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2014 Photo of the Week #16 (Trenching)
Safety Info Posts - Photo of the Week
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Friday, 18 April 2014 21:07

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Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 21:14
Newly Released B-Kit (Ton Cylinder) and C-Kit (Chlorine Tank Cars & Tank Trucks) Now Available and FREE Download
Safety Info Posts - Emergency Response
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Friday, 18 April 2014 20:39


The Emergency Preparedness Issue Team has released the latest versions of: 

Instruction Booklet: Chlorine Institute Emergency Kit “B” for Chlorine Ton Containers (IB/B).

Instruction Booklet: Chlorine Institute Emergency Kit “C” for Chlorine Tank Cars & Tank Trucks.

Instructions on how to apply both the current and previous kit devices of Emergency Kit “B” and "C" are included. In addition, depictions of commonly used optional devices were added to this edition and numerous editorial revisions were made. The companion video for the "B" Kit will be filmed in April and should be released by year’s end.

This edition of Emergency Kit "C" features pictures of new angle dual valve arrangements, detailed instructions on how to apply the C-kit to different valve styles, and a summary of Emergency Kit “C” design changes through the years. The companion video is in its last approval stages and should be released soon.

To download your free copy of either booklet today, visit

Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 20:55
OSHA's emergency response expectations in 1910.120
Safety Info Posts - Emergency Response
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Friday, 18 April 2014 17:59

OSHA's HAZWOPER (1910.120) divides emergency response into three separate areas. First, OSHA is regulating emergency response by employees at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites.  Second, OSHA is regulating emergency response at RCRA facilities.  Third, OSHA is regulating emergency response to hazardous substance releases by employees not covered by paragraphs (l) and (p)(8) in paragraph (q).   These regulations were directed toward emergency response teams, industrial fire brigades, and hazardous materials teams.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 19:46
2014 Video of the Week #16 (Propane Cylinder Fire)
Safety Info Posts - Video of the Week
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Friday, 18 April 2014 14:48

Ok, I think most of you would agree we have seen some pretty bad unsafe acts @ SAFTENG over the past 19 years, but I must say this one just climbed to the top of the list for the DUMBEST and most UNSAFE act I think I may ever see in my lifetime.  Although, the failure here is NOT an individual's unsafe act, but rather this is a CLEAR FAILURE of proper training as is evidence by those still standing around and some even trying to extinguish the flames!  You do not have to be a firefighter or a HAZMAT technician to recognize what this Chinese firefighter did was just beyond dumb and dangerous.  Hell I even question the sense of the person video taping it!!!  Anyway watch in amazement and PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS EVER!

Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 14:56
Electronic Incident Command System (ICS) Forms from USCG and NOAA
Safety Info Posts - Emergency Response
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Friday, 18 April 2014 13:58

The Incident Command System (ICS) is an organized way to respond to emergencies using standard job roles, forms, and terminology. This method of organizing an emergency response is used across the government, industry, and private sector, both within the U.S. and internationally, to create a common structure that everyone understands to ensure fast and efficient emergency response.  The U.S. Coast Guard developed ICS forms for all-risk/all-hazard situations and is the best source for downloading the forms, where they are available in PDF and Microsoft Word/Excel formats.  NOAA, however, does offer the following:

  • A free ICS forms database that allows you to edit, manage, and archive the ICS forms electronically on your computer. This product is no longer under active development by our office, and the forms may be out of date.
  • A free FileMaker master file that you can use as an ICS form template and customize if you own a copy of the FileMaker software.

CLICK HERE for more from NOAA.


Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 14:01
OSHA’s TECHNICAL MANUAL on the LIMITATIONS of Explosibility (combustible gas) Sensors
Safety Info Posts - Hazardous Materials
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Friday, 18 April 2014 13:47

I have written a number of articles on the “Limitations of Combustible Gas Indicator, especially about the limitations of the LEL sensors and the “correction calculations”. I thought this piece in OSHA’s Technical Manual was well written and explains the limitation well. So if you did not believe me or understand what I was trying to say, here it is from OSHA.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 13:50
CCPS Interview with OSHA’s Jordan Barab
Safety Info Posts - Chemical Process Safety (PSM/RMP)
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Friday, 18 April 2014 13:35

Louisa Nara, Technical Director for the Center for Chemical Process Safety, sat down with Jordan Barab, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Mr. Barab spoke at the 10th Annual GCPS in New Orleans giving an overview of Executive Order 13650, which aims to improve chemical facility and security. In this video, Mr. Barab discusses the Executive Order and what role OSHA will play.

OSHA Review/Lookback of OSHA Chemical Standards
Safety Info Posts - OSHA Compliance Posts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Friday, 18 April 2014 10:12

The majority of OSHA's Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs) were adopted in 1971, under section 6(a) of the OSH Act and only a few have been successfully updated since that time. There is widespread agreement among industry, labor, and professional occupational safety and health organizations that occupational safety and health organizations that OSHA's PELs are outdated and need revising in order to take into account newer scientific data that indicates that significant occupational health risks exist at levels below OSHA's current PELs. In 1989, OSHA issued a final standard that lowered PELS for over 200 chemicals and added PELS for 164. However, the final rule was challenged and ultimately vacated by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in 1991 citing deficiencies in OSHA's analyses. Since that time OSHA has made attempts to examine its outdated PELs in light of the court's 1991 decisions. Most recently, OSHA sought input through a stakeholder meeting and web forum to discuss various approaches that might be used to address its outdated PELs. As part of the Department's Regulatory Review and Lookback Efforts, OSHA is developing a Request for Information (RFI) seeking input from the public to help the Agency identify effective ways to address occupational exposure to chemicals.


Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 10:18
Commissioning of a LNG Storage Tank (Video)
Safety Info Posts - Hazardous Materials
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Friday, 18 April 2014 09:49

An interesting look at what it takes to commission a bulk LNG storage tank!  The numbers are mind boggling for field erection leak testing.

Unique vision of LNG tank test from QGC - A BG Group business on Vimeo.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 09:51
OSHA issues PSM citations @ Refinery ($200K w/ Willfuls and Repeats)
Safety Info Posts - PSM and RMP Citations/Analysis
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 18:58

The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) (WY-OSHA) has cited a refinery for seven (7) violations stemming from a September 2013 incident. An OSHA inspection following the September 27, 2013 explosion and subsequent fire resulted in seven citations and proposed penalties totaling $201,000. No injuries occurred as a result of the incident. WY-OSHA monetary penalties go entirely to the local school district where the violations occurred. The OSHA investigation found that an explosion and subsequent fire occurred in the #4 Hydro-Desulphurization (4HDS) Unit within the Hydrocracker Complex on Friday, September 27, 2013, at 10:10 p.m. Hydrogen embrittlement of a carbon steel control valve in the 4HDS Unit caused a leak of hydrogen which ignited. Hydrogen embrittlement is the process by which various metals become fatigued, brittle and fracture following exposure to hydrogen. The source of ignition is unknown. As a result, the control valve had deteriorated from the inside-out and caused the leak and subsequent explosion. The following citations were issued by OSHA as a result of the September 27th incident:

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 19:03

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