IIAR 2: Addendum A

IIAR 2: Addendum A

The new and improved IIAR 2-2014 is the definitive design safety standard of the ammonia refrigeration industry. A major focus of changes made to IIAR 2-2014 had been incorporating topics traditionally addressed in other codes and standards so that IIAR 2 can eventually serve as a single, comprehensive standard covering safe design of closed-circuit ammonia refrigeration systems. Addendum A (2019) has been published to address […]

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Process Safety Management and Contractors

Process Safety Management and Contractors

We are thankful for OSHA’s 11 year of particpation of the National Ammonia Safety Day.  This year Elizabeth Morales, MS Regional Compliance Assistant Specialist with 25 years of experience and she presented on PSM Contractors.  If you werent there the KCCC campus had a complete power outage and this did not stop her in any means be presenting this topic to the group.  You can […]

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EPA’s National Compliance Initiative

EPA’s National Compliance Initiative

The EPA focuses its enforcement and compliance resources on the most serious environmental violations by developing and implementing national program priorities, previously called National Enforcement Initiatives (NEIs). As part of the EPA’s ongoing efforts to increase the environmental law compliance rate and reduce the average time from violation identification to correction, the EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) has adjusted and renamed the […]

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Region 7 & Recent Findings in EPA Inspections

Region 7 & Recent Findings in EPA Inspections

This year was another great ammonia training safety day and we were glad for the participation again from EPA.  Jodi Harper presented this year on “Recent Findings in EPA Inspections”.   Jodi started at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2008, where her work focuses on outreach, compliance assistance, and enforcement of the Clean Air Act Risk Management Program and General Duty Clause, and spill and […]

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Ammonia Leak Training

Ammonia Leak Training

This last week GCAP rehearsed an ammonia leak and trained on how to handle incidental releases and determine when to initiate the emergency action plan and/or response.  Nothing better than training with live hands-on approach based upon our facility and our procedures. If you have a leak what should be answered by muscle memory? Where is the leak? Ammonia detection? Ventilation? High side or low […]

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Does RAGAGEP apply to General Duty Facilities?

Does RAGAGEP apply to General Duty Facilities?

At the time of the EPA inspection, approximately 14,600 pounds in total of ammonia were present at the facility. The facility has two separate refrigeration systems, each of which cycled approximately 7,300 pounds of  ammonia through various physical states to cool the companies products.  On February 15, 2018, EPA inspectors visited the facility to inspect and assess compliance with Section 112(r) of the CAA. The […]

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What is Legionnaires’?

What is Legionnaires’?

Did you know that ASHRAE has a standard Legionaires’ disease? It is ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2018 For Legionnaires’ Disease Risk Management This ansi blog has done a nice job explaining what Legionnaires’ disease is. Legionnaires’ disease is understood as a form of pneumonia, or lung inflammation often caused by infection, and its culprit is the Legionella bacterium, which people can be exposed to after inhaling microscopic water […]

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Federal Resources: Ammonia Response Video

Federal Resources: Ammonia Response Video

Federal Resources has provided high-quality products, educational opportunities, and service contracts to first responders, military professionals, and those with maritime needs since its founding in 1986. It began as a humble manufacturer’s representative to the United States Navy in a Maryland base, but by providing superior service for a quickly-expanding customer base, the brand has since made a name for itself on a global scale. […]

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New Class @ GCAP – Inspection, Maintenance, and Testing for NH3 Refrigeration Systems

New Class @ GCAP – Inspection, Maintenance, and Testing for NH3 Refrigeration Systems

GCAP’s IMT class for R-717  class is well suited for an individual looking at the most relevant best practices for inspection, testing, and maintenance of the ammonia refrigeration system and the engine room that houses this equipment.  This class is gets into great detail of the suggested best practices of Mechanical Integrity systems Course Date October 31 – November 1, 2019 Class Competencies @ this […]

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OSHA PSM Citation and Ammonia Refrigeration!

OSHA PSM Citation and Ammonia Refrigeration!

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited a company operating in Texas– for exposing workers to releases of hazardous chemicals. The company faces $615,640 in penalties.  This is a hefty proposed fine and is one of few that has happen from OSHA on a PSM NH3 covered process. OSHA proposes that the meat-packing facility failed to implement a required Process […]

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