Ammonia Ignition

Ammonia Ignition

If your have never looked at an MSDS or SDS and looked at the LEL (Lower Explosive Limit) and UEL (Upper Explosive Limit) for ammonia you might not be aware that the chemical does have a unique range that is ignitable.  The fuel rang is with an ammonia concentration between 15% – 28% and the remaining being air.  Some things to consider; 15% = 150,000 […]

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Respirators Save Lives

Respirators Save Lives

Two mechanics/operators working for a company whom uses ammonia as a refrigerant had a close call back in 2011.  State OSHA in Washington (Washington State Department of Labor & Industries) released a picture podcast on the accident.  Trent Elwig of WA state department led the investigation and give us great insight to the accident and and lessons learned.  Lack of adequate training on the 3-ways […]

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New EPA Inspection Checklist

New EPA Inspection Checklist

A recent past student sent us this EPA RMP Level 3 inspection checklist today from his brother-in-laws facility in Region 6.  As you can see it has the traditional back ground and questions the Level 3 RMP Checklist has asked the last twenty years, however this one is specifically gear towards Ammonia Refrigeration Systems. Even though the document has a 2007 revision date, this was […]

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Do We Want a Monopoly?

Do We Want a Monopoly?

Is it time to move to a single standard in ammonia refrigeration? Creating a single provider of standards for the ammonia refrigeration industry may seem like a good if not great idea, but what are some potential ramifications of such a move? The American Society for Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-conditioning Engineers, (ASHRAE) Standard 15 has some good information; the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR) […]

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Process Safety Management BootCamp

Process Safety Management BootCamp

Starting first week of 2018, GCAP is proud to announce the newest BootCamp class to offer to the industry. January 5 – 11, 2018 @ GCAP This will combine GCAP’s proven and effective Process Safety Management and Recognized and Generally Accepted Good Engineering Practices Courses together in a thorough 7 day education platform. Receive your PSM/RMP and RAGAGEP Certification all at one time. For early registration please click here. Two view […]

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2017 OSHA Update: Region 7; RAGAGEP Enforcement

2017 OSHA Update: Region 7; RAGAGEP Enforcement

This year @ Kansas City Jo Beth Cholmondeley of OSHA gave us the region update and an emphasis on RAGAGEP.  RAGAGEP has been a large part of OSHA inspections the last two years. Click here to download the presentation RAGAGEP in Process Safety Management Enforcement This enforcement policy addresses the Process Safety Management (PSM) Standard’s recognized and generally accepted good engineering practices (RAGAGEP) requirements. Enforcement […]

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NEP Questions: Article 4 of 4: Training

NEP Questions: Article 4 of 4: Training

Part 4 of 4: NEP Questions? GCAP has been honored to release National Emphasis Program questions through RETA.  The article is questions based upon the PSM/RMP element we know as training.  We encourage you to look at your own PSM/RMP programs and evaluate your effective tools for implementation. 1910.119(g) Training: Questions for Maintenance/Operating Personnel Have you been formally trained in all the operating procedures of […]

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EPA Update for Region 7

EPA Update for Region 7

Our safety day in Kansas City, Kansas this last week was another great event.  We had over 250 different participants and 29 vendors representing.  This year Jodi Harper of Region 7 EPA gave us the EPA Update.  It was interesting to see the citations rank by most recent in element to what we have that has been released through GCAP and others by OSHA. EPA […]

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Compliance Audits: Compliance Strategy

Compliance Audits: Compliance Strategy

A well conducted audit will investigate every facet of your PSM system; both its structure and its implementation. The audit itself should consisted of the following activities: Extensive review of PSM/RMP documentation provided by the facility Interviews with operating staff – The interviews with hourly personnel were conducted primarily to confirm written policies and procedures with actual practice. Tours of the covered processes – Physical […]

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EPA is Not Slowing Down

EPA is Not Slowing Down

In the last several weeks several closed violations have been agreed upon between companies and EPA.  Please don’t forget that our industry in under scrutiny by the US EPA. Things to consider: Installation to Manufactures recommendations and torque specifications Failure to replace recalled PRV’s  Training and RAGAGEP PHA and RAGAGEP Pipe Labeling and Pipe Insulation Worst Case Release and Mechanical Integrity  Wrong Person Opening Wrong […]

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