Advantages of Hands On Training

Advantages of Hands On Training

In this article you will find the advantages of training using hands-on equipment verses classroom seminar structure only.  We find that some of the best training an individual can receive is specifically right off of their own equipment in their facility based upon plant’s specific standard operating procedures.  On the other hand, learning the overview or theory of the application will be best suited in a […]

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Ammonia and WorkSafe

Ammonia and WorkSafe

If you live in Canada, WorkSafe whom is a lot like OSHA, will be conducting inspections initiative focused on preventing workers from unsafe exposure to ammonia. These inspection are from the recent tragedy and ammonia incident that took 3 lives.  There are two great PDFs that WorkSafe has put together in the last few years.  We suggest you take a look at both in incorporate […]

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IIAR’s SOP Standard Open for Public Review

IIAR’s SOP Standard Open for Public Review

The first (1st) public review of draft standard BSR/IIAR 7-201x Developing Operating Procedures for Closed-Circuit Ammonia Refrigeration Systems, for periodic maintenance requirements, is now open. The public review will be conducted from November 10, 2017 through December 26th, 2017. BSR/IIAR 7-201x, defines the minimum requirements for developing operating procedures applicable to closed-circuit ammonia refrigeration systems. It presupposes that the persons who use the document have a working knowledge of the […]

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2018 Training Tour

2018 Training Tour

GCAP’s 2018 Training Tour is being announced. Limited Seats and classes are filling quickly. Take advantage of us coming to a city near you and get your certifications today. Having these seminars at or near your facility and can save thousands of dollars involved in training expenses. If you would like to host a seminar please get a hold of GCAP to secure your spot of […]

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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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