Reports of 3 Dead Due to Ammonia Leak

Reports of 3 Dead Due to Ammonia Leak

Last night reports of 3 confirmed deaths due to ammonia leak at an ice skating rink.  Our prayers and thoughts go the families of these lost ones.  Ammonia is a refrigerant not to be taken lightly and requires significant education and experience to know how to design, manage and operate these industrial and commercial refrigeration systems.  Ammonia is the best thermodynamic refrigerant but comes with […]

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Relief Valve 5 Year Replacement

Relief Valve 5 Year Replacement

IIAR’s Bulletin 110 gives us 3 options for relief valve replacement if we consider them RAGAGEP outside of manufactures requirements. Every five (5) years from the date of installation. IIAR originally recommended (in 1978) that pressure relief valves be replaced every five years from the date of installation. This recommendation represents good engineering practice considering the design and performance of pressure relief devices; or An […]

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EPA Provides free RMP Training

EPA Provides free RMP Training

The much awaited Risk Management Program training modules, developed by EPA Region 7, are now posted on-line!  Region 7 has developed modules discussing the requirements of CAA 112(r)(7), common compliance pitfalls, preparing for inspections and the Region 7 inspection process, and case studies.  Though the modules are geared for regulated facilities anyone who wants to learn more about the Risk Management Program would benefit, including emergency planners.  […]

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KS Safety & Health Conference

KS Safety & Health Conference

GCAP was honored to participate for the last 6 years in Topeka, KS for the DOL annual conference.  This was the 4th year that GCAP was requested to give presentations.  Tate Minchew gave a presentation on ammonia awareness and the effects of ammonia releases. The conference is conducted through a partnership between the Kansas Department of Labor’s Industrial Safety and Health Section and a committee […]

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Ammonia Refrigeration Facilities still under Scrutiny by EPA

Ammonia Refrigeration Facilities still under Scrutiny by EPA

In 2015 EPA released a new enforcement alert “Ammonia Refrigeration Facilities under Scrutiny by US EPA“.  Several example in the document talked about these key inspection considerations and lessons from past incidents and violations.  The following was the key points to the enforcement alert Lessons Learned from recent inspections of ammonia refrigeration systems: Identifying the hazards that a facility’s refrigeration systems present is crucial. Guidance […]

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EPA and General Duty CAFO

EPA and General Duty CAFO

A facility in the northeast recently agreed to a CAFO at over $180,000.  This is a must read for all facilities regardless of charge quantity.  However this facility had a sign on the door the the engine room that they had a charge of 9,995 lbs.  Very close to the federal threshold and lets see how this inspection turned out. At all times relevant to […]

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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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