Ammonia Training @ Las Vegas

Ammonia Training @ Las Vegas

GCAP will be delivering two different ammonia training courses in Las Vegas!!! Ammonia Operator 1 February 17 – 20, 2020 PSM/RMP April 6 – 9, 202 Click Here to Register to Attend Thanks for supporting GCAP training and compliance services.  If you have any question please feel free to contact us.

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Employee Participation is the Key to PSM Implementation

Employee Participation is the Key to PSM Implementation

The CSB has Released a Safety Digest on Worker Participation to Help Prevent Catastrophic Chemical Incidents CSB Board Member Rick Engler said, “Worker engagement is key to an effective process safety program.  After all, it’s employees who are so often in direct contact with the hazards — and have the experience and knowledge to help prevent them.” The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board […]

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TIER II Reminder

TIER II Reminder

2019 reporting season is here! The 2019 Section 312 Tier II report is due March 1, 2020. Submission of Tier II form is required under Section 312 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA). The purpose of this form is to provide State, local officials, and the public with specific information on potential hazards. This includes the locations, as well as the amount, of […]

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EPA’s Law Changes Once Again

EPA’s Law Changes Once Again

Process safety and risk management professionals are well aware that the  laws of Process Safety Management (29CFR1910.119) and the Risk Management Program (40CFR68) have been a driving force of safety advancement in the industrial chemical sector. Within the last decade the inspections of these laws have opened the eyes of many within Industrial Ammonia Refrigeration industry and developed a new respect to what we call […]

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Ammonia Hazmat / Ammonia Hazwoper Training

Ammonia Hazmat / Ammonia Hazwoper Training

Training for emergency response employees must be completed before they are called upon to perform in real emergencies. Such training shall include; emergency response plan standard operating procedures the employer has established for the job the personal protective equipment to be worn procedures for handling emergency incidents. 1910.120(q)(6) Training. Training shall be based on the duties and function to be performed by each responder of an […]

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Chemical Safety Board Proposes New Rule

Chemical Safety Board Proposes New Rule

The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the agency’s board members are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate.  At this link is the Proposed Law that was set to be filed in the federal registrar on 12/12/19 and the agency says they have the statutory duty to issue a rule and is under Court […]

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Garden City Ammonia Safety Day

Garden City Ammonia Safety Day

GCAP’s is hosting another southwest Kansas Ammonia Safety Day! January 17, 2020 @ Garden City, KS $35 to attend First responders are free 6 Hours of Training and certificates are rewarded to participants Ammonia Properties Ammonia Accidents Ammonia Emergency Planning Ammonia Response EPA Update for Kansas and Region 7 Enroll Today by visiting this link  

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Split TXV

Split TXV

Technical Safety BC released an investigation of a split thermostatic expansion valve. As a result of scheduled maintenance on a liquid ammonia line, ammonia was trapped within an isolated piping line on the downstream side on the thermal expansion valve under the diaphragm. During this maintenance the trapped ammonia boiled off within the control valve diaphragm increasing the pressure. This increased pressure caused the diaphragm to […]

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EPA Rescinds Some of the New Law!

EPA Rescinds Some of the New Law!

RMP Reconsideration Final Rule On November 20, 2019, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed the Risk Management Program (RMP) Reconsideration final rule, which modifies and improves the existing 40CFR68. The changes are intended to promote better emergency planning and public information about accidents and maintain the trend of fewer significant accidents involving chemicals regulated under the RMP rule. The changes reflect issues raised in three petitions for […]

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Trapped Liquid NH3?

Trapped Liquid NH3?

Ammonia when in liquid form is confined (trapped) and heat is applied to the chemical it will build pressures at least 100 PSI per degree of F exposure, thus creating hydraulic pressure.  Relief protection can stop the hazard, unfortunately it doesn’t look like this facility consider this engineering solution. Below is a picture link to short video of the aftermath of the accident

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