The internet, high-performance technology and globalisation are not only changing day-to-day life, but also the way in which information is captured, communicated and perceived in safety engineering. This was the focus of this year's Loss Prevention Symposium in Delft, where BAM also presented its work – primarily on chemical safety engineering. The international symposium on accident prevention and process safety has been held every three years since 1974, bringing together experts in occupational safety, plant safety and process safety from science and research as well as industry and administration in Europe.
The sessions – which took place on three conference days – addressed risk assessment and safety management, fire and explosion protection and the release of toxic substances. BAM presented its expertise in the chemical safety engineering and containment systems for dangerous goods fields in several lectures; from the assessment of explosion hazards of dangerous substances and the effects of explosions to fire protection systems and quality assurance measures. There was also the opportunity for professional exchange at the BAM information stand which proved to be very popular. A central topic was the Centre for quality assurance for testing of dangerous goods and hazardous substances (CEQAT-DGHS), which BAM manages together with the QuoData Gesellschaft für Qualitätsmanagement und Statistik mbH, Dresden, and the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Braunschweig. CEQAT-DGHS supports the further development of quality assurance measures through training courses, events and an interlaboratory test programme for determining the physical hazards of chemicals. In this way, the risks for chemical accidents can be reduced.