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PSM Training @ Local ASSE Chapter
Safety Info Posts - Chemical Process Safety (PSM/RMP)
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Friday, 31 October 2014 08:58

On, Tuesday, November 11, 2014, the Southwestern Ohio Chapter of the ASSE will host a discussion about PSM and RMP. Chapter President Jonathan Zimmerman, CSP & CHMM, will lead a discussion of enforcement trends and best practices in Process Safety Management and Risk Management Programs. OSHA and EPA enforcement of PSM and RMP is on the rise for all covered processes. This presentation will cover the most cited parts of the standards, discuss OSHA’s National Emphasis Program and EPA’s general duty clause enforcement, and discuss the latest regulatory activity over the past year. 

SCHEDULE:

Arrival and Registration 11:15 AM

ASSE Chapter Business/Lunch 11:15 – 11:45 AM

Presentation 11:45 – 12:45 PM

Q&A and Adjournment 12:45 – 1:00 PM

LOCATION:

Sheakley Group of Companies Offices

One Sheakley Way,

Cincinnati, Ohio 45246

COST:

$10.00 for participating members and guests if prepaid on website

$15.00 if paid at the door – no meal

Last Updated on Friday, 31 October 2014 09:03
 
2014 Photo of the Week #43 (Machine Guarding)
Safety Info Posts - Photo of the Week
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 20:24

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 20:35
 
OSHRC affirms PRCS citations (Preventing Unauthorized entry and Rescue)
Safety Info Posts - Permit Required Confined Spaces
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 20:08

On July 25, 2012, OSHA issued to Respondent a three item serious citation and a one item willful citation and notification of penalty (citation). The serious citation items allege that, on or about February 6, 2012:

  • Respondent did not maintain a standard railing adjacent to batch plant sand bins that are permit-required confined spaces, in violation of standard 1910.23(c)(3); 
  • Respondent did not secure batch plant sand bins #1 and #2 from employee entry, in violation of standard 1910.146(d)(1); and
  • Respondent did not prepare entry permits for permit-required confined spaces in the batch plant, known as sand bins #1 and #2, in violation of standard 1910.146(e)(1).

The willful / serious citation item alleges that, on that date, Respondent did not implement procedures for immediately summoning emergency services upon discovery of an employee engulfed in sand within a permit-required confined space and Respondent did not implement procedures for preventing unauthorized co-workers from entering a permit-required confined space and attempting a rescue of an employee engulfed in sand, in violation of standard 1910.146(d)(9). The total penalty proposed is $70,000.00.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 20:17
 
2014 Video of the Week #43 (Culture - "Walk on by")
Safety Info Posts - Video of the Week
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 00:00

This video reminds me of my favorite safety poem "I Chose to look the other way" by Mr Merrill.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 October 2014 20:37
 
26 incidents & 0 updates (10/23/14)
Safety Info Posts - Incident Alerts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Thursday, 23 October 2014 21:03
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 October 2014 21:14
 
OSHA PSM citations @ aerosol paint and coatings manufacturer (Flammables & $132,800)
Safety Info Posts - PSM and RMP Citations/Analysis
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 19:54

A May 1, 2014, inspection conducted after a complaint alleging three separate fires has resulted in the issuance of eight safety violations. Many of the violations were cited under the Process Safety Management Standard. OSHA cited one willful, two repeat and five serious safety violations and proposed penalties totaling $132,800. OSHA issued one willful violation for failing to conduct necessary inspections and tests on emergency fire control, bypass and relief valves. The company failed to follow recommended inspection timetables for pumps and motors. The company was issued two repeat citations for failing to develop complete and accurate operating procedures and compile necessary process safety information. The company was cited for similar violations in 2012 at this same facility. The company failed to address the potential for static accumulation and discharge and train employees in the equipment processes and emergency shutdown procedures for the machines they were operating. The company did not ensure that procedures to maintain mechanical integrity were performed, such as inspecting valves and pipes. In addition, the company failed to inspect procedures and train workers on the hazards of servicing and maintenance, resulting in five serious violations.

NOTES: (Citations have been highlighted in red)
1) One citation was for not securing a valve in its safe position in the field as noted on the P&ID. (e.g. Car Seals)
2) Combustible dust issues were cited as they are used in the covered process.

Here is a breakdown of the citations:

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 October 2014 20:19
 
How can one argue that a large roll-off trash compactor is not a PRCS?
Safety Info Posts - Permit Required Confined Spaces
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Friday, 17 October 2014 11:44

compactor1 berries lrgThis is a hot debate, sadly enough!  Here we are going on nearly 20 years of having OSHA’s Permit Required Confined Space standard (1910.146) in place and we are still debating what is and what is not a CS and PRCS.  Granted there will always be questionable spaces - that is what safety professionals are for!  But damn it, these roll off trash compactor containers are WITHOUT A DOUBT a PRCS.  And just because “our employees never enter it/them” is not an excuse to not classify it properly and label it properly to PREVENT unauthorized entry.  Let’s examine the characteristics of these containers and what makes them a PRCS…

Last Updated on Friday, 17 October 2014 11:54
 
Did you know... Ammonia (and Propane) gas is NOT white?
Safety Info Posts - Hazardous Materials
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Friday, 17 October 2014 07:32

In just about every 24-hour HAZMAT course we teach we find that students getting their first official dose of "chemical safety" are shocked to find out that most gases at their facility are NOT white in color.  Most have seen dozens of videos over their adult lives showing these large white clouds forming during releases of hazardous materials and just figured that what they were seeing was a chemical cloud.  So if ammonia (and propane) is NOT a white gas, then why do we see a white fluffy cloud when ammonia/propane is released to the atmosphere?  Chlorine gas is not white; it is yellowish-green in color.  Why the difference?

Last Updated on Friday, 17 October 2014 08:09
 
54 incidents & 1 update (10/16/14)
Safety Info Posts - Incident Alerts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Thursday, 16 October 2014 21:30
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 21:40
 
New Versions of CAMEOfm and Tier2 Submit are available
Safety Info Posts - Emergency Response
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 08:26

What's new in CAMEOfm version 3.1?

  • Added new FEMA tab to Resources module to allow classifying resources based on FEMA resource typing definitions
  • Added a drop-down calendar feature for date fields
  • Modified Facility KML export to include 24-hour emergency coordinator phone numbers
  • Updated to allow import of Tier2 Submit 2014 files
  • Updated state-specific fields
  • Upgraded to FileMaker 13
  • Made minor bugs fixes and changes

CLICK HERE to download latest version of CAMEOfm version 3.1

What's changed in Tier2 Submit 2014?

  • Added "Quick Report" button, which displays the selected facility's information in a browser window
  • Added a drop-down calendar feature for date fields
  • Modified Facility KML export to include facility and 24-hour emergency coordinator phone numbers
  • Updated state-specific fields
  • Upgraded to FileMaker 13
  • Made minor bug fixes and changes

CLICK HERE to download latest version of Tier2 Submit 2014

 
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