Posts Tagged ‘ work permit ’

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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

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…)

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. (more…)

Understanding LEL of Common Combustible Gases

by Lukman Nulhakiem

LEL-of-common-combustible-gasesThere are many common combustible gases found in chemical plant. These combustible gases have one similarity. They can be ignited when their concentration in air are within their flammability limits.

What are flammability limits? Flammability limits or commonly known as explosive limits are defined as concentration of combustible gas in mixture with air in which they can be ignited and exploded in the presence of source of ignition.

The lowest concentration of a combustible gas in mixture with air where it still can be ignited is called by Lower Explosive Limit (LEL) or Lower Flammable Limit (LFL). Whereas, the highest concentration of a combustible gas in mixture with air where it still can be ignited is called by Upper Explosive Limit (UEL) or Upper Flammable Limit (UFL). (more…)

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