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September 1, 2014
Providing information to, and communicating with, staff and colleagues in the workplace is essential, particularly when hazards, incidents or near-misses occur that may impact on others. An...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/process_safety_mgmt/Get-the-message-across-about-workplace-hazards_12110.html
August 1, 2014
Laboratories, such as those used for quality control in a production environment and those in research and development, are an integral part of the chemical process industries (CPI). Everyday demands of business can easily overtake safety when it comes to setting priorities in the laboratory. Deadlines must be met. Samples must be analyzed. Questions must be answered — and quickly. But even for the...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/A-Safety-Checklist-For-Laboratories_12034.html
July 1, 2014
Many industrial gases are transported, stored and used in liquid form, a situation that poses significant health and safety risks. This one-page reference highlights good safety practices for preventing personnel injury when working with cryogenic fluids. High-purity industrial gases, including nitrogen, oxygen, helium, argon and other noble gases, are commonly generated by air-separation units (ASUs)...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/Liquefied-Industrial-Gas-Safety_11914.html
July 1, 2014
Dust in the chemical processing industries (CPI) is present in numerous operations, including powder processing; the transport of materials on belt or rotary-screw conveyors; grinding materials in giant shredders and pulverizers; machining, sawing, grinding or sanding operations; dumping bags of materials into reactors; handling coating materials; as well as the processing of pharmaceuticals and foods. An...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/Dust-Control-in-the-Chemical-Processing-Industries_11927.html
June 1, 2014
The WMP (welded muffled plug) rupture-disc assembly is a single-use unit that is threaded into a pressure system. Designed to relieve the pressure of the process media in an overpressure condition, the unit protects equipment, personnel and the environment...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/overpressure_and_runaways/Install-these-rupture-discs-where-atmospheric-discharge-occurs_11828.html
June 1, 2014
Ensuring the security of industrial control systems (ICS) can be a daunting and complex task, requiring expertise and experience in several areas from a variety of contributors. The rapid pace of improvements to both technology and practice adds to the challenge. Finally, the amount and complexity of information, guidance and advice that is available can easily become overwhelming. Rather than focusing on...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/plant_security/Industrial-Control-Systems-Security-The-Owner-Operators-Challenge_11834.html
May 1, 2014
Large petroleum-refining complexes often have dozens of fired heaters, making broad-based competency in this area essential to overall reliability, safety and energy efficiency. Despite industry’s widespread familiarity with fired heaters, they continue to pose significant challenges during initial control-system design and unless properly specified, operated and maintained, fired heaters can hinder...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/process_safety_mgmt/Fired-Heaters-Best-Practices-for-the-Control-of-Fuel-Gas_11734.html
April 1, 2014
When flammable or combustible atmospheres are present, uncontrolled discharges of static electricity are potentially dangerous or even catastrophic. A significant portion of industrial explosions and fires are attributable to static electricity each year. In theory, controlling static electricity by grounding potential sources is simple, but in practice, doing so effectively requires thorough knowledge of...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/fire_protection/Static-Electricity-Discharge-and-Fire-Prevention_11619.html
April 1, 2014
Big-time security threats and breaches, like the recent Target data breach involving confidential consumer information, remind us of how vulnerable our interconnectivity makes us. And yet, the advantages of the technological advances that we enjoy are so many that there is no turning back. In his keynote presentation at the recent ARC Industry Forum (February 2014; Orlando, Fla.; www.arc.com), ARC Advisory...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/plant_security/Cybersecurity-The-challenges-of-interconnectivity_11599.html
March 1, 2014
About thirty years ago, my golf foursome learned an important safety lesson and we credited the Dalai Lama. We were all big fans of the movie “Caddyshack.” In that movie, Bill Murray’s character talks about caddying in the Himalayans for the Dalai Lama and states, “So I’m on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one — big hitter, the Lama...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/An-unexpected-safety-lesson_11544.html
March 1, 2014
Safety glove for broader industrial use Superior Glove Works This company has harnessed an advanced knowledge of yarn technology to create an affordable and innovative glove, allowing a broader industrial market of workers to benefit from premium safety solutions. The Dexterity Ultrafine 18-Gauge Cut-Resistant Glove (photo) is said to be incredibly dexterous, allowing a sleeker fit and improved finger...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/process_safety_mgmt/Focus-on-Safety-Equipment_11513.html
March 1, 2014
As an owner or manager of a company whose product is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), you will, at some point, be subjected to an FDA inspection. And once an inspection is underway in your facility, anything affecting the drug or food product directly or indirectly in an adverse manner is within the purview of the FDA inspectors. If discrepancies are found during such an...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/regulatory/FDA-Form-483-Minimizing-FDA-Inspection-Citations_11538.html
February 1, 2014
Workers in the chemical process industries (CPI) can wear chemical protective clothing to protect themselves from exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals in the form of vapor, liquid and solid particles. While chemical protective clothing has not been regulated to the extent that safety glasses, hard hats and some other forms of personal protective equipment (PPE) have been, an international standard...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/protective_equipment/Chemical-Protective-Clothing_11437.html
January 1, 2014
Dust is a critical consideration in the chemical process industries (CPI) from both a process safety standpoint — as a potential fire and explosion hazard — and from an occupational safety standpoint — as a potential worker exposure hazard. Reinforcing basic concepts about dust behavior and properties can help reduce the risks. Health hazards Airborne particles are solids suspended in the...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/dust_explosions/Dust-Hazards_11362.html
January 1, 2014
Rising temperatures and rapid or excessive heat buildup are useful markers for determining the operational health of many types of machinery and components that are used in a wide array of industrial and manufacturing settings. The types of mechanical and electrical systems for which temperature increases often signal problems include (but are not limited to): rotating machinery, such as motors, turbines...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/protective_equipment/Remote-Thermal-Sensing_11336.html
November 1, 2013
It is with extreme reticence that I author this page, even though I received permission several months ago to do so. FRI had a near miss in 2010, which was identical to a near miss that occurred in 2007. In the safety world, such things should never happen. In 2007, FRI was running butanes in its high-pressure test column. A gasket blew, releasing butanes to the atmosphere; the butanes did not ignite...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/A-repeat-near-miss_11176.html
November 1, 2013
Working in close proximity to the high pressures and temperatures commonly found in the chemical process industries (CPI) is cause enough for concern over a person’s wellbeing; but working in close proximity to chemicals that are considered toxic, hazardous or reactive escalates that concern to a higher degree (Figures 1 and 2). The dangers of such chemicals underline the paramount importance of...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/process_safety_mgmt/Piping-Design-for-Potentially-Lethal-Chemicals_11173.html
September 1, 2013
Newson Gale Avert static electricity buildup with this hose-continuity tester The OhmGuard Hose-Continuity Tester is designed to continuously ensure that a string of assembled hoses are safely grounded to the transferring vehicle during operations that may produce potentially combustible gas, vapor or dust atmospheres. These testers protect against static electricity that can accumulate to dangerous levels...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/Focus-on-Safety-Equipment_10939.html
July 1, 2013
Security of SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) and other industrial control systems (ICSs) is a complex subject, and one that has received much attention in recent years. While modern industrial control systems use many of the same computers, operating systems and networking components as conventional business networks, the two kinds of networks are managed very differently. As a result, what...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/plant_security/Securing-Industrial-Control-Systems_10695.html
June 1, 2013
This flowrate totalizer has an explosion-proof enclosure Precision Digital The PD6830 ProtEX-RTP Pulse Input Rate/Totalizer has a rugged, explosion-proof, NEMA 4X enclosure and is designed for the quick and easy display of local or remote flow information in hazardous areas. The SafeTouch through-glass buttons allow operation without removing the cover. Flowmeter k-factor units are automatically converted...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/dust_explosions/Focus-on-Explosion-Protection_10580.html
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