Can functional safety improve your safety case?

Date: 05 December 2017
Location: Singapore
Description: Evening meeting in Singapore with presentation by Dr Issam Mukhtar (Schneider Electric). Organised by IChemE’s Safety and Loss Prevention Special Interest Group. This event is free to all.
Event Type: Special Interest Groups
Venue: National University of Singapore
E4-04-02, Engineering Block E4, Level 4
21 Lower Kent Ridge Rd
Singapore 119077

The safety case should demonstrate the adequacy of measures the operator will implement to control risks associated with major incidents that may occur. The safety control measures that governed by IEC61511 plays an important role to prevent and mitigate the risk. As part of the safety control measures, functional safety refers to the use of instrumented systems to implement safety functions to achieve risk reduction. Hence, control & instrumentation technical aspects in safety case, is a key elements to be considered by MHIs. IEC61511 is recognised as best practice pertaining to Functional Safety and since the release of IEC61511 edition 2 in 2016. Cyber security assessment will also be discussed and its importance as part of the risk assessment to eliminate catastrophic consequences caused by cyber-attacks.



18:30 – 19:00   Registrations & Networking over refreshments
19:00 – 19:05   Introduction to IChemE and S&LP by Priscilla Tan,
  Chair of local IChemE’s S&LP
19:05 – 19:50   Presentation by Dr Issam Mukhtar from Scheider Electric
19:50 – 20:00   Question & answer and discussions

Presentation slide:

Can Functional Safety Improve Your Safety Case


The first international Safety Case Symposium will be held in Singapore on 14-15 March 2018

Latest news, latest news, one great news for Singapore’s  and global stakeholders of Safety Case Regime.

Recently SafetyCase.SG has been informed of one call-for-paper invitation (SafetyCaseSymposium 2018 – Call for Papers )for the first international safety case symposium.

From this call-for-paper invitation, some key message is found:

  1. It’s the first  international safety case symposium.
  2. It’ll be held in Singapore on 14-15 March 2018.
  3. The technical partners for this event are TUV Rheinland and Singapore Institute of Technology.
  4. This event is themed Technologies, Methodologies and Regulations about safety case.
  5. The target interest groups are: safety/security regulators, process industries or other Major Accident Hazard Facilities, safety professionals, university and research institutes, standards development bodies, engineering communities and other relevant stakeholders of safety case regime.
  6. The presented topics will cover developments and trends of state-of-the-art technology, best engineering practices, in-depth methodology argument, latest regulations/standards update, or other relevant topics in Safety Case in the context of Singapore and/or global market.
  7. Some key timeline for the paper submission:
     Receipt of abstracts: by December 29 2017
     Notification of acceptance: by January 22, 2018
     Receipt of final papers and presentations: by February 22, 2018

Why Singapore? 

SafetyCase.SG understands this important international event chooses Singapore for possibly some of below reasons:

  1. Singapore is geographically  located in the center of Asia Pacific.
  2. It’s well known as the hub for international events, with easy visa access.
  3.  Singapore is among those countries who have adopted Safety Case  Symposium.

How to submit a paper? 

Please refer to attached file: (SafetyCaseSymposium 2018 – Call for Papers )

Alternatively, go for the event’s web page of Call for Papers.


Chemical Standard Exchange 2017 held on 7th Nov at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore

This event is to share the update of Singapore’s Chemical Standards development, and EDB’s “Energy and Chemicals Industry Transformation Map (ITM)”.

Date        :       07 November 2017 (Tuesday)

Time  :           1400 hours to 1700 hours

Venue        :       Katong Ballroom (Lobby Level) Shangri-La Hotel Singapore 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350

And the detailed program is as below:

Time Items Speakers
1.30pm Registration
Chemical Standards Exchange 2017 – “Energy and Chemicals – The Role of Standards in Transforming Industry”
2.00pm Welcome Address Dr Keith Carpenter Chairman,

Chemical Standards Committee

2.10pm Overview of Chemical Standards Committee & New Growth Areas

·          OSH in Nanotechnology, LNG Transportation, Energy Efficient Coatings

Dr Keith Carpenter Chairman,

Chemical Standards Committee

2.30pm Upcoming Standards Relating to Safety:


–       New Standard on Handling & Storage of Combustible Dust


–       New Standard on Fire Safety for Open Plant Processing Facilities in Oil, Chemical and Process Industries


–       New Standard on Fire Safety for Laboratories



–       Revised Standard on Design, Construction and Operation of Pipeline Service Corridors


Dr Shaik Salim

Convenor, Working Group on Combustible Dust


Mr Vincent Goh Chuan Seng

Co-Convenor, Working Group on Open Plant Structure


Mr Yen Chee Choy

Convenor, Working Group on Fire Safety for Labs


Mr Nai Boon Leng

Working Group on Pipeline Service Corridors

3.30pm Energy & Chemicals Industry Transformation Map Ms Cheryl Hoy

Senior Lead for Energy and Chemicals


3.50pm Panel discussion Moderator: Dr Carpenter

Panelists: Speakers & SDO@SCIC

4.30pm Refreshments
5.00pm End of event

The participants  include Chemical manufacturers and suppliers, refineries and petrochemical plants manager/engineers, emergency responders, project managers, EHS specialists, testing laboratories, LNG suppliers and users, additive manufacturing industries, paint manufacturers and suppliers, electronic industries, pharmaceutical industries, food industries, relevant government agencies, academia and research institutions.

The presentation can be found below:

  1. New Standard on Handling & Storage of Combustible Dust (by Dr. Shaik Salim,Convenor, Working Group on Combustible Dust)
  2. New Standard on Fire Safety for Open Plant Processing Facilities in Oil, Chemical and Process Industries (by Mr. Vincent Goh Chuan Seng,Co-Convenor, Working Group on Open Plant Structure)
  3. New Standard on Fire Safety for Laboratories (by Mr. Yen Chee Choy, Convenor, Working Group on Fire Safety for Labs)
  4. Revised Standard on Design, Construction and Operation of Pipeline Service Corridors(by Mr. Nai Boon Leng,Working Group on Pipeline Service Corridors)
  5. Energy & Chemicals Industry Transformation Map (by Ms. Cheryl Hoy, Senior Lead for Energy and Chemicals,EDB)



MOM Dialogue 2017 held on 8th Nov 2017 at SPGG

On 8th Nov, one MOM Dialogue was held at SPGG on WSH(MHI) act  and Safety Case Regime.

Date : 08 Nov 2017 (Wednesday)
Time : 2.30pm to 5.00pm (Registration at 2.00pm)
Venue : Singapore Polytechnic Graduates’ Guild (SPGG),

Carnation Room

1010 Dover Road, Singapore 139658



Time Items
2.00pm Registration
2.30pm – 2.35pm SCIC Welcome Speech

(by Mr Akira Yonemura, SCIC Board Director / Regulatory Affairs Committee Sponsor)

2.35pm – 2.45pm Opening Address

(by Er. Ho Siong Hin, Divisional Director, OSHD, MOM)

2.45pm – 3.45pm MOM’s Sharing Session


1)      Findings from Targeted Enforcement Ops on Industrial Waste Treatment Facilities

(by Ms Jolyn Ho, Specialist, OSHD, MOM)


2)      WSH Act Amendments

(by Ms Jaime Lim, Deputy Director (MHD), OSHD, MOM)

·         Incident Learning Report

·         Increase SL max fine from $20,000 to $50,000


3)      Safety Case Updates

(by Ms Sherry Tan, Principal Specialist, OSHD, MOM)

·         Process-Related Incident Reporting

·         Provision of Information

3.45pm – 4.30pm Q & A Session
4.30pm – 5.00pm Teabreak & Networking
5.00pm End of Event

Presentation slides can be found below:


Shell’s new 10-hectare lubricants plant in Singapore to serve 40 countries

SINGAPORE: Shell on  last Wednesday (Nov 1) opened a 10-hectare integrated lubricants and grease production facility in Tuas that will help boost Singapore’s position as a production hub for the industry.

The facility, which is almost as large as 25 football pitches, is Shell’s second-largest lubricants plant in Asia-Pacific and the third-largest in the world.

The plant can produce up to 430 million litres of lubricants and grease every year – enough to change the engine oil of more than 12,000 cars, every hour, every day.

It will also be a production hub for products that will be shipped to more than 40 countries, mainly in the Asia-Pacific region, said Mr Lim Kok Kiang, assistant managing director of the Singapore Economic Development Board in a press release.

Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S Iswaran said at the opening ceremony that Shell’s investment is a clear demonstration of the company’s continued confidence in Singapore as a location for high value-added energy and chemicals manufacturing.

“It is also a recognition of the growth opportunities that can be seized from Singapore,” he said, adding that the country is well-positioned to benefit from strong demand growth for lubricants.

The global marine lubricants market is estimated to expand at an annual growth rate of 4.17 per cent and reach US$3.33 billion (S$4.5 billion) by 2024, Mr Iswaran said.

Asia Pacific accounted for more than 51 per cent of this market in 2015, and will likely drive future demand.

“As a leading container port, many ships calling at Singapore can be served by our energy and chemicals companies,” Mr Iswaran added.



Digitalisation and R&D key for Jurong Island’s growth: EDB

SINGAPORE is banking on digitalisation as well as research and development to keep its petrochemical sector relevant for the long haul.

In an industry transformation map (ITM) for the sector unveiled on Saturday, the government is aiming to have 20 of the largest facilities on Jurong Island digitally-enabled by the end of the decade.

It also hopes to raise business expenditure on research and development (R&D) for specialty chemicals by another S$55 million by 2025, with 20 new or expanded R&D centres.

R&D expenditure for specialty chemicals came in at S$82 million in 2014, and has been growing at an average rate of 8.7 per cent for the 10 years before that, according to the Economic Development Board (EDB).

These are part of a strategy to transform an ageing asset base on Jurong Island, and ensure its growth in the medium and long term, said EDB executive director for energy and chemicals Damian Chan.

The ITM is expected to lift value-add in the industry to S$12.7 billion by 2025, from S$10.6 billion in 2015.

The number of jobs will also grow by 1,400 by then, from 28,400 in 2015, with more of the sector’s headcount filled by locals. Currently, more than 70 per cent of the headcount in the energy and chemicals sector are filled by Singaporeans.

Many of the refineries and chemical plants on Jurong Island have been built in the 1960s-1980s, Mr Chan noted in an interview with The Business Times.

“The key thing is how we can work with the companies in terms of upgrading the assets, going toward… higher value products,” he said.

For instance, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is introducing from Jan 2020 regulations that cap sulphur limits in marine fuels at 0.5 per cent, from the current 3.5 per cent level. EDB will work with the companies to upgrade the refineries to produce to the necessary specifications, said Mr Chan.

One key thrust is the use of technology to improve productivity of manufacturing plants. The 20 plants that will be digitally-enabled by 2020 will include the three refineries and crackers – the largest plants on Jurong Island which today has more than 100 companies.

These systems will integrate data and apply them for use in areas such as health and safety, predictive maintenance, and production optimisation, among others. The 20 facilities will comprise a “significant base” from which the effort can be widened to the entire sector.

“This is very important for us from various aspects,” said Mr Chan. “Digitalisation will help the most when it comes to labour and carbon (constraints).”

Already, some companies have moved ahead with digitalising their plant. Fuel and lubricant additives manufacturer Chevron Oronite last year started a pilot project using Big Data and sensing technology in its Jurong Island plant for personnel tracking and safety purposes, a move that is estimated to save 30,000 man-hours.

Meanwhile, Shell is working with local SME Avetics to deploy drones plant maintenance and inspection, which will result in manpower savings of 25 per cent.

After 2020, the digitalisation effort will move into a second phase: the systems level.

For instance, third-party logistics providers could develop solutions that integrate their customers’ operations with supporting systems such as customs clearance and safety inspection. These could optimise berthing time and cut costs for chemical companies.

“These are some of the possibilities which will take time to develop,” said Mr Chan, adding that plans for this phase remain at the conceptual stage.

In terms of growth, the government agency continues to look to specialty chemicals, a sub-sector it has been nurturing over the past few years. With these chemicals feeding into over 100-end markets, it has identified five to focus on: lubricant additives, oilfield and water chemicals, consumer care, agricultural chemicals and animal health and nutrition.

R&D activities that EDB wants to capture will be technology areas that are relevant to a majority of these five end-markets, said EDB director of energy and chemicals Cindy Koh. EDB and A*Star have worked together on a joint technology road mapping exercise to identify the scientific and technological needs and gaps of companies.

“For specialty chemicals companies the ability to react fast to demand is quite important,” she said. With Singapore playing an important role in the commercialisation of new products, “at least a significant amount of the profits and revenues could justifiably be captured here”.

Even within the commodity petrochemical complex, EDB will gun for higher value-added derivatives, for which profit margins tend to be higher.

Meanwhile, the Jurong Island version 2.0 initiative launched in 2010 – which focuses on feedstock options and infrastructure developments to create new competitive advantages for the sector – continues to be relevant, said Mr Chan.

As part of the initiative, EDB in April this year signed an agreement with Keppel Infrastructure to develop, own and operate a facility which will turn coal and refinery by-products into hydrogen, carbon monoxide, syngas and other industrial gases. These will provide alternative feedstocks for petrochemical plants and refineries here.

“We will still continue to push forth on these initiatives,” said Mr Chan. “The energy and chemicals industry is a very long cycle industry; it’s not like the internet where the whole thing can change within a year.”

Asked whether the coal gasification plant represented a step back in Singapore’s climate change goals, he replied that it had been taken into consideration when planning for the Republic’s commitments for the Paris accord.

“Inevitably (petrochemicals) is an emissions-intensive industry,” he said. “But the key thing when it comes to this type of projects, to enable the continued growth and competitiveness of the sector, is to make sure they are efficient and using the best-in-class technologies when it comes to energy efficiency.”

In order to mitigate the sector’s emissions, Singapore could see more of the new sodium bicarbonate plant that French chemicals group Novacap opened in July, which captures carbon emissions from neighbouring plants for use in the manufacturing process.

“We’re talking to a company or companies, so there’s still potential for more of such projects,” said Mr Chan. “But there is a limit to how many sodium bicarbonate plants we can have on Jurong Island.”

A longer term solution will be to make use of carbon capture and utilisation technologies, though these will take time to become commercial. The low hanging fruit in managing carbon emissions would be digitalisation and energy management, he added.




Energy and chemicals ITM to create $12.7 billion in value-add and 1,400 new jobs by 2025

SINGAPORE – A new road map has been laid out for Singapore’s energy and chemicals sector that aims to create $12.7 billion in value-add and 1,400 new jobs by 2025.

This Industry and Transformation Map (ITM) includes plans to transform the existing base of chemicals manufacturing through the adoption of innovative technologies.

It will also look at diversifying into new markets and develop new innovation capabilities to capture growth opportunities.

Minister for Trade and Industry (Trade) Lim Hng Kiang, who launched the ITM on Saturday, noted that Singapore has done well to get to where it is, with an extensive chemicals value chain spanning refining to olefins production, to chemicals manufacturing supported by innovation and research – all without producing a single drop of oil.

Today, Singapore is the world’s 5th largest refinery export hub and ranks within the top 10 globally by chemical exports volume.

But challenges remain ahead, Mr Lim said. “Rapid technology advancements are disrupting value chains across industries, while creating new possibilities and opportunities. At the same time, the global operating environment remains uncertain.”

Mr Lim said innovation will be a key driver of the two-pronged strategy.

The first is to drive the adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies across the industry.

Such technologies – including robotics, industrial internet-of-things – are changing the way products are created, supply chains managed and value chains defined globally.

These innovations will enable companies here to be more competitive by overcoming land, labour and carbon constraints as well as raising productivity, said Mr Lim.

“By 2020, we aim to have 20 energy and chemicals plants, including all refineries and crackers, adopt advanced manufacturing technologies,” he said.

“This will provide a strong foundation for our effort to be scaled to the rest of the industry.”

The second prong is to focus on building capabilities such as applied research or novel platform strategies to accelerate innovation and shorten the go-to-market process.

This will help companies here better tailor products and solutions to customers’ needs, and capture growth in the region, said Mr Lim.

To this end, the Economic Development Board (EDB) and A*Star have come up with a joint technology road mapping exercise to identify the technology needs of companies, and invest in the relevant technologies and capabilities.

A Skills Framework, which was also launched as part of the ITM, was developed by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), Workforce Singapore and the EDB with inputs from industry stakeholders and unions.

It provides valuable information about career pathways and highlights emerging skillsets in areas such as robotics and Internet-of- Things.

The SSG has also launched four SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programmes (a work-learn programme targeted at Polytechnic and ITE graduates) for jobs such as process technicians and laboratory analysts. Already, 91 graduates have been placed in 31 energy and chemicals companies through the programmes.

Another two such programmes catering to ITE graduates will be rolled out by 2018.



Uncategorized has reached more than 110,000 hits for Jan to Oct 2017

Today, accidentally our SafetyCase.SG team checked the readership of this site. And it’s the first time for us to check it.

To our surprise, it has reached more than 110,000 hits for the months of Jan to Oct 2017, 116,785 at this moment to be specific.

It’s definitely a pleasant surprise and encouragement to our team.  Now we know our site really interests a lot people, and  we hope it helps you a little as well. Thanks for your interests  and encouragment.

We’re definitely more motivated to serve all of us better.

In the coming days, we’ll provide new divisions. Will keep you updated.

And if any body is interested to volunteer in IT (web configuration) area, kindly contact us at




Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences

Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ICES)

Today,we’d like to have some introduction of ICES.

The chemical industry has been a major part of the Singapore economy for many years, based on a strong foundation as a major oil refining centre with a long history, and strategically placed at the heart of the Asia – Pacific region. In recent years the pharmaceuticals industry has also seen major growth, so that chemistry and chemical engineering science now make a very significant contribution to Singapore’s economy.

In order to strengthen this position and to foster future development to grow from dependence solely on manufacturing to secure a more knowledge dependant, high tech research and development based business environment, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and Economic Development Board (EDB) looked at how to bolster the local science and technology base. As a result, the Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences (ICES) came into being, to provide highly trained R&D manpower, to establish a strong science base and to develop technology and infrastructure to support future growth.

Starting from a small centre in the National University of Singapore (NUS), ICES was established as an autonomous national research institute under A*STAR on October 1st 2002. Since that time, we have grown rapidly. We have established world leading laboratories, pilot facilities, and the necessary infrastructure to carry out a world class research programme in chemistry and chemical engineering sciences. We have the capability to cover the range of activities from exploratory research to process development, optimisation and problem solving. We can go from very small lab scale right to kg and pilot scale in one organisation, with all of the necessary skills directly at hand and integrated into a project oriented environment.

For more, please refer to:




Jurong Island Community Seminar on 24 Nov 2017 Invitation

For Jurong Island Companies:

JTC is going to have one Jurong Island Community Seminar on Friday, 24 November 2017 from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm at JTC Summit. This is an annual event that JTC organises in collaboration with our state agencies to update the community on the latest developments within Jurong Island.


This year’s seminar will cover more in-depth and focused discussions on key topics of interest and will be conducted in workshop styles.


All the breakout groups will have limited seating capacity and pre-registration is required. Kindly

note that for breakout group B, it is only open to companies’ respective liaison officers.


You may wish to send representatives from your company to attends all of the breakout groups, if applicable.


Please register in the attached RSVP slip and forward it to Mr Adriel Tan and Miss Tan Yan Ru at by 25 October 2017.


The programme details are shown below. Detailed information will be provided closer to the event date.


Date Friday, 24th November 2017
Time 8.30 am to 12.30 pm
Venue JTC Corporation, The JTC Summit

8 Jurong Town Hall Road, Singapore 609434

Dress Code Office Attire
Programme Details* Morning Session (8.30am to 10am)

·         Registration

·         Welcome address

·         Breakfast

·         Booths and Posters exhibition

·         Networking


Breakout Sessions (10am to 12.30pm)

·         Breakout Group A: JI Business Continuity Plan – Hosted by JTC

·         Breakout Group B**: JI Evacuation Plan – Hosted by SPF

·         Breakout Group C: JI Safety issues – Hosted by MHD, SCDF and WSHC

(Eg: MHI, fire safety measures, Vision Zero Movement)

·         Breakout Group D: I4.0 & Advanced Manufacturing – Hosted by EDB

(Eg: Upcoming plans for I4.0, companies’ and agencies roles,

sharing of advanced manufacturing by companies)

*Programme is subject to changes, more information will be provided closer to event date

** Breakout Group B is open only to companies’ respective liaison officers


Short Description Of Breakout Groups


Breakout Group A, JI Business Continuity Plan JIBCP is a plan to complement companies’ Business Continuity Plans in the event where the Jurong Island Road Link or Jurong island Highway is un- passable to traffic. This includes providing an alternative transport arrangement. The session will focus on the considerations of essential workers and products/feedstock transportation during the JIBCP period.


Breakout Group C, JI Safety Issue MHD will be updating on the Major Hazard Installation requirements while WSHC will be sharing on its Vision Zero movement on JI. Vision Zero movement aims to inculcate a mind-set that all injuries and ill-health arising from work are preventable.


Breakout Group D, I4.0 & Advanced Manufacturing EDB will be sharing on Singapore’s advanced manufacturing ambitions and new initiatives that have been in placed to support interested companies.