Here’s a look at the Amendments, as well as the NEW CalARP Regulations (2015)…
CalARP Regulations 2015 (pdf)
A look at what changed can be seen in my August 2014 Post Some interesting changes coming to CalARP. It appears all the proposed amendments were adopted as proposed.
Stepping up on my soap box... Some people filling the role of safety person need to take a long look in the mirror. If you do not believe your role in the organization is the most important then how in the hell do you expect anyone else to believe it. Stop looking to management to prop you up and take charge of the safety movement and be a leader!!
OSHA issued 12 PSM citations at a manufacturer of foam, paper and plastic packaging materials. The inspection, which began Sept. 19, 2014, was conducted under OSHA's National Emphasis Program on chemical facilities and focused on OSHA's Process Safety Management. The facility had on hand 50,000 pounds of Isobutane, a flammable colorless gas used in the manufacturing process at the plant. OSHA's inspection found several serious deficiencies in the plant's PSM program. These included incomplete analysis of hazards; inaccurate diagrams of the piping system; not conducting inspections and testing of the PSM covered systems; not correcting deficiencies; not addressing recommendations in a timely manner; not updating safety information when changes occurred in the manufacturing process; and not investigating incidents that could have resulted in a catastrophic chemical release. The inspection also determined that the plant allowed accumulations of combustible dust to build up in the workplace; did not provide training and personal protective equipment to employees working with live electricity; and located exit routes near hazardous areas. Here is a detailed breakdown of the citations:
This is an interesting turn of events! The ALJ upholds most of the citations and then OSHRC vacates them all. This after a 750 pound relase of butylene oxide that occured during a line break activity and was caused by an IMPROPER energy control plan. One worker was was diagnosed with “chemical pneumonia” due to his exposure to the cloud and the two workers directly involved had to decon in a safety shower to stop the burning of thier skin. The contractor fired their employee involved for not following SWPs and the facility fired the operator for the improper energy isolation. Yet the OSHRC vacated the citations on what I can only call "technicalities". But wow... if lawyering up can get you to NO citations after an incident like this...just wow! Here's the facts as presented in the OSHRC decision..
A contractor was engaged to perform maintenance at a chemical production plant in May 2010. Both the plant and the contractor were engaged in a process known as a “Test and Inspect turnaround” (“T&I”), which required the shutdown of certain equipment for maintenance purposes. As part of the T&I, a contractor crew was assigned to remove eight emergency shutdown devices (“ESDs”) on some chemical lines and replace them with new ESDs. This required that the ESDs first be isolated pursuant to the plant’s energy control procedures. During the isolation process, a gate valve on a butylene oxide line was found to be leaking and had to be replaced before the ESD work could continue. The plant did not assign this particular work to the contractor and indicated that plant personnel would perform the work. Nevertheless, after an operator mentioned the job task over the radio, a contractor employee offered to assist.
OSHA issued eleven (11) PSM citation at a business that specializes in heat treating powder metal parts. The September 2014 inspection was initiated under the National Emphasis Program for Process Safety Management at chemical facilities. The process used anhydrous ammonia as a fuel at the metal heat treating facility. Here is a breakdown of the citations:
The North Dakota Industrial Commission has adopted new conditioning standards to improve the safety of Bakken crude oil for transport. Order No. 25417 sets operating standards for conditioning equipment to properly separate production fluids into gas and liquid. The order includes parameters for temperatures and pressures under which the equipment must operate to ensure that light hydrocarbons are removed before oil is shipped to market. The three-member commission approved Commission Order 25417 after receiving additional comments on the working draft which the Commission discussed on November 13, 2014. The new standard -- Commission Order No. 25417 -- requires operators to condition Bakken crude oil to a vapor pressure of no more than 13.7 pounds per square inch (psi).
Capital Safety has issued an Inspection Notice regarding certain models of their Protecta Rebel SRL. The affected products are:
Consult the official Inspection Notice for more details.