Our top process safety event picks for 2021

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With the staged roll-out of COVID vaccines beginning to ramp up across the UK, event formats for process safety professionals in 2021 remain uncertain. Digital webinars and conventions look set to continue their dominance in 2021. But as the UK begins to unlock, will we see the return of physical events by the end of the year?

Event attendance is an enormously useful exercise for everyone involved. In the space of a few days, professionals can learn about the latest developments in their field, network with thought leaders and, in some cases, generate invaluable business leads.

The pandemic has, however, changed how traditional events are consumed. So, with the increased popularity and seemingly consistent bombardment of digital events in the process safety field, what is worth attending?

At Sigma-HSE, we’ve assembled a list of top events in both the digital and physical space for 2021. Will we see any of you there?

Our Process Safety Event Picks

Safety & Health Expo

The Safety & Health Expo is one of the largest health and safety exhibitions in the UK. Although this event isn’t directly related to the process safety industry, expect to see some dedicated industry insights, stands and networking opportunities.

Over 14,000 visitors are set to attend the ExCeL event alongside 250 exhibitors.

The British Heart Foundation and the British Red Cross will host a new exhibition event dedicated to improving, supporting, and understanding mental, physical and financial wellbeing in the workplace. While Alastair Campbell, Winter Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams, and astronaut Tim Peake, are confirmed to be the keynote speakers for 2021.

Date: 18th & 20th May 2021

Location: ExCeL, London

Event details are available here.

The Fire Safety Event

The Fire Safety Event is one of the UK’s fastest growing exhibitions that support industry professionals and organisations in achieving and maintaining the highest standards of fire safety.

Expect the latest fire safety technology solutions alongside expert insights into compliance, risk assessments and maintenance to be showcased. Headlining this event is a range of dedicated seminars to multiple professions, SHE (Safety & Health Excellence) Awards and a DSEAR Demo area.

Date: 7th & 9th September 2021

Location: NEC, Birmingham

Event details are available here.

CHEMUK 2021 Expo

The UK Chemical Industries Supply Chain Expo will bring together the UK’s industrial chemicals, biochemical, chemicals processing & chemical product formulation industries into a huge two-day event. This event already boasts over 300 exhibitors and over 120 speakers covering a range of topics and industries.

Expect green chemicals, tech and innovation and materials safety to feature heavily across the two days.

There is over 2,500 specialist business in the UK’s chemical industry and as the largest dedicated trade show, CHEMUK 2021 is an event that can’t be missed.

Date: 15th & 16th September 2021

Location: NEC, Birmingham

Event details are available here.

Hazardex 2021

Running since 2002, the Hazardex conference has consistently featured prominent health and hazard industry thought leaders and has subsequently attracted a range of industry professionals

Last year featured keynote speakers from companies and professional bodies including the HSE, Chemical Industry Association, IECEx, Institute of Measurement & Control, UKPIA and Brenntag.

Expect industry leading insights from multiple seminar series, a networking dinner and an awards ceremony with attendees from government agencies, regulators, certification and training providers, consultants and product manufacturers.

Date: 6th & 7th October 2021

Location: Hilton Majestic Hotel, Harrogate

Event details are available here.


COVID-19 hasn’t stopped conferences and events. While we wait (until later in the year) for physical gatherings to resume, there are a wealth of virtual events and professional development opportunities available online.

The real event related question now centres upon how this change will affect future physical conferences. 

Although many of these events have shrunk from days into hours, expert industry insights have been perfectly packed into new digital offerings.

At Sigma-HSE, we’ll continue to run monthly webinars on a range of process safety topics. You can access many of our previous webinars on-demand here.

If you want to find out more about our webinar series, or if you have a topic that you would like us to cover,  please contact Sam Ayres at [email protected] or +44 (0)7719 360385 or +44 (0)1962 840570.

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