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April 1, 2014
"As long as fossil fuels and carbon-intensive industries play dominant roles in our economies, carbon capture and storage (CCS) will remain a critical greenhouse gas reduction solution. With coal and other fossil fuels remaining dominant in the fuel mix, there is no climate friendly scenario in the long run without CCS." So begins the 2013 edition of the Technology Roadmap — Carbon Capture...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/greenhouse_gases_and_climate_change/CO2-gets-Grounded_11607.html
April 1, 2014
The world’s largest environmental technology trade show, IFAT (www.ifat.de), takes place in Munich May 5–9. A record of nearly 3,000 companies from 50 countries are presenting innovations and services in water, sewage, waste and raw materials management, covering some 230,000 m2 of exhibition space. What follows is a small sample of new products being exhibited at the show.   Bürkert...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/water_treatment_and_supply/IFAT-2014-Show-Preview_11617.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.che.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.che.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.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/An-unexpected-safety-lesson_11544.html
March 1, 2014
The chemical process industries (CPI) are, by their very nature, global in scope. While chemical process operators share many common aspects (in terms of the use of chemical engineering unit operations), the location of their operation brings about different requirements when it comes to managing gaseous and particulate pollutants, because different countries have different regulations with regard to air...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/air_pollution_control/Global-Air-Pollution-Regulations-Variation-is-the-Norm_11540.html
March 1, 2014
Polymers like polyethylene, polypropylene, polyvinyl chloride and polyester have become ubiquitous in manufacturing. The properties of polymer-based materials that make them so desirable — they are generally cheap to produce and boast high chemical and thermal stability — also make them abundant, disposable and, in many cases, non-degradable. As landfill space decreases, and with some European...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/sustainability/Advanced-Polymer-Recycling_11503.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.che.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.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/regulatory/FDA-Form-483-Minimizing-FDA-Inspection-Citations_11538.html
February 1, 2014
Each year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA; Washington, D.C.; www.epa.gov) honors innovative technologies that make an impact in reducing hazards to human health and the environment. As these are goals that the chemical process industries (CPI) continuously strive for, news of such achievements is of great interest. Over the past 18 years of the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge program...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/Green-chemistry-reaps-rewards_11396.html
February 1, 2014
The new software package, Ocean, can contribute to turning a sewage treatment plant from a disposal facility into an opportunity to generate electricity, recover resources and recycle water. For example, Ocean can identify...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/water_treatment_and_supply/Software-helps-turn-sewage-into-profit_11429.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.che.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.che.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.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/protective_equipment/Remote-Thermal-Sensing_11336.html
December 1, 2013
When the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised the U.S. Hazard Communication Law, U.S. 29 CFR 1910.1200, in May of 2012, it set off an avalanche of change in the environmental, health and safety (EH&S) circles of American industry. Virtually every manufacturing and service industry will be involved in one aspect or another of adapting its existing hazard communication system...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/regulatory/The-Globally-Harmonized-System_11273.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.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/A-repeat-near-miss_11176.html
November 1, 2013
Remox — the latest addition to this company’s Aquamove fleet of mobile water treatment solutions — is a membrane degasser that removes carbon dioxide and oxygen from water...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/water_treatment_and_supply/The-launch-of-the-first-mobile-membrane-degasser_11166.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.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/process_safety_mgmt/Piping-Design-for-Potentially-Lethal-Chemicals_11173.html
October 1, 2013
Chemical, pharmaceutical and related industries produce large amounts of wastewater in their production and cleaning processes. The wastewater characteristics are often diverse, and may include minimally biodegradable or toxic substances, or both. To protect the environment, these wastewaters typically must be treated to minimize pollutant concentrations before discharging to the environment, or to...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/environmental_mgmt/water_treatment_and_supply/Biological-Wastewater-Treatment-Selecting-the-Process_11067.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.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/Focus-on-Safety-Equipment_10939.html
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