11 Basic Facts That You Should Know About Rupture Disk

Rupture disk is one of important safety devices that are commonly found inside chemical plant. Rupture disk or bursting disk is installed to protect system, pressure vessel or equipment from over pressure and or damaging vacuum condition. It is a non-reclosing pressure relief device, according to ASME Code Section VIII, Division 1, 1988 edition.

Over pressure or extremely vacuum condition can cause catastrophic failure and death. So, rupture disk holds an important role to protect plant facility and workers’ safety.

Due to its undoubtedly vital function, it is very important to understand the basic fact about rupture disk. Keep reading this article to know the 11 basic facts that you should know about. Read the rest of this entry »

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11 Key Lessons Taken from Heat Exchanger Rupture and Ammonia Release at Goodyear Texas

heat-exchanger-ruptureCSB’s case study is a very good source of safety lessons. It provides free and real safety lessons for all of us. I like to read it and would like to share it with you now.

A few days ago, CSB released a case study about the Goodyear Texas heat exchanger rupture and ammonia release on June 11, 2008. In that accident at work, a heat exchanger which is used to cool down chemicals used to make synthetic rubber, ruptured and ammonia was released. It caused one employee died and injured six others.

I have read the case study and I thought that it was very good safety lessons. Read the rest of this entry »

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Accident at Work Caused by Natural Gas Release

The US Chemical Safety Board (US CSB) has released a safety video that shows accident at work triggered by natural gas releases recently. Natural gas release to work area is very dangerous since it creates flammable atmosphere that is readily ignited and explodes when there is a source of ignition.

In this video, CSB shows that natural gas release to work area is a deadly practice and must be avoided. Besides, at the end of this video CSB suggests some important points related to hazard of natural gas release to avoid accident at work.

Some accident at work cases are shown in this video. And we will see clearly why those accidents happened. However, the most important lesson you should take is how to prevent such similar accident happens in your workplaces. Read the rest of this entry »

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An Example of Workplace Safety Manual

workplace-safety-manualsEvery company should have workplace safety manual in place as the main safety reference in the company. Workplace safety manual should cover all aspects in the company operation, mainly in the plant site.

In fact, some companies still have not had effective workplace safety manual. Even, some of them have no workplace safety manual in their companies! So that’s why you need to read this post.

In this post I would like to show a good example of workplace safety manual, which can be downloaded into your computer. Read the rest of this entry »

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What Types of Construction Safety Equipment Should You Prepare?

Preparing appropriate types and enough quantity of construction safety equipment are ones of the important steps you have to do to ensure safety during construction work inside your workplace area or chemical plant.

construction-safety-equipmentsYou may rely on your daily safety equipments to fulfill the requirement of construction safety equipments. But, it is not enough. Take a moment to think about it. Construction work is much different with your daily plant operation. You will need different types of safety equipment.

Fail to fulfill the appropriate construction safety equipment will endanger the safety of your construction workers, employees and plant facilities. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Better MSDS Filing with MSDS Binders

msds-binderYou may handle hundreds of Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) inside your chemical plant. This is as the consequence of using hundreds of hazardous chemicals for the production process. All the MSDS should be managed properly; otherwise you and your workers could be in danger when handling these hazardous chemicals.

Proper management of MSDS means making those MSDS available at the points of use. They are usually used in areas of incoming inspection, production, warehouse, laboratory, etc. And the existence of MSDS binders could greatly help creating proper management of MSDS. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tips for Better Lab Safety Supplies Management

lab-safety-suppliesSuccess in managing lab safety supplies will directly affect the performance of safety in laboratory operation as a whole. Laboratory, which contains various hazardous chemicals, pressurized gases, flammable gases and electrical energy, if not properly managed, could present harmful working condition to workers.

Better lab safety supplies management will not only ensure the availability of safety supplies, but also could ensure all workers who work inside the laboratory are protected from potential hazards.

Read the simple tips below for having better lab safety supplies management within your chemical plant. Read the rest of this entry »

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