Category Archives: Operator Training

Operator Training

Violation by Violation – Training at Tribe Mediterranean Foods

It looks like Tribe may be working towards a quick settlement in their recent citations. The citation is a good example of what can happen with Willful citations: Seven employees weren’t trained properly for LO/TO and each was cited as a … Continue reading

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The coming (and current) operator shortage…

One of the biggest issues facing an Ammonia refrigeration facility today is finding qualified and competent technicians to operate and maintain the system. It’s not uncommon for me to receive 2-3 emails or calls a week asking for help finding … Continue reading

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Refresher Training

Many people struggle with Refresher Training. I think this is because the way they train to meet the PSM/RMP requirement is fundamentally flawed: Most places re-train each operator on EVERY SOP they are expected to perform at least every three … Continue reading

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PSM NEP Podcast

I spent about two hours in the recording studio today with Jeremy Williams of GCAP. You can listen to the first part of our conversation on the NEP at GCAPCoolCast.com I’ve spent the last three weeks at GCAP re-working the … Continue reading

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A site update and a few interesting links

I apologize for not posting in a while – I’ve recently accepted a position as an instructor at Garden City Ammonia Program in Garden City, Kansas. GCAP is the best ammonia training school for Operators and ammonia refrigeration PSM practitioners in the … Continue reading

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Nikkiso Pumps at NEPA RETA

Tonight’s NEPA RETA meeting was graced with a pump teardown demonstration by John Lumpkin of Nikkiso Pumps. They look impressive and got some good feedback from the members who had them running in their facilities. We did a complete teardown … Continue reading

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Mycom / Mayekawa

A few weeks ago at our local RETA meeting the guest speaker was Dave Johnson, Service Business Manager-East Industrial Refrigeration Division from MYCOM U.S.A. He stripped down a Mayekawa compressor for us, which was a good experience for operators who … Continue reading

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Speaking their language…

I recently came across this fatality report from NIOSH about a workplace fatality which included this quote: The foreign-born worker in this incident and a friend were hired together by a temporary agency to work as cleaners at the feed … Continue reading

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Dumping Ammonia Down the Drain? That’s a bad idea and it will cost you!

“On Jan. 24, 2008, an ARC technician was performing a service job that required the removal of all ammonia from the refrigeration system’s 1,683-gallon holding tank, Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Morse said. After transferring most but not all of the … Continue reading

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Garden City Ammonia Program PodCast

I recently had a long conversation with Craig Ward of Garden City Ammonia Program. He turned it into an episode for their GCAP Cool Cast. You can listen to the entire conversation here. As always – feedback is welcome.

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