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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Catastrophic Failure – Ammonia Leak

Catastrophic Failure – Ammonia Leak

This week in Illinois a large ammonia accident occurred and prayers for all involved.  An anhydrous ammonia nurse tank loss approximately 8,000 NH3.  Reports that over 35 people hurt during the release and response.

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Why is Pipe Labeling So Important

Why is Pipe Labeling So Important

One of the best ways to learn your system is to find where all the major components of the cycle are located.  After that is to see how they are connected with pipes.  Each pipe used for a refrigeration purpose connecting these components should have labels identifying the purpose of the pipe, what state the refrigerant is in, direction of flow, and what pressure range […]

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R-717 and Hydrostatic Expansion

R-717 and Hydrostatic Expansion

Technical Safety of BC just releaed their investigation to Langley.  “Oil was not being sufficiently removed from the refrigeration system following a change in compressor output setting. On October 23, 2018, an overload failure of the ammonia pump occurred and was suspected to be a result of oil contamination. Once service was restored to the refrigeration system, performance of the evaporators was suspected to be […]

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GCAP NH3 Safety Day

GCAP NH3 Safety Day

GCAP is excited to announce the 11th annual ammonia safety day, June of 2019.  Only 400 available spots.  Region 7 and abroad are welcome to enjoy the event.  Over 12 different training topics to choose from and 45 vendors showcasing their products. Register Today Thursday June 13, 2019 Topics: Incidents of the Industry Screw Compressor Oil Seperation 7 Ways to Prevent False Alarms in NH3 […]

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EPA – Ammonia Refrigeration Compliance Assurance and Enforcement Focus

EPA – Ammonia Refrigeration Compliance Assurance and Enforcement Focus

EPA has launched and been implementing the Compliance Assurance and Enforcement Focus to improve safety at facilities with smaller ammonia refrigeration systems (over 1000 pounds and less than 10,000 pounds). After a public notice period informing the regulated community about the program, EPA plans to send brief, targeted Information Requests to selected facilities that it has reason to believe may be out of compliance. Facilities will […]

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