Respondent operates a "stationary source" that has an RMProgram covered process, ammonia refrigeration, which stores or otherwise uses anhydrous ammonia, in an amount 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 August 21, 2013, 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:
A Pressure Vessel subject to Internal Corrosion shall be defined as any metal Pressure Vessel using a process product that can cause Corrosion, Erosion, Pitting, Cracking, or Deterioration, as defined in Part 2, 3.3 of the National Board Inspection Code. The intent is to verify the vessel is safe to operate. Pressure Vessels subject to internal corrosion shall receive a Certificate Inspection every three (3) years. Owner-Users qualified in accordance with Section 15 of the Illinois Boiler & Pressure Vessel Safety Act (430 ILCS 75) shall have the option of using API-510 or the NBIC for inspection intervals. This inspection shall be external and internal where conditions permit,* however, small air receivers and domestic hot water supply storage vessels, or vessels without man-way openings, may substitute thickness readings compared to original material thickness values when internal inspection is impractical. CLICK HERE (pdf) to see this DRAFT Document.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to strengthen security at the Nation’s high-risk chemical facilities through the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program. Chemical Security Program Statistics as of March 2, 2015:
CLICK HERE (pdf) for the DHS press release
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: