Tag Archives: Operator Training

Avoiding training requirements by hiring Contractors? Think again…

I am fortunate to have the opportunity to see a great many different ways to tackle PSM compliance as I audit PSM programs around the country. One thing that surprises me very often is how many people think that they … Continue reading

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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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Dairy SPCC exemption, Under-Ride Hazards

These two items are not PSM related but they are of interest to those of us who work in Dairies and Cold Storage distribution warehouses and they are important enough that they merit wider discussion. EPA Exempts Milk From Spill … Continue reading

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Do I need to train this contractor?

PSM require us to train all contractors “who could affect or be affected by” the ammonia refrigeration process. Here’s a good reminder why we train contractors working in a PSM facility to be aware of ammonia: “Fire officials say a … 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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