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September 1, 2012
The LE-217 explosion-proof halogen flashlight is designed for hazardous locations. Its polypropylene body and Tufflex lens are resistant to breakage and water. The...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/protective_equipment/This-waterproof-flashlight-is-for-hazardous-areas_9694.html
August 8, 2012
A seven-member investigative team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB; www.csb.gov) is deploying to the scene of an explosion and fire that occurred Monday, August 6, at the Chevron Refinery in Richmond...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/CSB-deploys-to-fire-and-explosion-at-Chevron-refinery_9598.html
July 11, 2012
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB; www.csb.gov) has released a new safety video that examines the concept of inherent safety and its application across industry; “Inherently Safer: The Future of Risk Reduction” stems from the August 28, 2008, explosion that killed two workers and injured eight others at the Bayer CropScience chemical plant in Institute, W. Va. As a result of ongoing concern...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/CSB-releases-new-video-on-inherently-safe-design-and-technology_9501.html
July 5, 2012
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB; www.csb.gov) has announced a public hearing to support its continued analysis of effective safety-performance indicators and to release preliminary findings into the agency’s investigation of the Macondo well blowout, explosion and fire in the Gulf of Mexico. The CSB’s two-day hearing on July 23-24, 2012, in Houston, Texas, will feature presentations and...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/CSB-to-hold-a-public-hearing-on-the-Macondo-blowout-and-explosion-in-Gulf-of-Mexico_9487.html
July 1, 2012
In designing and sizing relief-device and effluent-handling systems, one commonly overlooked aspect of the performance is examining the potential for low temperatures that can cause the components of the system to reach temperatures below their respective, minimum-design metal temperatures (MDMT), which may result in brittle fracture with subsequent loss of containment. This article points out limitations...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/overpressure_and_runaways/Overpressure-Protection-Consider-Low-Temperature-Effects-in-Design_9460.html
July 1, 2012
After a serious accident at a chemical plant, petroleum refinery or other freestanding industrial facility, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB; www.csb.gov) may immediately initiate an investigation, often getting “in the air” while the emergency is still unfolding. The CSB team will consist of skilled accident investigators who are often accompanied by independent experts noted for their...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/process_safety_mgmt/Working-with-the-CSB-After-a-Major-Accident_9462.html
June 1, 2012
Circa 1978, Reese and I visited a petrochemical plant in Corpus Christi, Texas. Primarily, our job was to inspect trays that had been installed in three columns. Each of those columns was about 10 ft in diameter and 100 ft tall. Our first mistake: We tried inspecting all three columns on the same day. By the time we got to the third column we were physically drained. Nevertheless, with shaky legs and arms...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/A-very-confined-space_9396.html
June 1, 2012
An explosion is defined as “a rapid increase in volume and release of energy in an extreme manner,” and is usually accompanied by high temperature generation and gas release. Flammable gases, vapors, dusts and ambient oxygen — all present in chemical processing facilities — can react to cause an explosion that essentially creates a shock wave. As a result of modern production...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/dust_explosions/Explosions-Are-You-Prepared_9364.html
May 23, 2012
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB; www.csb.gov) has deployed a four-person investigation team to El Dorado, Ark. to determine the cause of an explosion and fire that severely burned and killed three workers. The accident occurred Monday, May 21, 2012, mid-afternoon on an oil-tank site operated by Long Brothers Oil Co. on land the company leased near El Dorado, in the southernmost part of the state...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/CSB-deploys-team-to-investigate-fatal-hot-work-explosion_9374.html
May 1, 2012
Control and automation in the chemical process industries (CPI) have evolved by leaps and bounds over the past century, bringing along a host of benefits. As a result, today’s state-of-the-art facilities are more in line with business objectives, less prone to unplanned shutdowns and better able to manage process safety. However, these improvements come hand-in-hand with a relatively new challenge...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/plant_security/Is-your-control-system-vulnerable-to-an-attack_9267.html
April 1, 2012
This company has added long-range fire detection and fire risk-assessment capabilities to certain models of its EyeSec line of high-performance, uncooled thermal cameras. With this integrated option, the company claims to be the only camera manufacturer...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/fire_protection/A-video-camera-that-detects-fires-and-fire-risks_9199.html
February 1, 2012
Last month, this company launched an explosion-protection option for enclosures, enabling them to be ideal for analyzers in open-field sites, such as petroleum refineries and chemical process plants. A new inert-gas...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/safety_instrumentation/Enclosures-with-explosion-proof-protection_8976.html
February 1, 2012
Vegamet 391 with SIL (safety integrity level) qualification is a universal signal-conditioning instrument for a variety of measurement tasks, such as level, gage-and process-pressure...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/safety_instrumentation/A-signal-conditioner-with-SIL-qualification_8991.html
February 1, 2012
This filter captures hydrocarbon spills while passing rainwater Ultra Tech International Ultra-Filter Pads (photo) are suitable for use on construction sites, oil fields and other areas where spill containment is needed but shelters or structures are not available to keep out rainwater. The filters capture oil, grease and other hydrocarbons while allowing clean rainwater to flow through. The filter’s...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/spill_response/Focus-on-Spill-Response_8935.html
January 1, 2012
Pressure relief valves and rupture disks are critical safety devices for protecting personnel and processing equipment from overpressurization situations. Presented here are several engineering practices that can help to identify and address common problems with the pressure relief systems of chemical process industries (CPI) facilities. Common causes of overpressurization Overpressure situations can have...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/overpressure_and_runaways/Avoiding-Pressure-Relief-Problems_8842.html
December 1, 2011
The following letter originally appeared in Chemical Engineering, December 2011, p. 6. The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) flawed and unwarranted ruling that styrene poses a health hazard continues to stir opposition from respected scientists, manufacturing leaders, the hundreds of thousands of American workers whose jobs depend on a viable styrene industry, and a broad-based...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/regulatory/Better-styrene-science-needed_8752.html
November 1, 2011
One of the biggest issues related to dust collection is compliance with U.S. Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations regarding combustible dusts and air quality. And as both agencies up the ante with tighter regulations and more scrutinizing inspections, it is imperative that processors make sure their facilities are meeting the standards...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/dust_explosions/Collecting-dust_8622.html
November 1, 2011
(From November 2011, Letters) Perhaps enough has been written about the questionable science underlying recent U.S. government pronouncements concerning formaldehyde and human cancer of the lymphohematopoietic system (“LHPs—including the leukemias and the lymphomas)*. Now, suppliers of formaldehyde-containing product must face the uncertainties and high expense of defending questionable and...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/hazardous_substances/Fight-formaldehyde-litigation_8600.html
November 1, 2011
Last month, this company released its new Tofino Scada Security Simulator (TSSS), part of the Tofino Industrial Security Solution. The product is a complete control system in a box, designed to demonstrate...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/plant_security/A-new-tool-for-improving-Scada-security_8655.html
November 1, 2011
With a unique adhesive bottom, the Grippy Mat stays in place under a wide range of conditions, and peels up easily without leaving a residue on the floor. The...
http://www.che.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/spill_response/This-absorbent-mat-stays-in-place-under-all-conditions_8653.html
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