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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Are Online Training Programs Acceptable?

Are Online Training Programs Acceptable?

The following is the interpretation from OSHA.  There are interpretation letters back to 1994 and now this one from 2019 in regards to similar questions. Are online training programs acceptable compliance with OSHA’s training requirements. Question 1: Are online training programs acceptable for compliance with OSHA’s worker training requirements? Response: Online, self-paced computer-based training can be a valuable part of an effective safety and health training program. However, […]

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OSHA’s Inspection Video

OSHA’s Inspection Video

The OSHA Inspection Process

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Line Break / Line Opening

Line Break / Line Opening

If you were not at the National Ammonia Safety Day this summer you missed the best year yet.  Michael Schram of the P1 Group presented on considerations of line breaks involving ammonia refrigeration systems.  At this Link you can view his presentation.  Some key thoughts below Be familiar with the emergency action / response procedures for the facility. Know the location of the nearest eye […]

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Preventing False Alarms: Ammonia Sensors

Preventing False Alarms: Ammonia Sensors

If your mindset leads you to believe you’re responding to ‘’just another false alarm,’’ then your guard will be down. Not only can this cause you to be physically under prepared for the potential of the situation, it can also cause you to be mentally under prepared for the potential dangers it holds. Ultimately, continuous false alarms will lead to complacency.  “It’s just another NH3 alarm” triggers the mind […]

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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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