IIAR 9 – Public Review

IIAR 9 – Public Review

IIAR Standards are ANSI approved as they are subject to a rigorous public review process to ensure that they represent an industry consensus.  IIAR standards set the industry standard and are a must-have technical resource to ensure a safe and efficient industrial refrigeration operating environment. IIAR will use the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) procedures to develop evidence of consensus among affected parties.  ANSI’s role […]

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OSHA Fines on the Rise Again

OSHA Fines on the Rise Again

For this calendar year OSHA has increased the dollar value of the their fines again. Posting Requirements $12,934 per violation Other-Than-Serious $12,934 per violation Serious $12,934 per violation Failure to Abate $12,934 per day beyond the abatement date Repeat $129,336 per violation Willful $129,336 per violation

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Mixed Connection, Toxic Result

Mixed Connection, Toxic Result

The CSB’s newly released safety video entitled, “Mixed Connection: Toxic Result,” includes a 3D animation of the incident, as well as interviews with a CSB investigator and Chairperson Vanessa Allen Sutherland. In the video, investigator Lucy Tyler describes three key lessons learned from the MGPI incident. They are: Facilities should evaluate chemical unloading equipment and processes, and implement safeguards to reduce the likelihood of an […]

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PHA Checklists

PHA Checklists

The Ohio State EPA has created several useful checklist for processes in their state but could be great resources for any PSM/RMP facility.  These three published checklists could be incorporated into your PHA and also used in revalidations. Facility Siting Checklist Human Factors Checklist PHA Simple Revalidation Checklist Risk Management Planning: The intent of section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act is to prevent accidental […]

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Advantages of Hands On Training

Advantages of Hands On Training

In this article you will find the advantages of training using hands-on equipment verses classroom seminar structure only.  We find that some of the best training an individual can receive is specifically right off of their own equipment in their facility based upon plant’s specific standard operating procedures.  On the other hand, learning the overview or theory of the application will be best suited in a […]

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Ammonia and WorkSafe

Ammonia and WorkSafe

If you live in Canada, WorkSafe whom is a lot like OSHA, will be conducting inspections initiative focused on preventing workers from unsafe exposure to ammonia. These inspection are from the recent tragedy and ammonia incident that took 3 lives.  There are two great PDFs that WorkSafe has put together in the last few years.  We suggest you take a look at both in incorporate […]

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IIAR’s SOP Standard Open for Public Review

IIAR’s SOP Standard Open for Public Review

The first (1st) public review of draft standard BSR/IIAR 7-201x Developing Operating Procedures for Closed-Circuit Ammonia Refrigeration Systems, for periodic maintenance requirements, is now open. The public review will be conducted from November 10, 2017 through December 26th, 2017. BSR/IIAR 7-201x, defines the minimum requirements for developing operating procedures applicable to closed-circuit ammonia refrigeration systems. It presupposes that the persons who use the document have a working knowledge of the […]

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2018 Training Tour

2018 Training Tour

GCAP’s 2018 Training Tour is being announced. Limited Seats and classes are filling quickly. Take advantage of us coming to a city near you and get your certifications today. Having these seminars at or near your facility and can save thousands of dollars involved in training expenses. If you would like to host a seminar please get a hold of GCAP to secure your spot of […]

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Reports of 3 Dead Due to Ammonia Leak

Reports of 3 Dead Due to Ammonia Leak

Last night reports of 3 confirmed deaths due to ammonia leak at an ice skating rink.  Our prayers and thoughts go the families of these lost ones.  Ammonia is a refrigerant not to be taken lightly and requires significant education and experience to know how to design, manage and operate these industrial and commercial refrigeration systems.  Ammonia is the best thermodynamic refrigerant but comes with […]

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Relief Valve 5 Year Replacement

Relief Valve 5 Year Replacement

IIAR’s Bulletin 110 gives us 3 options for relief valve replacement if we consider them RAGAGEP outside of manufactures requirements. Every five (5) years from the date of installation. IIAR originally recommended (in 1978) that pressure relief valves be replaced every five years from the date of installation. This recommendation represents good engineering practice considering the design and performance of pressure relief devices; or An […]

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