Flooding with traffic light sign

Flooding: climate change adaptation

Tue 01 Nov, 2022

About the webinar

Climate Change is a reality and chemical manufacturers need to be ready for how this may affect their ability to control and respond to major accident hazards. One of the key change expectations of climate change is the potential for increased frequency and severity of incidents of flooding. This webinar will provide an overview of climate change in flood risk and how site operators should prepare.

Ensuring that a suitable and sufficient flood risk assessment is conducted is considered to be a cornerstone of any climate adaption work within flood risk. We will thus take you through what a flood risk assessment is, what types of flood risk might need to be considered, the resources available to determine flood potential on or surrounding an establishment, the requirements for COMAH operators within the COMAH Competent Authority flood delivery guide (transferrable to non-COMAH establishments) and an example methodology to identify all flood major accident initiators.

Date & time

Tuesday 1 November 2022

11:00 - 12:00 (Timezone: London, GMT)


Paul Wright, Technical Director, SLR

Paul Wright joined SLR from Natural Resources Wales (NRW) in early September 2018.  Paul joined from a role as NRW Industry Regulation Team Leader for North and Mid Wales since 2012, building on earlier roles with NRW (and predecessors) as Agriculture Team Leader and Pollution Prevention and Control Officer.  This regulatory experience gives him unrivalled insight into the requirements of environmental permitting and compliance and in particular knowledge of how the approach to engagement and improvement can influence the nature and timing of Regulator actions. This knowledge is complemented by a detailed understanding of industrial business operations gained through several years supervising new build and operational management of sites.  This includes periods at Ineos as Salt Business site shift manager, several years at the Saudi Iron and Steel Company overseeing the commissioning and subsequent operation of the Hot Dip Galvanising line and development of EMS for the flat rolled products department and 11 years at British Steel Shotton Works where he held a variety of Process and Technical roles. 

Paul was involved in the recent CIA revision of the guidance on ‘Safeguarding chemical businesses in a changing climate – How to prepare a Climate Change Adaptation Plan’.


David Clark, Principal Consultant, SLR

David Clark graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in Environmental Management and has over a decade of industrial experience as both a process safety and environmental consultant. David specialises in quantified risk assessments, occupied buildings risk assessment, flood-specific hazard identification studies and secondary containment studies. He has vast experience in preparing technical reports for clients in the chemicals, energy, explosives, oil & gas, pharmaceutical and warehousing industries. David is also an experienced trainer, sharing knowledge and best practice throughout the industry in his area of expertise.


Ian Walton, Technical Director, SLR

Ian Walton is a Chartered Civil Engineer with extensive experience in the design and supervision of general civil engineering projects, principally relating to drainage, infrastructure and tunnelling works both in the United Kingdom and abroad. 

Ian has specialised in hydrology and hydraulic engineering and is experienced in the preparation of environmental impact assessments, flood risk assessments as well as the design of flood alleviation schemes and sustainable surface water drainage systems.  Ian regularly provides advice to a range of development-sector Clients during the pre-planning and planning process and also gives expert evidence in support of litigation and in the general planning arena. 

Ian’s previous experience includes the design of elements of the Abu Dhabi Waste Water Scheme whilst working in the United Arab Emirates, the supervision as Section Engineer of large diameter soft ground tunnels in East London and the design of foul sewage drainage and treatment schemes throughout the United Kingdom. 

Ian is a Technical Director within SLR’s Water Environment Group. 

Who should attend

HSE, Safety Directors/Managers, Environment and Sustainability Directors/Managers, Operations Directors/Managers. 

This webinar is for manufacturing, storage and distribution companies only.

Registration and fees:

This is a free to attend webinar. It is being run in association with the Chemical Industries Association.