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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.

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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.



Keeping your employees up to date with First Aid training can help minimalise risk and reduce risk within the workplace. Understanding CPR can save a life. CPR is the action people take to save a life of someone who could be in cardiac arrest. This comes before a defibrillator; a defibrillator alone cannot save a person’s life.

The more employees trained as First Aiders can help reduce the risk of injury in the workplace and allow the staff members to feel safer. The aim of the first aider is to assist the casualty physically and emotionally and to treat the casualty immediately.

CATCH offer a full 3- day First Aid at Work training course alongside the First Aid 2-day requal. We also offer the 1-day Emergency First Aid at Work.

Please click the link below to view our course calendar including all our First Aid course dates:


Would you be interested in learning more about what is Continuous Improvement? The PDCA Cycle? and the Principles of Lean Thinking.  These are just a couple of the themes that will be covered in this one-day course delivered by AGC Traning.

The course is suitable for anyone looking to increase productivity and profitability by removing waste and improving processes.

What’s covered?

What is Continuous Improvement?
The PDCA Cycle
The Principles of Lean Thinking
Specify Value by Offering
Integrate the Value Stream
Make the Offering Flow
8 Wastes
At the Pull of the Customer
In Pursuit of Perfection
Daily Management

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