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60 seconds with...Paul Grady, Health & Safety Executive

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Please could you briefly explain your role, involvement, and experience with regards to the Pressure Systems industry and this event?

Paul Grady (PG): I have been employed by the Health and Safety Executive for twenty five years, providing technical support to the HSE in the investigation of incidents involving pressure equipment located in general workplaces and more recently I have become involved in advising on technical aspects of Net Zero power generation, such as energy from waste, biomass plants, geothermal power, together with anaerobic and dry digestion. I represent HSE on safe maintenance of machinery initiatives. I was previously a maintenance engineer and maintenance manager for papermaking machinery and assets. I was responsible for the preventive and condition monitoring teams. The site included a main coal fired boiler and 4 supplementary fuel/ oil package boilers. Responsible for oversight of breakdown and failure investigations, to ensure root cause analysis and recommendations to prevent reoccurrence.

What key topics are you excited to discuss at this year's conference?

PG: Definitely the transition to Net Zero and scalability of adaptive technologies that are being introduced – how maintenance of unknown risk will be managed.

What would you say are the technologies or applications to watch for the future?

PG: Mechanical plant that can produce combined generation of heat, gas and electricity. Likely to be from what we currently term “waste”.

Who else are you most interested in hearing from on the programme?

PG: I am genuinely interested to hear from all speakers, as they are the ones who will inspire and shape future pressure systems in the development of power generation.

Why is it important for engineers to join this conference?

PG: This conference brings together two key areas that will directly affect the future mechanical engineering technologies. Net Zero and maintenance of the pressure equipment. Those who join this conference will be able to promote and secure our future energy delivery.

The Lifecycle of Pressure Systems 2023 Conference will take place on 31 October

The two-day conference will provide a comprehensive “state of the industry” to update all those involved with pressure systems and equipment and for all asset stages: from design and installation to daily operation and decommissioning.

Join your peers this October and benefit from networking and knowledge sharing and take away key guidance and successful strategies that will enable your organisation to comply with the latest legislation and enhance cost-effectiveness of your existing budgets: visit the event website for further details and to book.


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