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Training Requirements: Chemical Awareness & Emergency Response (Part 2 of 4)

November 13th, 2018

While the first article in this four-part series on training provided an overview of RMP/PSM/CalARP training requirements, we will now take a closer look at the required training for general facility employees. While it may seem like only employees who operate a hazardous chemical process need training, it is not true. General employees at your […]

Training Requirements: RMP/PSM/CalARP Overview (Part 1 of 4)

October 30th, 2018

In a 2010 survey done by IIAR, it was found that 60% of ammonia releases were caused by human error. Mechanical failure was the cause of 37% of accidental releases. Knowing that much of mechanical failure can be avoided by good inspection, tests, and maintenance, it is likely that a portion of the 37% of […]

Annual Testing of Emergency Eyewash/Shower Stations

October 16th, 2018

Are you aware of the testing requirements of emergency eyewash/shower stations? OSHA’s Title 8 §5162(a) requires emergency eyewash/shower stations to comply with the ANSI/ISEA Z358.1 standard. For ammonia refrigeration systems, ANSI/IIAR 2-2014 §6.7.3 also requires that emergency eyewash/shower stations meet the requirements of ANSI/ISEA Z358.1. The American National Standard for Emergency Eyewash and Shower Equipment (ANSI/ISEA Z358.1-2014) […]

Peter Thomas Partners with IIAR to Provide Guidelines for Low Charge Ammonia Refrigeration Systems

October 2nd, 2018

The International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR) recently published Low Charge Ammonia Refrigeration Management (ARM-LC) Guidelines, to provide guidance to owners, contractors, and manufacturers of ammonia refrigeration systems with a total inventory of less than 500 lbs of ammonia. Peter Thomas, P.E. played an instrumental role in developing these guidelines that will serve our industry […]

Management of Change & Pre-Startup Safety Review (Part 3)

September 18th, 2018

In Part 1 of this series, we examined the purpose of Management of Change and Pre-Startup Safety Review (MOC/PSSR) and how to determine when it is required. In Part 2 of the series, we reviewed the specific requirements of MOC/PSSR. While it may feel like a daunting task, we will now review how to implement Management of […]