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2014 Video of the Week #16 (Propane Cylinder Fire)
Safety Info Posts - Video of the Week
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Friday, 18 April 2014 14:48

Ok, I think most of you would agree we have seen some pretty bad unsafe acts @ SAFTENG over the past 19 years, but I must say this one just climbed to the top of the list for the DUMBEST and most UNSAFE act I think I may ever see in my lifetime.  Although, the failure here is NOT an individual's unsafe act, but rather this is a CLEAR FAILURE of proper training as is evidence by those still standing around and some even trying to extinguish the flames!  You do not have to be a firefighter or a HAZMAT technician to recognize what this Chinese firefighter did was just beyond dumb and dangerous.  Hell I even question the sense of the person video taping it!!!  Anyway watch in amazement and PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS EVER!

Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 15:38
 
Electronic Incident Command System (ICS) Forms from USCG and NOAA
Safety Info Posts - Emergency Response
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Friday, 18 April 2014 13:58

The Incident Command System (ICS) is an organized way to respond to emergencies using standard job roles, forms, and terminology. This method of organizing an emergency response is used across the government, industry, and private sector, both within the U.S. and internationally, to create a common structure that everyone understands to ensure fast and efficient emergency response.  The U.S. Coast Guard developed ICS forms for all-risk/all-hazard situations and is the best source for downloading the forms, where they are available in PDF and Microsoft Word/Excel formats.  NOAA, however, does offer the following:

  • A free ICS forms database that allows you to edit, manage, and archive the ICS forms electronically on your computer. This product is no longer under active development by our office, and the forms may be out of date.
  • A free FileMaker master file that you can use as an ICS form template and customize if you own a copy of the FileMaker software.

CLICK HERE for more from NOAA.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 14:01
 
OSHA’s TECHNICAL MANUAL on the LIMITATIONS of Explosibility (combustible gas) Sensors
Safety Info Posts - Hazardous Materials
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Friday, 18 April 2014 13:47

I have written a number of articles on the “Limitations of Combustible Gas Indicator, especially about the limitations of the LEL sensors and the “correction calculations”. I thought this piece in OSHA’s Technical Manual was well written and explains the limitation well. So if you did not believe me or understand what I was trying to say, here it is from OSHA.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 13:50
 
CCPS Interview with OSHA’s Jordan Barab (Video)
Safety Info Posts - Chemical Process Safety (PSM/RMP)
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Friday, 18 April 2014 13:35

 

Louisa Nara, Technical Director for the Center for Chemical Process Safety, sat down with Jordan Barab, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Mr. Barab spoke at the 10th Annual GCPS in New Orleans giving an overview of Executive Order 13650, which aims to improve chemical facility and security. In this video, Mr. Barab discusses the Executive Order and what role OSHA will play.

 

Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 19:04
 
OSHA Review/Lookback of OSHA Chemical Standards
Safety Info Posts - OSHA Compliance Posts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Friday, 18 April 2014 10:12

The majority of OSHA's Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs) were adopted in 1971, under section 6(a) of the OSH Act and only a few have been successfully updated since that time. There is widespread agreement among industry, labor, and professional occupational safety and health organizations that occupational safety and health organizations that OSHA's PELs are outdated and need revising in order to take into account newer scientific data that indicates that significant occupational health risks exist at levels below OSHA's current PELs. In 1989, OSHA issued a final standard that lowered PELS for over 200 chemicals and added PELS for 164. However, the final rule was challenged and ultimately vacated by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in 1991 citing deficiencies in OSHA's analyses. Since that time OSHA has made attempts to examine its outdated PELs in light of the court's 1991 decisions. Most recently, OSHA sought input through a stakeholder meeting and web forum to discuss various approaches that might be used to address its outdated PELs. As part of the Department's Regulatory Review and Lookback Efforts, OSHA is developing a Request for Information (RFI) seeking input from the public to help the Agency identify effective ways to address occupational exposure to chemicals.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 10:18
 
Commissioning of a LNG Storage Tank (Video)
Safety Info Posts - Hazardous Materials
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Friday, 18 April 2014 09:49

An interesting look at what it takes to commission a bulk LNG storage tank!  The numbers are mind boggling for field erection leak testing.

Unique vision of LNG tank test from QGC - A BG Group business on Vimeo.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 09:51
 
OSHA issues PSM citations @ Refinery ($200K w/ Willfuls and Repeats)
Safety Info Posts - PSM and RMP Citations/Analysis
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 18:58

The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services (DWS) (WY-OSHA) has cited a refinery for seven (7) violations stemming from a September 2013 incident. An OSHA inspection following the September 27, 2013 explosion and subsequent fire resulted in seven citations and proposed penalties totaling $201,000. No injuries occurred as a result of the incident. WY-OSHA monetary penalties go entirely to the local school district where the violations occurred. The OSHA investigation found that an explosion and subsequent fire occurred in the #4 Hydro-Desulphurization (4HDS) Unit within the Hydrocracker Complex on Friday, September 27, 2013, at 10:10 p.m. Hydrogen embrittlement of a carbon steel control valve in the 4HDS Unit caused a leak of hydrogen which ignited. Hydrogen embrittlement is the process by which various metals become fatigued, brittle and fracture following exposure to hydrogen. The source of ignition is unknown. As a result, the control valve had deteriorated from the inside-out and caused the leak and subsequent explosion. The following citations were issued by OSHA as a result of the September 27th incident:

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 19:03
 
TX Fertilizer Plant Explosion analysis (videos/photos)
Safety Info Posts - Chemical Process Safety (PSM/RMP)
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00

4/16/14 UPDATE - Newest amatuer video showing the fata explosion and an explanation as to what you are seeing from a bomb squad tech

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 April 2014 19:09
 
LOTO and Contractors
Safety Info Posts - Lockout Tagout
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 21:10

Scenario:

A contractor is hired to make repairs to a piece of equipment. This work will require the machine’s energy sources to be isolated per 1910.147. The facility has a machine specific procedure for said equipment. Contractor follows the machine specific procedure and uses their company’s LOTO locks per their written LOTO program/practices to lockout this piece of equipment. Right next to this piece of equipment that has been isolated using the contractor’s LOTO locks is another contractor installing a new and identical piece of equipment. The contractor’s that performed the lockout used a very popular brand of silver locks - some with blue bands and some with yellow bands. The host employer’s LOTO program uses “color” to identify their LOTO locks and they use a solid red lock for their energy isolations. The site has a contractor safety orientation program for all contractors and during said orientation they train all the contractors that site LOTO locks are red in color.

Does this sound familiar to anyone? Maybe your facility has a contractor safety orientation where LOTO locks are identified by color, shape or size for all the contractors so that they may be able to identify LOTO locks. Maybe your facility allows contractors to isolate machinery/equipment using their own LOTO locks. If any of this sounds familiar, this article may be of interest.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 21:33
 
EPA RMP Citations @ food facility (NH3 & $19,397 NOV and SEP of $38K for CS Rescue Team Gear)
Safety Info Posts - PSM and RMP Citations/Analysis
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 17:23

The Respondent, at its stationary source, has one RMProgram covered process which stores or otherwise uses ammonia in amounts exceeding its applicable threshold of 10,000 pounds. Respondent has submitted and registered an RMPlan to the EPA for the stationary source. Respondent has developed an RMProgram accidental release prevention program for the stationary source. Based on an RMProgram compliance monitoring investigation initiated on February 14, 2012, the EPA alleges that the Respondent violated the codified rules governing the CAA Chemical Accident Prevention Provisions, because Respondent did not adequately implement provisions of 40 CFR Part 68 when it:

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 17:47
 
33 incidents & 0 updates (4/15/14)
Safety Info Posts - Incident Alerts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 18:54
Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 19:01
 
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