan
Allan
12 years ago

I thought the article was an excellent way of forcing me to read in depth and understand, rather than the speed-reading we mostly do these days.
It was a concise summary and well written, and as previous people have said, this would be a useful ongoing feature, not only from a knowledge-sharing viewpoint, but also the CPD aspect.
Thanks

Anmarie
Anmarie
12 years ago

This article is great as it summarises the whole learning in an accessible way for everyone. I have previously read the investigation report but this is not a task many would relish, or have the time/inclination to do it! I used the article to validate my exec summary and my thanks to Steven! The link to CPD / providing an alternative approach to gain CPD points is also welcome, particularly I think from those of us who have to fund/arrange 100% of our own CPD through our own pockets and time.

Bodonnell2008
Bodonnell2008
12 years ago

Really worthwhile exercise. At my first attempt I got two question wrong/incomplete and was then able to re-read the article to reinforce the valuable lessons from this tragic event.

Colinhayles
Colinhayles
12 years ago

What an excellent method of not only making sure key points of an article are noted and understood but also of being able to use it as a CPD development tool. Please can we have more

Cpentith
Cpentith
12 years ago

I hugely enjoythe CPD Test, and use to improve my poits tally within IOSH @ College work.

D
D
12 years ago

There was a lot to be learnt as to the causes of the incident by reading the article as it is well written and very informative. The review questions are an excellent idea as they test your knowledge and understanding of the information contained in the article. More articles along these lines of other incidents would be very informative.

Delia
Delia
12 years ago

VERY INTERESTING ARTICLE – THE FINAL COMMENTS ON ‘INTELLIGENT CLIENT’ IN PARTICULAR WITH REGARDS TO PROCUREMENT.

Geraldinemac
Geraldinemac
12 years ago

I would agree with many of the previous comments, being able to use it towards CPD was an added bonus.

J
J
12 years ago

This was a very good way of using the SHP and CPD. Taking learning issues from any event is a key element in implementing preventive actions to prevent any reoccurence.To combine this with CPD I found very helpful, as not all safety personnel have blank cheques to fund a large CPD bill. The reflective reading and memory test was also useful to recall the answers. Heres to the next one. Thank you

Jacklee
Jacklee
12 years ago

Having just sat the NEBOSH Oil & Gas Technical certificate , the Buncefield disaster was mentioned in great detail and used as an example in several instances.

Jctconsulting
Jctconsulting
12 years ago

Hi,

I would just like to complement the writer on a well written CPD article. The information was concise and easy to follow and the review questions provided a basis for testing understanding.

Jmichaelr53
Jmichaelr53
12 years ago

Dear article Writer, i thought the Piece was very good and, intence reading, it’s very sad to see and hear about this kind of Explosion, Accident occuring. Middle of Page 44, blue box, reads ”SAFETY SYSTEMS IMPLEMENTED AT ARM’S LENGTH, NOT GENERIC,RATHER FOCUSING ON MAJOR RISKS-SITE SPECIFIC ISSUES. page 44, legal Procedings were dominated by, who was in control-operation, roles-responcibilities of parties concerned, it’s farcicle to say least. blind leading blind.

John
John
12 years ago

This is a great way to encourage CPD. It really cemented the particulars of the case. Something similar could now be done for Deep Water Horizon. Subsequent months could feature previous disasters and act as a refresher from our NEBOSH days.

Johnpeniston
Johnpeniston
12 years ago

A clear, concise article, that gave me a clear understanding of the explosion.

Mark
Mark
12 years ago

What a great medium to share learnings. CPD would be a lot more interesting if this type of information and questionnaire was done on a more regular basis. I am in total agreement with other members who have suggested “More Please”

Markslater500
Markslater500
12 years ago

I agree with the previous posts that this is an excellent way to encourage CPD.

I look forward to more of the same.

Nevillegardner
Nevillegardner
12 years ago

An excellent way to test understanding of the subject and a helpfull means for collecting CPD credits.

Paul
Paul
12 years ago

It was while glancing through the magazine again, having read the article previously, did I realise the significance of the multichoice answers – some of them did seem strangely inaccurate.

I think it is a great way to gain depth and understanding of articles and at the same time assist members in the CPD process

Rbutler
Rbutler
12 years ago

I found this article very interesting as it was one of the biggest industrial disasters in the past number of years within the UK. The concept of putting a CPD questionnaire at the end of the article is another innovative step by the CPD team in IOSH to get IOSH members thinking about what information they are reading and what lessons they can personally learn from such articles, well done to all involved.

Smitha
Smitha
12 years ago

An informative article, with a great quiz to confirm your understanding of this incident. Some of the questions were still fresh in my mind from my recent diploma course, so it was good to refresh this knowledge.

A good way to gain CPD credits – can we have more of the same please?

Sue
Sue
12 years ago

Great article and very good for testing knowledge and encouraging CPD. Looking forward to more in the future.

Tdonovan
Tdonovan
12 years ago

I use technical reading for CPD e.g. books and coroner reports. This initiative has the added advantage of including an assessment that can be completed and filed, providing efficient verification for this type of activity. Good initiative [Aus]

Tonyburrows98
Tonyburrows98
12 years ago

Really enjoyed this great insight ito the causes and very informative with good questions at the end of the article for CPD. Very well written and explained by steven Brooker and a good excersise. I find these CPD spotlight sections of the magazine extremely good with a terific learning value if you do not know too much about the highlighted areas such as this huge oil/petroleum storage depot.I am a little bit late getting involved with this one due to holidays but look forward to the next.

Wayne
Wayne
12 years ago

A briilaint way of testing your knowledge on articles and events such as Buncefield and welcome more of a similar nature from previous incidents and hope we all learn to prevent anymore from occurring in the future.

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