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Safety Info Posts - Incident Alerts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Thursday, 04 September 2014 21:44
Last Updated on Thursday, 04 September 2014 21:49
SCBA Cylinder Retester Locations (PHMSA)
Safety Info Posts - Emergency Response
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Monday, 01 September 2014 09:24

This is a neat and very helpful tool for those of you needing to get your compressed gas cylinders "hydro'ed".  Using Google Maps, all one has to do is type in their zip code and the map will provide locations within a 15, 25, and 50 mile radius of those companies that can either perform visual inspections and pressure testing.  Although I will caution you... some of the businesses that pop up have a license/permit to perform inspections/tests but I am almost certain they do NOT provide this service outside their company.  It appears that the map locations were done based on certificate holders and not necessarily those who perform this service for anyone needing testing done on their cylinders.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 September 2014 09:34
If this looks familiar... well, you may need some help (Cartoon)
Safety Info Posts - Chemical Process Safety (PSM/RMP)
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Friday, 29 August 2014 19:04

engineering 101 vs welders 101

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Last Updated on Friday, 29 August 2014 19:14
EPA RMP General Duty Clause Citations @ a natural gas production facility (flammable mixture; $6,800)
Safety Info Posts - PSM and RMP Citations/Analysis
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Thursday, 28 August 2014 11:20

The Facility consists of the Cowden 47H well, a gas production unit for the 47H well, and four 21 0-barrel storage tanks equipped with Enardo thief hatches. According to information provided by Respondent, three of the tanks stored natural gas condensate and one stored water/brine. Natural gas condensate is a flammable mixture (CAS No. 00-11-11). According to information obtained from Respondent, natural gas liquid condensate from the Facility includes hexane, toluene, xylene, ethylbenzene and benzene. According to the observations of the inspectors, on the day of the inspection, the total amount of condensate in the three storage tanks designated as condensate totaled 63 barrels (17,848 pounds).

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2014 11:27
General Industry Fall Protection requirements begin ...?
Safety Info Posts - OSHA Compliance Posts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 10:21

The debate over the height at which fall protection begins in GENERAL INDUSTRY workplaces has been going strong for a number of years now, but now OSHA has "officially" stated the height is 4 feet!  This has always been stated throughout 1910.23, but there are still many who believe it to be 6' - like the construction industry.  OSHA has now clarified this in their new FAQ in the "enforcement section" (

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 10:48
Some interesting changes coming to CalARP
Safety Info Posts - Chemical Process Safety (PSM/RMP)
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Saturday, 23 August 2014 20:37

The 2014 proposed CalARP regulations have been submitted to the Office of Administrative Law. Some of the proposed changes/revisions to the rule are quite helpful in many aspects and some will be significant hardships. Here are some of the more significant ones I noticed:

Last Updated on Sunday, 24 August 2014 09:36
Deaths Involving the Inadvertent Connection of Air-line Respirators to Inert Gas Supplies
Safety Info Posts - OSHA Compliance Posts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Saturday, 23 August 2014 19:35

OSHA Safety and Health Information Bulletin, SHIB 04-27-2004

This Safety and Health Information Bulletin is not a standard or regulation, and it creates no new legal obligations. The Bulletin is advisory in nature, informational in content, and is intended to assist employers in providing a safe and healthful workplace. Pursuant to the Occupational Safety and Health Act, employers must comply with hazard-specific safety and health standards and regulations promulgated by OSHA or by a state with an OSHA-approved state plan. In addition, pursuant to Section 5(a)(1), the General Duty Clause of the Act, employers must provide their employees with a workplace free from recognized hazards likely to cause death or serious physical harm.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 August 2014 21:20
What to Expect from a CFATS Authorization Inspection (DHS)
Safety Info Posts - Chemical Process Safety (PSM/RMP)
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Saturday, 23 August 2014 18:14

DHS prep for inspection

A CFATS Authorization Inspection (AI) is conducted at covered facilities to verify and validate that the content listed in the facility’s authorized Site Security Plan (SSP) or Alternative Security Program (ASP) is accurate and complete and that existing and planned equipment, processes, and procedures are appropriate and sufficient to meet the established Risk-Based Performance Standards (RBPS) requirements.  

When your facility is ready for an Authorization Inspection, it will receive a Letter of Authorization from DHS. In addition, an inspector will reach out by phone and/or email to the designated site representative to schedule a date and time for the AI.

Section 550 of the Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2007 and CFATS, 6 C.F.R. Part 27 provide the authority for DHS to conduct authorization inspections.  CLICK HERE for the presentation from DHS.

Last Updated on Saturday, 23 August 2014 18:22
EPA EPCRA citations @ Brewery (NH3 and $20K)
Safety Info Posts - Emergency Response
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Friday, 22 August 2014 10:21

The owner or operator of a Brewery, which uses anhydrous ammonia, as a refrigerant at the facility had a reportable release of ammonia on October 12, 2011 at or about 2:19 a.m.  Approximately 664 pounds of anhydrous ammonia spilled, leaked, pumped, emitted, discharged, or escaped into tbe ambient air and/or air from the facility.  Company had knowledge of the release on October 12, 2011 at approximately 2:19 a.m. Company knew or should have known immediately that the release was above the reportable quantity.  Facts that were cited:

Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 10:27
DHS issues ANPRM for CFATS
Safety Info Posts - Chemical Process Safety (PSM/RMP)
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Friday, 22 August 2014 06:45

This ANPRM will provide an opportunity for the Department to hear and consider the views of regulated industry and other interested members of the public on their recommendations for CFATS program modifications and improvements.  Areas that DHS is most interested in receiving comments on include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. General Regulatory Approach—Comments on how the Department could continue to improve its current approach toward identifying CFATS covered facilities and ensuring their compliance with CFATS requirements, such as:
    1. the information submission processes (i.e., the Top-Screen, SVA, and SSP submissions) and associated schedules; [11]
    2. the means and methods by which facilities claim a statutorily exempt status and whether or not commenters think that deletions, additions or modification to the list of exempt facilities should be considered;
    3. the use of ASPs in lieu of SVAs and, in particular, the current limitation on the use of ASPs in lieu of SVAs to Tier 4 facilities;
    4. the, scope, tier applicability and processes for submitting and reviewing SSPs and ASPs;
    5. the processes for submitting and evaluating requests for redetermination by chemical facilities previously determined by DHS to be high-risk; and
    6. the issuance of orders and the regulatory enforcement process.


Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2014 06:56
EPA RMP Citations @ a Refinery ($120K )
Safety Info Posts - PSM and RMP Citations/Analysis
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Thursday, 21 August 2014 20:05

Count 1. Violation of 40 C.F.R. § 68.69(c)

40 C.P.R.§ 68.69(c) requires, in relevant part, that owners and operators must annually certify that operating procedures are current and accurate.

Respondent requires that operating procedures certifications are complete by May 26 of each calendar year. Respondent failed to certify procedures by this deadline for two processes in 2009. Through its failure to annually certify that operating procedures were current and accurate, Respondent violated 40 C.F.R. § 68.69(c).


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