Posts Tagged ‘ Confined space ’

Storage Tank Cleaning Safety

Storage tank cleaning safety is the most important aspect that needs to be considered deeply before doing tank cleaning work. This applies for all storage tanks. In addition, special consideration should be given for tank that is used for storing highly flammable and toxic chemicals.

The following tank cleaning safety tips will help you preventing work accident because of doing this work. Please read those tips carefully and improve your preparation when you find that you have left something.

But, my very first recommendation is to read MSDS or material safety data sheet of chemical contained in the storage tank. Make sure that you have understood precisely about all aspect associated with that chemical. (more…)

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Plant Turn Around Safety Tips

Plant Turn Around or yearly maintenance is a very big event, where almost all equipments will be opened for overhaul. This is the time when a ton of works are carried out at the same time based on a planned schedule, with a large numbers of workers. In this occasion, a group of people from third party also work in your plant site.

There are many types of works and operations carried out at that time. Chemical cleaning, welding, brushing, confined space works, tank clean up, piping modification, work at elevated height, leak test, hydrostatic pressure test, catalyst discharging, catalyst burning operation, and many more. All of those works contains potential risks. If it is not treated properly, then it will result work accidents.

In this case, safety aspect should be treated properly in order to prevent work accidents. Because a lot of works are carried out at the same time, naturally each work will link which each other. So it is very important to make sure safety aspect of each work and not to become hazards source for other works. (more…)

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A Must Have List of Safety Inspection Checklist

Safety inspection is a regular safety job that is purposed to ensure that equipments, tools, work conditions, work area, plant facilities and so on have already met minimum safety requirements. It is carried out in order to detect any safety deficiencies as early as possible so that accident can be avoided.

Successful safety inspection requires reliable tool that’s a checklist. Safety inspection checklist lists up inspection items that need to be conformed. Such checklist is main reference for safety inspection job. With it, safety inspection will obtain consistent results.

Generally, safety inspection checklist can be obtained from equipment manuals, operation manuals, safety standards, expert advises and experiences. Ideally, you have all the required checklists. However, some of you may not know what kinds of safety inspection checklists are required in your plant site.

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H2S Monitor, The Key Factor To Controlling H2S Hazards in The Workplace

H2S-detectionWhat was happened at Tianyuan Manganese Corp in northwest China’s Ningxia Hui (23/12) has reminded me the H2S hazard and the importance of H2S monitor. In that accident at work, according to initial accident investigation three people were died which was caused by H2S gas poisoning. H2S was released when employees was mixing manganese carbonate and sulphuric acid at the plant site.

H2S or hydrogen sulfide has specific odor like rotten egg at the concentration of below 1 ppm in air. However, its odor can not be used as H2S detection method. A reliable and continuous H2S monitor or H2S detection device is exactly required to avoid H2S poisoning. (more…)

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Facts You Should Know About LEL Monitor and LEL Meter

LEL monitor or combustible gas monitor is a very vital aspect in hot work safety. Failure in doing accurate LEL monitor will bring to a catastrophic condition. The same condition will also happen when you use improperly calibrated LEL meter or LEL detector, which is used to measure LEL percentage of combustible gas or vapor in the atmosphere.

Before doing LEL monitor or operating LEL meter, you should know exactly the following facts. They will help you how to do LEL monitor properly. (more…)

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Confined Space Hazards Video – Xcel Energy Case

The US Chemical Safety Board has recently released confined space hazards video, related with work accident in a tunnel at Xcel Energy Company’s hydroelectric power plant in Georgetown, Colorado, US. It was happened on October 2, 2007.

In that work accident, five people were died and three others injured. When it happened, a fire erupted 1,000 feet underground in that tunnel.

CSB explained how the fire accident happened through the confined space hazards video. Watch this video and take important notes afterward. You will see that confined space is one of the most dangerous workplaces. (more…)

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26 Ideas for Construction Safety Meeting Topics

Before starting any construction work in chemical plant, you will want to conduct construction safety meeting which is attended by safety in charges within your company or plant, construction workers and labors. Construction safety meeting is usually conducted daily, weekly and or monthly within the construction schedule.

construction-safety-meetingsAt that time, you should choose appropriate construction safety meeting topics. Construction safety meetings are very important in which you communicate any safety-related topics with the construction jobs.

Below here are 26 ideas for construction safety meeting topics that you can choose for the construction safety meetings in the plant site. Selection of the topics will depend on hazard level of each construction work that you have assessed through the hazard identification and risk assessment. (more…)

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