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IN-OSHA PSM Citations @ pyridine and picoline facility ($18,000)
Safety Info Posts - PSM and RMP Citations/Analysis
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Saturday, 09 August 2014 21:14

A worker at a chemical plant was sent to an Indianapolis hospital after being exposed to an open tank of benzene. The incident was reported around 6:15 p.m. Capt. Mike Pruitt said a 1,000-gallon tank had a crack in it and used to hold benzene, though it was now empty. He said paramedics were concerned that residual fumes may have exposed the worker to danger. The employee was decontaminated at the scene, then sent to a Hospital to be evaluated. He was alert and speaking.

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 August 2014 21:28
 
Can FF Turn-Out Gear be repaired with "used" materials from other gear (NFPA Interp)
Safety Info Posts - Emergency Response
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Saturday, 09 August 2014 17:14

NFPA 1851 - Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting, 2014 Edition; Reference: 8.1.4, F.I. No. 1851-14-01

Background: I’ve been recently made aware of a situation where structural fire fighting PPE were repaired with materials that were previously used and not in new condition.

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 August 2014 17:17
 
NIOSH launches the NIOSH Center for Direct Reading and Sensor Technologies (NCDRST)
Safety Info Posts - Hazardous Materials
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Saturday, 09 August 2014 17:06

NIOSH launches the NIOSH Center for Direct Reading and Sensor Technologies (NCDRST). The new virtual center will serve as a home for NIOSH’s longstanding work in the area of exposure assessment devices—work that is done across the Institute.  The use of sensors has increased exponentially in professional applications and in everyday life. Countless remote wireless sensors are now employed for monitoring personal health, the environment, agriculture, work sites, disaster response efforts, and “smart” buildings and facilities, to name some examples. New devices or smart phone applications are appearing every week that promise to measure a person’s environment or health status. The availability of affordable smart phones has driven improved development of sensor technologies for all these applications. Manufacturers are developing and marketing wearable devices and even implantable devices. One example of an exciting current partnership in the occupational safety and health area, which is being funded through the NIOSH extramural grant program and developed at the University of Michigan, is a belt-worn monitor to detect volatile organic compounds.

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 August 2014 17:08
 
Purposely Setting a Valve Higher than Nameplate Stamping: Acceptable or Not? (NBBI)
Safety Info Posts - Chemical Process Safety (PSM/RMP)
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Saturday, 09 August 2014 15:43

For those of you involved process safety and your process has "pressure vessels" and "relief valves" the National Board's magazine "BULLETIN" is a really nice addition to our educational materials.  For instance, this quarter the magazine has an article clearing up a practice that has been questioned for years...  Purposely Setting a Valve Higher than Nameplate Stamping.  Each quarter this FREE publications (either by snail mail or online) contains well-written articles for those of us that are not degreed engineers.  I have yet to find a quarter where there is not at least one article that pertains directly to the type of pressure vessels and relief valves so many PSM/RMP covered processes use.  This edition's article I would recommend is Purposely Setting a Valve Higher than Nameplate Stamping: Acceptable or Not? (p. 35).  Every once in a while we come across this situation and the debate can become lively and when BOTH the engineer and VR certificate holder are BOTH saying this is "industry practice" we always had our backs against the wall.  Now we have it direct from the VR certificate issuer, the National Board, that this practice is NOT an industry "accepted practice.”

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 August 2014 15:47
 
CA Ice Rink forced to shutdown by local FD because of failure to comply with CalARP
Safety Info Posts - Chemical Process Safety (PSM/RMP)
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Thursday, 07 August 2014 14:51

This is an interesting case!  From all evidence I have seen, this ice rink was ordered by the local Fire Department to comply with CalARP regulations back in 1999-2000 time frame.  This ice rink was stated as having only 2,056 pounds at the time the business was ordered to shutdown (CalARP TQ is 500# for NH3 - Thanks Brian Chapin for correcting me!).  This makes it appear as if the Local FD, acting as the "Administrating Agency" (AA) made positive determinations that the facility contained anhydrous ammonia in quantities rendering it subject to CalARP (quote from the investigative report).  The business was contacted several times and appeared to make an attempt to address the FD's request, but in the end the owner decided to shutdown and file a "closure plan" to demo the refrigeration process.  Keep in mind this was a business OPEN to the general public and was in a densely populated area of CA, but still had only 2,056 pounds of NH3.  The investigative report by the 3rd party expert (NOT SAFTENG) is quite troubling, but again... this was a process well under the CalARP TQ for NH3 of 10,000 pounds.  Here is the case file... CLICK HERE.

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 16:22
 
OSHA PSM citations @ brewery (NH3 Refrigeration & $92,400)
Safety Info Posts - PSM and RMP Citations/Analysis
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Wednesday, 06 August 2014 14:48

OSHA has cited a beer brewery for refrigeration system violations and proposes $92,400 in fines. OSHA issued two repeat and eight serious safety violations following an inspection of the brewery's ammonia refrigeration system. The violations were cited under OSHA's Process Safety Management (PSM) Standards. The Feb. 4, 2014, inspection found the brewery failed to develop procedures for normal and emergency shutdown and restarting refrigeration systems. The company's process hazard analysis failed to address the dangers of over pressurization and ammonia release completely, and failed to address engineering controls and their potential failure. In addition, the company did not install ammonia detection systems or a continuous emergency ventilation system. Here is a breakdown of the citations:

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 August 2014 23:09
 
Crosby Safety Alert (A- 342 Master Links & A-345 Master Link Assemblies)
Safety Info Posts - Safety Alerts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 21:47

THE CROSBY GROUP'S focus has always been on providing products of uncompromising quality. We go to great lengths to engineer and test our products to ensure that our quality is second to none . Nothing is more important to us than the satisfaction and safety of our customers. To that end, we have discovered that a small percentage of the above listed A- 342 and A-345 Master Links and Master Link Assemblies may have a limitation if used well above the stated working load limits. There have been no field failures, and in additional testing, these products performed as they should through the stated working load limit . In fact, we have only found these rare issues to occur during overload testing with the lowest incident occurring at 2 limes the stated working load limit. While we are confident that these products will perform as intended when used within their stated working load limits, Crosby is committed to ensuring our products go above and beyond industry standards . Because there is a possibility that a small subset of these products may not reach our targeted Design Factor of 5 times the working load limit, Crosby has decided to initiate this Safety Alert. By use of the Product Identification Code (PIC) symbols which appear on the product, we have identified the Master Links and Master Link Assemblies that may be affected. The respective PIC codes are as follows.  CLICK HERE (pdf) for the Safety Alert 

Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2014 21:21
 
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