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CATCH hosted their Major Hazards Network on 2 November with over 20 delegates in person and joining online.  This was a special occasion as the group were saying goodbye to their current chair, David Hughes, and welcoming their new chair Dan Rawdin from SSE.  David chaired the first part of the meeting and welcomed our first speaker Gus Carroll, CEO & Co-Founder of Empirisys.

Gus presented an update of the COMAH Strategic Forum.  The forum seeks to drive strategic discussion on how regulators, industry, government and unions can work together to provide leadership and encourage continuous improvement in the inspection, management and control (including emergency preparedness and response) of major accident hazards across the onshore industries.  The group discussed some of the challenges facing the sector with skills shortages and hazards associated with emerging new technologies that require robust regulation.

The next speaker was Russell Page, Continuous Improvement Consultant with Haden Freeman CI.  Russell gave an engaging presentation on Process Safety Leadership and Safety Culture.  Russell outlined the typical features of a major process safety incident and what methods are available to managers and process safety leaders to address this in the workplace.  The importance of process confirmation was explored to help drive culture change.

After a break, Dan Rawdin introduced our last speaker, Oyinda Gunn, Principal Process Safety Engineer with AXIOM.  Oyinda gave a detailed overview of best practice in Consequence Modelling with great examples of how this approach can be applied to industrial situations and how sensitivity analysis can be used to focus leading factors.

David Talbot joined the meeting to present a gift and card to David Hughes and thanked him for all his years of support and advocacy for CATCH and his leadership and wisdom in running the Major Hazards Group.

The next meeting will be held on 7 March at CATCH.



In February, I received a call from Simon Jones to say I had been nominated and successfully been chosen as one of the Top 30 Under 30’s for the Hull and Humber Region.  To say I was shocked was an understatement – imposter syndrome seriously kicked in! To be recognised for this award has been quite possibly my proudest achievement to date.

I started the scheme with completely no idea of what was about to happen.  Spending the last 8 months, with a group of passionate, like-minded individuals has been a fantastic experience.  I have gained an in-depth understanding of leadership and management, including different leadership styles, coaching, and mentoring skills, how to present, not only myself but also presentations, understanding my PRINT report to recognise my unconscious motivators and be mindful of these in day-to-day life.  In addition to this, also becoming confident in front of the camera! The filming and interview practice was super nerve-wracking to begin with, however, the team at Top 30 has been great in providing advice and tips on how to improve these skills.

To be recognised as part of the Top 30 Under 30 scheme means so much to me.  It highlights and encapsulates all my achievements both personally and professionally over the years.  I started with CATCH at the age of 17, with completely no idea of where I wanted my career to go.  However, with the support and guidance from CATCH offering me opportunities to develop, fast forward 9 years down the line, I now manage my own team within a fast-paced sales environment.  My main piece of advice for those starting their careers would be to take every opportunity you are given – the world is your oyster!

Holly Goodwin, CATCH Skills Account Manager

For more information on how employers in the Hull & Humber, and Leeds and West Yorkshire regions can become involved within the Top 30 Under 30 Programme, please contact Simon Jones.

Simon Jones
07885 970461


CATCH Industrial decarbonisation network with Uniper

04th October 2023

Guest chair Guy Phillips, Uniper welcomed delegates to the sold-out CATCH Industrial Decarbonisation network and welcomed Dr Danial Sturge, Carbon Policy Manager, Energy Systems Catapult, who presented – Addressing Carbon Leakage an introduction to Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanisms.

Danial provided background to the reports completed in 2020, and their response to the recent Department for Energy Security and Net Zero consultation. He explained the definitions of “international competitiveness impacts” and “carbon leakage”. He showcased the mechanisms used to mitigate carbon leakage and competitiveness impacts – depending on which carbon policy is applied. He covered Carbon Standards, Carbon Pricing and Carbon Subsidies.

Danial discussed the first trial phase of CBAM  – Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism – and the following equation – Imported Emissions x (effective UK carbon price – Effective incurred carbon price) = CBAM liability.

He discussed the timings and the phasing of the carbon policies – as industry needs certainty to make investment decisions. But made the point that the application of carbon leakage policy measures will vary between industrial sectors.

Next Guy introduced his colleague Damian Shevloff, Uniper, who discussed the work of their Commercial asset solutions team, and asked the question – Decarbonising our industry: is there is silver bullet?

Damian introduced Uniper and explained that their target is to become carbon neutral by 2040. He explained their 22.5GW energy sources and generation and how they are split between Hydrogen wind and solar, coal fired, gas fired, nuclear and gas sourcing.

Next, Damian discussed their new strategy, introduced over the summer – Flexible, balanced, bespoke – providing what they energy system needs, with a £8b investment. This investment will be used for Green and Flexible power and Greener Gases – including the security of supply. Uniper is active in a number of clusters, and he highlighted the Killinghome asset in the heart of the Humber Industrial Cluster.

He then provided case studies of Uniper Energy Transformation Hubs – LNG Terminal, Ammonia Import Terminal and Electrolysis – turning Wilhelmshaven into a major German green energy hub. And Green Massvlakte Energy Hub in Rotterdam port.

Damian discussed their commercial asset solutions – focusing on decarbonising their industrial customers with a sustainable energy solution. Security of supply of steam, heat and electricity, decarbonised solution and cost effective and optimal integration with onsite processes. He discussed the process of their partnership approach – providing industrial customers with “a one stop shop”.

After a short team break, Guy gave an update on Uniper’s Humber Hydrogen Hub. He explained how Uniper is active in all parts of the Hydrogen Value chain, from energy supply to the end users.

He then discussed Uniper focusing on developing large scale H2 projects – around the world. Next, focusing on the UKs hydrogen development projects, he talked about North Wales: Connahs Quay,  Humber: Killingholme and East Midlands: Ratclife. They chose these three sites because of strengths including available land, access to utilities and proximity to co2 transport and storage development.

Guy then showcased The Humber H2ub. Project is developed to pre feed stage, in partnership with Shell. The project enables 720 MW gas reforming CCS enabled hydrogen production capacity. Uniper awarded three contracts to Air Liquide, T.EN and Shell for gas reforming technologies.  Once the evaluation is complete, Uniper will be able to select the best available technologies.  Alongside that, they are working on the planning consent process.

After a series of questions, Guy handed over to David Talbot, CEO at CATCH to discuss the Humber Skills Plan – National Net Zero Training Centre.

David said that he has been speaking about the potential skills gap since the late 80’. He mentioned that we speak about the exciting net zero projects, none of these will happen unless we invest in the next generation and current workforce.  And that’s what CATCH 2.0 is about.

David said that this project is not just a CATCH project, but an industry led project. That partners have already invested time and money to complete initial feed studies for the expansion, but also committed to expanding the CATCH facilities now, so that change can happen fast.

The industry led solution is to deliver at scale, and increase new entrants to the industry by a factor of 10, to a 1000 new entrants to industry per year by 2029, providing long term sustainable employment and career pathways through the energy transition. The industry needs engineering construction trades people – mechanical fitters, welders, pipe fitters, scaffolders, platers, electrical and instrumental technicians, process operators, painters and grit blasters.

David discussed with lead industry partner, Mark Riley, Philips 66, what the engineering technician of the future will look like and what is required to get there, such as utilising technologies and AI but also looking at engagement opportunities, including schools partnerships and bus routes and accommodation.  Many stakeholders will be required to come together, that is why CATCH are building a consortium for success.

Next Guy introduced Melanie Boyeson from Children Challenging Industry, who explained how companies can make a difference and inspire children to consider STEM based careers. Melanie explained that their work not only aligns with industry but with the science curriculum.  CCI have a waiting list year on year, schools are keen for businesses to provide links to stem careers.

Guy thanked the audience and speakers and closed the meeting with a networking lunch. Save the date for the next CATCH Hydrogen Network – 16th November.


Dave Evans, Senior Auditor, conducted a Concom Outage Client Safety Tour at the EP SHB power station towards the end of the shutdown. Senior members of EP SHB management were also present during the tour and were highly impressed by the professionalism, cleanliness, and tidiness despite the extensive activities that had taken place.

The Concom Apprentice of the Year Award interviews were held, with 7 nominees, 5 of whom were interviewed, and 4 winners were selected. The award ceremony is scheduled to take place at Catch in August, with more details about the winners to be revealed next month.

Recently, 9 audits were carried out, and the Concom team expresses gratitude to all involved for their time, preparations, and hospitality. The positive feedback from contractor members was greatly appreciated.

In preparation for later this year,  free Concom Awareness Training is planned for contractor members. The training will focus on the subject of raising safety observations and addressing near misses. Keep an eye out for flyers and updates.

The Concom Team is set to launch the new Concom Portal for clients in September. After careful consideration, it was decided that the overviews, training, communications, and other features would be best introduced after the holiday season. The portal will be rolled out for contractor members following the launch. Stay informed through updates on LinkedIn and your email Inbox.

Concom is actively working on promoting and communicating its services through social media, particularly on LinkedIn. You can follow the Catch and/or Dave Evans pages and feel free to ‘like’ and share their posts.


Last week 7 learners took part in our 5-day Introduction to Plant Process Operations course.

CATCH Skills have teamed up with Reynolds Training to deliver a hands-on experience using the National Centre for Process Manufacturing.

Activities included Process Route Alignment and Plant Start up along with Batch Process Operations, Monitoring and Shutdown. Whilst covering additional elements such as, vessels, tanks, motors, pumps, and lots more.

For more information on this course please contact the team on info@catchuk.org or call 01469 552852



Humber 2100+ Strategy
The current flood risk management strategy, ‘Planning for the Rising Tides’ was put in place in 2008 and took a strategic approach to managing flood risk on the Humber. Over £150m has been invested in flood defence improvements in recent years as a result of the current Strategy, improving the standard of protection to 70,000 properties.

When the original Humber Strategy was developed, we agreed to subject it to regular review to ensure that it still meets the future needs of the people, property and the environment around the Humber Estuary. The 2013 tidal surge gave us better evidence for how flood water will behave, and that has made the case for a new Strategy.

Humber 2100+ strategy is a partnership consisting of 12 local authorities from around the Humber and the Environment Agency. We are working together, in association with Local Enterprise Partnerships, Natural England and Internal Drainage Boards, to develop a strategy that will reinforce our long term ambition for a prosperous Humber with a world class economy and a world class environment, which is a safe and sustainable place to live, work and visit.

Read a copy of the latest newsletter here or visit the website here


MCL is a specialist rope access and difficult access training provider and fellow Kee Safety Group company, which has recently joined us at our state of the art facility at CATCH (Centre for the Assessment of Technical Competence Humber).

This new facility based in the industrially-rich region of the Humber, provides a safe and authentic site environment with full-scale equipment for experiential learning and development. From these world-class training facilities MCL and Safety & Access deliver practical, onsite-based training to members of the oil, gas and renewable industries, construction, stage and theatre rigging, theme parks and many more.

Classrooms and simulated industrial environments make for the perfect setting in which to undertake our accredited qualifications. Rope access can be applied to so many difficult or unusual scenarios.

Upcoming training provided by MCL includes:


“With all of the diverse industry sectors which are situated in and around Lincolnshire, the decision was taken to open our new training facility at CATCH, in Grimsby.

Not only do we offer the internationally accredited IRATA rope access courses, our highly skilled and knowledgable team also deliver a range of Height Safety oriented courses such as, Rescue, Harness & Lanyard Use, Fixed Ladder Inspection, Anchor Bolt Installation & Testing courses are also offered as well PFPE (Personal Fall Protection Equipment) Inspection courses which will be a great service for those in this area”
Martin Castle, General Manager MCL

“It’s great for Safety & Access and for the overall offerings at CATCH to have such well-regulated training available as IRATA via MCL. There are great opportunities within many sectors for this training. We look forward to a long association with MCL here and in other locations to be disclosed in the near future”
Rick Statham GM Safety & Access

Training can be found on the MCL website www.mcl-uk.com or contact info@mcl-uk.com


As operating plants come towards the end of their design life, an Asset Life Plan is vital to identify the investment required to sustain integrity and the required operating performance. This will allow the plant to meet production and legislative requirements for the longer term and provide a focus for both future finances and resources.

This results in the need to collect data, assess asset condition, identify vulnerabilities / risks and review future budgeting for repairs/replacements using an Asset Life Plan approach, with the aim being to assess the remaining life of existing assets and plan engineering work and expenditure to meet production requirements.

Ageing is not about how old the equipment is. It’s about what is known about its condition, and how that’s changing over time.

Across Europe, between 1980 and 2006, it is estimated that there have been 96 incidents reported in the MARS database relating to major accident potential loss of containment attributable to ageing plant. This represents 28% of all reported ‘major accident’ loss of containment events in the MARS database and equates to an overall loss of 11 lives ,183 injuries and over 170Million € of economic loss.

Recent HSE MARS Data shows that in 2021 we are in a period of low Major Accidents occurring, however near misses are projecting upwards over the last few years. It is probable that as we step out of pandemic and site activity increases, we may see an increase in such events. It is vital to identify all risks that may lead to such an event before an HSE intervention or worse.


Managing a COMAH regulated site comes with its challenges in ensuring you manage all associated risks to prevent a Major Accident or Hazard. Understanding risks and identifying vulnerabilities is a key function in this regard. There are various levels of assessment that be carried out to support your business needs.


The Figure below describes the indicative degradation experienced on various systems.  It is important to manage ageing plant which will improve long term planning for the business and improve asset reliability.




Indicative Guide to Ageing Degradation, Ref HSE


Below shows what happens to plant when left to degrade without intervention.

CUI on Valve

If you are not managing your degradation or risks, it can lead to increased business disruption and unplanned outages.

Axiom can support you to develop an Asset Life Plan to identify vulnerabilities and inform operation and maintenance strategies. We can carry out a range of assessments to suit your needs including gap analysis for compliance, Asset Life Assessments, Remnant Life Studies and spares strategies to improve reliability of your Assets and to help meet industry standards and best practice.


Our Asset Life Plan approach covers the following stages:

Asset Life Plan Methodology


We can deliver high level and detailed reviews into asset health tailored for your needs.


Good practice guides:

  • PAS 55, Asset Management, The Institute of Asset Management
  • Best Practice for Risk Based Inspection as a Part of Plant Integrity Management, CRR 363/2001
  • RR509 Plant ageing: Management of equipment containing hazardous fluids or pressure
  • RR823 Ageing Plant Study


Contact us now to find out more: T: +44 (0)1642 732745 E: paul.mcnamee@ax-ea.co.uk


As part of our continuing commitment to reducing our Carbon emissions here at CATCH, ScenePro Carbon recently installed their instrumentation on-site. After a month we will be provided with a report that summarises the air quality on-site and identifies any trends – providing us with a valuable baseline and enabling us to monitor our progress along our decarbonisation journey.

Further information about ScenePro can be found below –

We at ScenePro Carbon Analytics believe if companies are going on a decarbonisation journey they need to be able to know where they are starting from and be able to have baseline information on their emissions so that they can monitor actual improvements as they invest in decarbonising measures.

ScenePro Carbon Analytics is a data-driven solution to empower clients with robust analytical data. Reports are sent to our clients quarterly, breaking down and forensically analysing the air quality around their site. The air quality around the client site is measured every 10 seconds, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by a fully accredited system.

We can monitor the below elements –

  • Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2)
  • Nitrogen Monoxide (NO)
  • Particulate matter (PM) 10, 2.5, 1
  • Ozone (O3)
  • Sulfur dioxide (SO2)
  • Carbon monoxide (CO)
  • Carbon dioxide (CO2)
  • Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S)
  • Total volatile organic compounds(TVOC)

To find out how ScenePro Carbon Analytics can help protect your people, your business and your environment, please get in touch – enquiries@sceneproca.com




On 4th of November CATCH hosted the popular Membership Network –  Major Hazards. Network Chair David Hughes welcomed 24 members both In person and online.

Carol Pickard, PRAX LOR, presented LOR’s new COMAH safety report format. Carol discussed the project background and the need for a revamp. She briefly touched on the positives and negatives of the new format, and then showed the group a brief snippet of the document.   Carol then went on to mention all the positive feedback they had received about their new format from staff and auditors. The industry working groups had all previously said how they need to improve the consistency in COMAH and they all hope this is a move in the right direction.

David Hughes followed with a short presentation about emergency preparedness including the offer of a free fire protection audit for sites and how some regions have streamlined 999 calls for COMAH sites with the ‘METHANE’ message for on-site emergencies. The ‘M E T H A N E’ checklist is intended to provide as much information as possible to the emergency services, whilst also saving time as the fire service will ring any other emergency services required.



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