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Special Issue "Safety and Security Issues in Industrial Parks"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 21 March 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Genserik Reniers

TUDelft, Safety and Security Science, TPM, Jaffalaan 5, 2628 BX Delft, the Netherlands
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Interests: chemical safety and security; domino effects; safety and security economics; leadership and safety; performance management science; risk assessment; chemical transportation
Guest Editor
Assoc. Prof. Francisco Brocal

University of Alicante, Department of Physics, Systems Engineering and Signal Theory, Campus of Sant Vicent del Raspeig s/n, 03690 Sant Vicent del Raspeig (Alicante), Spain
Interests: emerging risks; industrial safety; occupational health and safety; manufacturing processes; metrology (occupational health and safety); risk management; risk assessment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue of Sustainability will be concerned with the question how safety and security issues are or can be dealt with in industrial parks. Companies tend to cluster due to benefits of scale, or due to legal or business policy requirements. The question can be posed regarding what effects the clustering of organizations have on the safety and security aspects of the companies. Collaboration and information exchange aspects for instance play an important role for safety and security risk governance in industrial parks, both on an operational and strategic level. In a context of technological change and continuous improvement, clustering effects can be traditional or emerging, and can be positive, negative or both. In this way, the management of these effects requires new multidisciplinary approaches, where safety and security are integrated. Depending on the industrial sector of the company concerned, different safety and security concerns play a role.

Topics where this special issue is interested in, are:

  • Risk governance in industrial parks
  • Safety in chemical clusters
  • Security in chemical clusters
  • Safety in manufacturing clusters
  • Security in manufacturing clusters
  • Organizational issues of industrial parks
  • Emerging risks in industrial parks
  • Standardization issues of industrial parks
  • Legislation issues of industrial parks
  • Collaboration within industrial parks, operational and strategic
  • Evacuation optimization within industrial areas
  • Measuring and monitoring safety and security in industrial parks 

Prof. Genserik Reniers
Assoc. Prof. Francisco Brocal
Guest Editors

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  • cluster safety
  • cluster security
  • domino effects
  • chemical industry
  • manufacturing industry
  • industrial park

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Extension of the Lean 5S Methodology to 6S with An Additional Layer to Ensure Occupational Safety and Health Levels
Sustainability 2019, 11(14), 3827; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11143827
Received: 12 June 2019 / Revised: 10 July 2019 / Accepted: 11 July 2019 / Published: 12 July 2019
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This paper proposes an expansion of the Lean 5S methodology, which includes the concept of Safety–Security as 6S. Implementation was done by a standardized process tested in a pilot area that is part of the Integrated Industrial Manufacturing System Laboratory at the Higher [...] Read more.
This paper proposes an expansion of the Lean 5S methodology, which includes the concept of Safety–Security as 6S. Implementation was done by a standardized process tested in a pilot area that is part of the Integrated Industrial Manufacturing System Laboratory at the Higher Technical School of Engineering (ICAI). The additional 6S phase (Safety-Security) thoroughly reviews all areas of an industrial plant by analyzing the risks at each workstation, which let employees be fitted out with protection resources depending on each of their personal characteristics and to guarantee the safety of the workstation by strictly complying with occupational safety and health and machinery use standards, which must hold a CE certificate of compliance. The main objective was to increase the scope of 5S methodology to respond to the occupational safety and health needs for machines required in optimizing production processes. It is important to remember that companies must guarantee that their employees use personal protection equipment (PPE) at their work posts or stations that protect them properly from risks to their health and safety and that cannot be prevented or sufficiently limited by using collective means of protection or by adopting work organization measures. The industrial resources employed in the pilot area chosen for 6S implementation were a sheet metal deformation and cutting line comprised of a punch press, feeder, and winder, as well as a conventional machine tool with minimum safety specifications and without CE certification. Until now, there had been no plans to implement a 6S tool in this laboratory. However, given that the existing safety risk to operators is high, the implementation has led to obtaining optimal results, which justify the success of the 6S methodology proposal. In short, it lets us advance towards the zero accident target. Full article
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