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WISER for iOS 3.1.1 Released & Important Ebola Resources
Safety Info Posts - Emergency Response
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Friday, 03 October 2014 19:23

WISER for iOS Update

WISER for iOS 3.1.1 is now available.  This new release provides full support for iOS 7 and above, introducing a new look and feel to match the latest iOS release.  To find out “What’s New,” click here

WISER for iOS can be downloaded and installed directly from the Apple App Store:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wiser-for-ios/id375185381?mt=8

Coming Soon

 
Getting in is ALWAYS easier than getting out! (Video)
Safety Info Posts - Permit Required Confined Spaces
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 20:39

A point we try to stress in our PRCS Entry and Rescue courses is that it is almost always easier to get into a small opening than it is to exit that same opening.  There are many variables at play during an entry that make this a fact and this video does an excellent job showing how egress can be a challenge.  This video demonstrates why almost all Confined Space Standards/Codes specifically address EGRESS from the space, as well as why an entry over 5' in the vertical direction REQUIRES a mechanical advantage.  This video was shot in Afghanistan, but the same laws of physics apply world-wide - although we have been told some facilities can defy the laws of physics!!!!

PLEASE NOTE:  Using a powered device such as a crane, as shown in this video, can be EXTREMELY DANGEROUS and is NOT advised without the proper safety controls and training in place.

MANY THANKS to "Chuck" for pointing me to this video and his service to this great nation!

Last Updated on Monday, 06 October 2014 21:12
 
How NOT to haul an industrial LPG tank! (Video)
Safety Info Posts - Hazardous Materials
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 19:53

Last Updated on Monday, 06 October 2014 21:12
 
How NOT to manage a Propane Release scene! (Video)
Safety Info Posts - Emergency Response
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 19:15

Just when we think we have seen it all, someone rises to the occasion to demonstrate the bottom of the barrel must be a bottomless pit!  Folks, this is so wrong I can not imagine the fire company publishing it on Youtube.  Maybe it was a citizen with a cell phone... but how could a citizen be standing that close? Check out the wind direction, look up the vapor density of propane, look up the LEL of propane and see if you can figure out what is so horribly wrong with this response.  Can anyone tell where the hot zone ends and the warm zone begins?  I am at a loss... and the person in the fluorescent green shirt... well it is a "safety colored shirt" so he/she must be safe!  For petes sake someone throw them a 2012 DOT ERG!!!!!

Last Updated on Monday, 06 October 2014 21:12
 
EPA RMP Citations @ a propane wholesale distributor (LPG; $21K)
Safety Info Posts - PSM and RMP Citations/Analysis
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:52

Respondent is the owner and/or operator of a facility which stores liquid propane ("LP") for wholesale distribution. Respondent filed an RMP for the Facility with EPA on or about October 18, 2013 that identified a covered propane process at the Facility as a Program 3 process, and that specified a quantity of 822,500 pounds of propane for this process. EPA conducted an inspection of the Facility on or about April 8, 2014 to assess compliance with Section 112(r) of the Act and the applicable regulations, including those listed in 40 C.F.R. Part 68 (the "Inspection"). 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 14:18
 
EPA RMP Citations @ a cheese plant (NH3; $88K)
Safety Info Posts - PSM and RMP Citations/Analysis
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:31

Respondent has a Program 3 covered process, as defined in 40 C.F.R. § 68.1O(d), using Anhydrous ammonia. 40 C.F.R. § 68.12(a) and (d) require that, in addition to submitting a single RMP as provided in §§ 68.150 to 68.185, facilities with a Program 3 covered process shall among other things, develop a management system as provided in § 68.15, conduct a hazard assessment as provided in §§ 68.20 to 68.42, and implement the prevention program as required of 68.65 to 68.87.  Here are the specifics:

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:52
 
Interesting RV replacement schedule for PV’s holding NH3 in WI
Safety Info Posts - Chemical Process Safety (PSM/RMP)
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 07:14

This week, I began working on a process design review project for a client looking to build a facility in the state of WI. This facility will use Anhydrous Ammonia within the facility and SAFTENG was hired to ensure compliance with the design and installation/construction of their Anhydrous Ammonia process. As part of the project, SAFTENG performed a code/standard review for the state of WI. In this review I came across the WI state code for SPS 343.10, ANHYDROUS AMMONIA which contains an interesting caveat regarding RV replacements.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 08:05
 
Portable Extinguishers: Monthly Inspections (USFA)
Safety Info Posts - Emergency Response
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 14:49

Screen Shot 2014-09-30 at 3.25.09 PMNational Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 10, Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers requires portable extinguishers to be inspected when they are installed and at intervals of not more than 30 days thereafter. Inspections may be performed manually — as illustrated here — or through an electronic monitoring system. Manual inspections may be performed by the property owner or occupant. The periodic inspection or electronic monitoring of fire extinguishers should include a check of at least the following items:

 
EPA RMP Citations @ a chemical manufacturing, warehouse, and distribution facility (NH3, CL2, GDC; $114K)
Safety Info Posts - PSM and RMP Citations/Analysis
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Monday, 29 September 2014 21:04

This CAFO resolves the following CAA violations that Complainant alleges occurred in conjunction with Respondent's storage and handling of hazardous substances at its facility:

  1. Failure to prepare and submit a Risk Management Plan that includes all covered processes, in violation of 40 C.F.R. §68.12(a) and 68.150(a);
  2. Failure to comply with process safety information requirements, including documentation of compliance with recognized and generally accepted good engineering practices, in violation of 40 C.F.R.§ 68.65 and/or 68.48; 
  3. Failure to comply with operating procedures requirements, in violation of 40 C.F.R. § 68.69; and 
  4. Failure to design and maintain a safe facility, in violation of the General Duty Clause, Section 112(r)(l) of the CAA, 42 U.S.C. § 7412(r)(1).
Last Updated on Monday, 29 September 2014 21:28
 
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