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Xylene MSDS Download

Xylene is an organic substance that is toxic to blood, nervous system, kidney and liver. Xylene is flammable liquid with flash point 25oC (closed cup). It can be explosive in the form of vapor when is exposed to open flame, spark or heat.

msds-xyleneXylene is generally used as solvent, paint thinner and cleaning agent. Rubber and leather industries are examples of industry that use xylene in their production processes.

Special safety precautions shall be given in case of its handling and storage. All ignition and heat sources have to be kept away from xylene storage. And all equipments containing xylene have to be grounded. Meanwhile, in laboratory, xylene has to be stored in flammable safety storage cabinet. (more…)

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Again, Another Hot Work Related Accident Was Happened

Yesterday morning (9/11), a hot work related accident was happened at Dupont’s Yerkes plant on River Road in Tonawanda, US. In that work accident one contractor worker was killed and another worker was injured.

accident-at-workThe accident was happened when two contractor workers were welding on a 10,000 gallon chemical storage tank. The tank exploded during the welding work. The tank is usually used to store vinyl fluoride.

According to Dupont official, the chemical storage tank was emptied and cleaned up for several times to make sure it is safe to do welding work. However, some chemical reactions took place when the welding work was in process and caused the chemical storage tank exploded. (more…)

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Introduction to Hazardous Area Classification

You may already know well about hazardous area classification or hazardous area enclosures within the plant site where you work. Or may be you have already heard about that term once in your lifetime. That’s no problem, because in this article we will uncover the essential matters behind hazardous area classification.

hazardous-area-enclosuresIf you have not known the hazardous area enclosures within your plant site, at first you have to know it. This information is commonly available in as built documents of your plant facilities. It is under electric chapter with sub-title “Hazardous Area Classification”.

This classification was made during the design phases of the plant facilities through risk assessment studies. So, you can use the as built document as reference. (more…)

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Scaffold Accident Statistic – The Unspoken Warning

Scaffold accident or scaffolding accident may be seen as the secondary hazard in chemical plant. It could be understood because the use of scaffold is less frequent in operating or existing chemical plant. Scaffold is probably used if there is a construction work done in the plant site.

scaffolding-accidentIn addition, scaffold accident has higher probability to happen due to scaffold users are construction workers or construction labors who may have received inadequate safety training.

Scaffold usage could cause various accidents at work. Fall accident may become the major work accident related to scaffold operation. It could cause fatal injuries and deaths. So that’s why safety precautions on such accident at work should be given in high priority. (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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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. (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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