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Top 5 Benefits You Will Get from Doing Consistent Safety Patrol

Getting updated information about safety in the plant as early as possible is very essential. Most people will rely on site operators’ report to get the updated safety information, because they think that operators go to plant site regularly to check plant operation. It is not bad and no body will blame you if you do this too.

However, doing the same thing in a long period will make your awareness getting decreased. You are doing the job just with instinct. You will feel nothing different since every day you do that job with the same procedure and route.

Then, do you still expect more from this condition? Of course you have options to change how they take operation data from site and doing site patrol at the same time. But, it takes time and you will get huge difference if you ask someone who are rarely doing regular job for that. It is you. (more…)

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Chemical Plant Safety: Ways to Protect the Workforce

Manufacturers of cobalt should observe chemical plant safety to protect their workers and also the environment.  Cobalt is a hard metal which resembles iron and nickel. Production of cobalt is important because this type of metal has many uses when combined with other metals or other substances. The use of cobalt can produce high temperature high speed cutting tools. The metal is also useful in electroplating and producing steel and stainless steels magnets.  Cobalt is also useful for coloring glass, porcelain, pots and tiles and producing an ink. In the medical world cobalt is used as cancer treatment. In agriculture, cobalt is used as an additive to feeds for cattle.

As people enjoy the many benefits provided by cobalt, workers who are instruments in the production of stuffs from cobalt face the perils that can be brought by the substance if manufacturers will not impose chemical plant safety in the work areas.  Safety in chemical plants should always be observed to avoid chemical plant accidents. Workers’ exposure to cobalt metal, dust and fume can be in the form of inhalation, physical contact of eye or skin to the substance or intake. Plant owners should implement the following methods to control the excessive exposure of their workers to cobalt metal, cobalt dust and cobalt created fumes:

  • The processing area should be enclosed but properly installed with local exhaust ventilation
  • The workers should be required to wear protective clothing and use protective equipments

Per recommendation of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), workers should be allowed to work for eight hours but the limit of exposure to cobalt metal, dust and fume should not be more than 0.1mg for every cubic meter of air. Per recommendation of National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), for workers working up to ten hours a day or 40 hours a week, the limit of their exposure to cobalt metal, dust and fume should not exceed 0.05 mg for every cubic meter of air. The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) however, lowers down limit of exposure to the substance to 0.02 mg for every cubic meter of air if workers will work ten hours a day or 40 hours a week.

Without chemical plant safety, plant manufacturers will not be able to observe the given exposure limits above.  As a result, workers can suffer dermatitis and lung diseases. Workers who have skin allergies can be severely affected by cobalt when physical contact is present. Workers who inhale cobalt dust or fume are likely to suffer pulmonary tract infections. When ingested, cobalt can cause poisoning that can affect a worker’s bone marrow, damage his thyroid gland and damage his pancreas’ alpha cells.

Plant owners who manufacture cobalt must never forget that their workers are one of the most valuable assets in their companies. There can be no other people to do the work that they are capable of. Aside from a reasonable pay, they deserve to have a safe workplace.

 

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How Do You Manage Your Workplace Safety Checklist?

workplace-safety-auditYou may manage various workplace safety checklist that are regularly used in your company. It can be safety audit checklist, forklift safety checklist, truck safety checklist, fire extinguisher inspection checklist, safety training checklist, plant safety inspection checklist and many more.

All these workplace safety checklists are created to make your jobs easy and ensure there is no something left. Due to its critical role in safety system, better management of workplace safety checklist is necessary. (more…)

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Chimney Safety What Most People Forget

chimney-cleaningTwo days ago from enterprisenews.com I read fire accident that took place in chimney. The firefighters who extinguished the fire said that the fire was caused by creosote buildup in the duct ignited when the fireplace was lit. It was then confined in the chimney.

After the fire, the firefighters reminded all homeowners to do chimney cleaning to prevent chemical buildup inside it. They also said the importance of regular chimney maintenance.

So, what is the relationship between this home fire accident and chemical plant safety? The important point that I would like to deliver is chimney cleaning and chimney safety. Most of us may forget about chimney safety. (more…)

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Learn from Veolia Explosion Investigation Report

On last 21 July 2010, The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released explosion investigation results at Veolia ES Technical Solution Plant. The gas explosions caused two people injured and the plant was temporarily shut down. It also damaged twenty houses and five businesses near the plant.

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The gas explosion which happened on May 4, 2009, was triggered by flammable vapor that was released from a waste recycling plant. Flammable vapor was then ignited and exploded. (more…)

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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. (more…)

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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. (more…)

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