Buy Fire Extinguishers for Your Chemical Plant – A Quick Guide

This year you probably have planned to buy fire extinguishers for your chemical plant and buildings inside it, whether for replacing the old ones or as additional extinguishers. Whatever your buying purpose is, you should buy the best fire extinguishers according to your needs.

where to buy fire extinguishersBuying the best fire extinguishers does not always mean high cost. It is not only about cost. There are many important factors you should consider before you make any decision for buying fire extinguishers.

Read the simple guide below on how to buy fire extinguishers for your chemical plant. It may take times to find out the best ones. But, with a little extra effort I believe you could find them. Read the rest of this entry »

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Take Important Notes From Forklift Safety Video

Have you included working accidents that are caused by forklift operation in the plant site? Or have you ever imagined that forklift can present real hazard in your workplaces?

The forklift safety video below will tell you the answers. It was a real case and could give you idea on how to make hazard identification associated with forklift operation. Of course this forklift safety video is just one example. You could search other ‘real case studies’ forklift safety video from youtube.com.

After watching the forklift safety video, then you should be able to identify possible hazards coming from forklift operation. This is very important because after that you are requested to provide hazard controls as explained in Hazard Identification, Risk Analysis and Risk Control procedure. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Importance of Workplace safety Posters

safety posters for the workplaceWorkplace safety posters play an important role in effective safety communications, safety precautions and safety warnings to workers. Workplace safety poster is one kind of safety communication. Their applications in chemical industries are very common, where various potential hazards present.

Safety regulations and legal require the use of workplace safety posters. Generally, these workplace safety posters have to be placed in workplaces where hazards exist. They warn workers about specific hazards that accompany their jobs and naturally appear in such workplaces. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hearing Protection Devices

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Hearing protection devices are used to control high level noise hazards, when engineering and administrative controls can not decrease the noise level. They may come in the form of ear plugs or ear muffs.

In order to know that you are exposed to high level noise hazards, then you should measure the noise level from the sources at your workplace. Each noise source has different nature. It could expose noise hazards in impulsive, intermittent or even continuous manner.

Besides ear plug and ear muffs, there is another hearing protection device available in the market, e.g. canal caps. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hot Work Permits and Dangers of Hot Work

Chemical Safety Board US released a safety video about the dangers of hot work recently. In that video, some real cases of chemical plant accidents caused by hot work were presented.

This video shows the importance of hot work permits that have to be got before hot works can be conducted at site. We will see how fire and or explosion happened when hot works were being conducted.

Chemical Safety Board would like to emphasize how to do correct preparations with correct methods prior to hot work execution. Complete hot work permits could eliminate hot work hazards. Read the rest of this entry »

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Important Notes Taken From DuPont Gas Leak

methyl chloride leakDuPont recently reported the causes of methyl chloride leak from the phosgene unit in last January at its West Virginia chemical plant, which caused one worker died. Phosgene is a hazardous chemical used for manufacturing of pesticide and plastic that can damage the respiratory system.

According to DuPont report that was published in businessweek.com, the causes of the gas leak were aging hoses, corrosion and pressure build up in the line. Combination of these factors had caused hoses failed to function properly. Read the rest of this entry »

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List of Safety Precautions for Shutdown Activities of Chemical Plants

safety precautions for shutdown activities of chemical plantsThere are two kinds of chemical plant shut down, i.e. planned shutdown and emergency or unplanned shutdown. An example of planned shutdown is as preparation for Turn Around or yearly preventive maintenance programs. Emergency plant shutdown can be triggered by many factors, such like electric power failure, machinery failure, instrumentation trouble and many more.

In both shutdown cases, there are safety precautions for shutdown activities of chemical plants that need to be taken into account. Such safety precautions are required to prevent potential hazards that commonly appear during plant shut down.

In fact, many people may underestimate chemical plant safety in shutdown condition. Of course there may no pumps running, no reactions occur or production process. But various potential hazards such as over pressure, fire and explosion still exist, which could present real danger to the plant and people inside it. Read the rest of this entry »

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