Ammonia Safety Day

Ammonia Safety Day

Kansas City 9th Annual Region 7 Ammonia Safety Day June 1, 2017 @ Kansas City Community College @ Kansas City, KS $35.00 per attendee $400.00 per exhibitor Thank you for the continued support of the Kansas City Safety Day.  This event is designed for continual growth and new topics each year.  If you are in operations, safety, compliance, supervisor, technicians, mechanic, or manager this event […]

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EPA Extends Comment Period on New RMP Rule

EPA Extends Comment Period on New RMP Rule

WASHINGTON – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Pruitt took action today to reconsider the “Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: “Risk Management Programs Under the Clean Air” (“RMP Rule”) and signed an administrative stay to delay the effective date of the rule regarding chemical accident preparedness and prevention, until June 19, 2017. The 90-day extension will allow time for EPA to consider whether to further extend […]

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OSHA becoming more Educated with Ammonia Refrigeration

OSHA becoming more Educated with Ammonia Refrigeration

“Knowledge will bring the opportunity to make a difference” –  Claire Fagin once said.  It all starts with education, applied through a hands on experience, then one may attain what is known as wisdom.  OSHA will be bringing a new perspective to looking at a mechanical refrigeration systems.  It has happened to all of us at one time in our career when a light switch […]

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RAGAGEP and 16 Considerations

RAGAGEP and 16 Considerations

Enforcement Considerations Under 1910.119, employers select the RAGAGEP with which their equipment and procedures must comply. In evaluating RAGAGEP compliance, CSHOs should be aware of a number of potential issues: There may be multiple RAGAGEP that apply to a specific process. For example, American Petroleum Institute (API), RP 520 Sizing, Selection, and Installation of Pressure-Relieving Devices in Refineries Part II – Installation, and International Standards […]

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Ask, Wait, and See

Ask, Wait, and See

For over two decades we have developed and implemented some of the finest PSM/RMP programs across the country.  Last time we checked there were over 7,500 locations that had RMP due to over 10,000 lbs of ammonia.  There were only 14,500 location in the same time period that had submitted RMPs for the 140+ chemicals.  GCAP has always said over half the PSM/RMP in the […]

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Blocked In

Blocked In

In this accident investigated by the CSB (Chemical Safety Board) there is so much an ammonia refrigeration and PSM/RMP covered process can relate too to improve the safety of your own process and the safety program that encompasses it. Over-pressure Protection Process Hazard  Analysis Management of Change Pre-Startup Safety Review Operating Procedures Hierarchy of Controls Process Safety Cultural Blocked In

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I am Grandfathered

I am Grandfathered

Since the advent of government enforcement many have probably said / defended / or heard that they are grandfathered in.  No different when it comes to PSM RMP implementation and of that the best practices we know as RAGAGEP.  When some says their grandfathered to a particular standard, we like to say show me the letter from the agencies that have the ability to give […]

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Should vs Shall

Should vs Shall

“Shall” and “Should” in RAGAGEP “Shall,” “must,” or similar language used in RAGAGEP reflects the developer’s view that the practice is a mandatory minimum requirement to control a hazard. Similarly, “shall not,” “prohibited,” or similar language references or describes unacceptable approaches or practices. If an employer deviates from an applicable “shall” or “shall not” requirement in the employer’s adopted RAGAGEP, OSHA will presume a violation. […]

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ASHRAE 15 & 34

ASHRAE 15 & 34

The 2016 editions of ASHRAE’s major refrigerants-related standards have been published as a package with 30 new refrigerants and refrigerant blends added. ANSI/ASHRAE 15, Safety Standard for Refrigeration Systems, and its sister standard, ANSI/ASHRAE 34, Designation and Safety Classification of Refrigerants, constitute a complete set of requirements for the safe design, construction and application of refrigeration systems used in a wide variety of residential, commercial […]

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How Long Do We Have?

How Long Do We Have?

EPA has established the following dates for facility owners and operators to comply with the revised rule requirements: Don’t let these pronounced dates sneak up on you. Comply with emergency response coordination activities within one year of the effective date of the final rule; Within three years of when the owner or operator determines that the facility is subject to the emergency response program requirements […]

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