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This week OSHA issued a REVISED PSM NEP. This instruction describes an updated initiative by OSHA. Under the previous related instructions, OSHA conducted inspections of facilities covered by OSHA’s PSM standard either through an instruction specific to petroleum refineries or an instruction related to all other PSM covered chemical facilities excluding petroleum refineries. This REVISED instruction is applicable to ALL facilities, including petroleum refineries, covered by the PSM standard. NEP inspections conducted at petroleum refineries will NOW be conducted in the SAME MANNER as NEP inspections conducted at all other facilities covered by this instruction. The PSM-covered Chemical Facilities NEP (CHEM NEP) REQUIRES State Plan adoption. Inspection targeting sources have been added to include the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Risk Management Plan (RMP) Program Levels 1 and 2 processes. This instruction also clarifies that targeting of explosive manufacturing includes pyrotechnic manufacturing facilities. This new emphasis program CANCELS CPL 03-00-014, PSM Covered Chemical Facilities National Emphasis Program, issued November 29, 2011.
WARNING! Viewer discretion is advised. The video captures the moment a worker falls from a high lift forklift (standing on tines), showing the impact with the concrete warehouse floor.
Brief Description of Accident:
This Alert highlights the risks associated with maintenance work in a confined space, such as a storage tank that has an internal floating roof, and suggests control measures to address these risks.
In a recent incident at a major hazard facility (MHF), the internal floating roof of a storage tank collapsed down to the support leg stop position while a maintenance task was being carried out. The support leg stop position is designed to support the internal floating roof at a predetermined rest height just above the storage tank floor.
This is a 24,000-gallon fuel tank that floated out of the ground due to extremely high ground water levels and low fuel level inside the tank. Laws of physics will win every time! I do wonder what would have happened had a car been parked over the tank when it broke free and floated to the surface.
We seem always hear about catastrophic accidents when a pressure vessel fails outwardly, but let us not forget that a vacuum in a vessel NOT RATE for a vacuum can ruin a $200,000 vessel just as easy - maybe not as fast - but certainly just as easy!! Case in point... what happens when you have a valve in your vent line and someone for some reason closes it! I am a big fan of "car-seal" programs and any valve in a relief line, BOTH positive pressure and vacuum relief, MUST BE CAR-SEALED OPEN. The cost of replacing this vessel will be a fraction of the cost and risk the unit will incur shutting to replace it.
2 BNSF Railway workers killed on tracks in SW South Dakota (two railway employees have been struck and killed by a train around 10:15 a.m. - no other details)
WELL SITE FATALITY Lewis County Worker killed in Tyler County well site accident (worker, 19, died at a Hospital from injuries sustained in an accident at a well site - he was struck by a truck and was pinned between the truck and a stationary object)
HYDROGEN SULFIDE FATALITY Blast at Pemex Processing Plant Kills One Worker, Injures Several Others (an explosion at a processing plants has led to the death of one of the workers - accident caused the intoxication of three workers who were carrying out maintenance work and the unfortunate death of one of them - the explosion was caused by a leakage of hydrogen sulfide at the refinery - local media reports say the number of injured in the explosion stands at 9, two of them have been hospitalized)
Respondent has submitted and registered an RMPlan to the EPA for its Stationary Source and has developed an RMProgram accidental release prevention program for the Stationary Source. At its Stationary Source, the Respondent operates a river barge terminal. The facility stores anhydrous ammonia and blends fertilizers for sale to farmers and cooperatives. Anhydrous ammonia is received via barge and rail, stored, and distributed for both direct application and for blending into mixed-grade fertilizers for crop production nutrients. Approximately, a maximum of 18,940,000 pounds of ammonia are on-site at any given time. At its Stationary Source, the Respondent has one RMProgram level 3 covered process which stores or otherwise uses anhydrous ammonia in amounts exceeding its applicable threshold of 10,000 pounds. During calendar year 2014, EPA opened an RMProgram compliance monitoring investigation to determine Respondent's compliance with 40 C.F.R. Part 68 at its Stationary Source. As part of this investigation, EPA conducted an onsite inspection of RMProgram related records and equipment on July 24, 2014. The focus of the onsite inspection was to assess the Respondent's compliance with RMProgram requirements for its covered process.
Several months ago I posted an article OSHA publishes DRAFT "Process Safety Management for Small Business Compliance" and how it offered some guidance on how facilities could disperse their inventories of Highly Hazardous Chemicals (HHC) and stay out of or get out of PSM. I have received many e-mails questioning the validity of the material in the DRAFT publication "Process Safety Management for Small Business Compliance" and asking how reliable the instructions are seeing how it was a DRAFT publication. But long before OSHA published their DRAFT document, they offered up the same advice in a much more "official" document...
I am teaching another 1-Day Course for ASSE
Intro to Process Safety Management
February 13, 2017
The Rio, Las Vegas, NV
My Friend Jonathan Zimmerman and I are presenting at ASSE's Safety 2017
Topic: Safe Work Permit Management System
Day and Time to be posted later.
I am also working on details to do a
POST conference PSM course in CO as well.
Details to be posted later.
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