Tag Archives: RAGAGEP

OSHA Memo on RAGAGEP

Link to OSHA publication – Highlights (underline) are mine. Note that they reference the CCPS again. The really good stuff is at the bottom in the notes to the inspectors.   MEMORANDUM FOR: REGIONAL ADMINISTRATORS AND STATE PLAN DESIGNEES THROUGH: DOROTHY DOUGHERTY … Continue reading

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Relief Systems – Understanding Design and Design Basis

In compliance audits all over the country, we’re finding that the requirements for documenting the relief systems are not being met in many PSM programs. How bad is the situation? About 1/3rd of the relief documentation we see shows that … Continue reading

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What’s the deal with Valve torque?

A common question I get is whether or not flanged and bonneted valves need to be torqued when they are installed. Unfortunately, many of these questions are due to OSHA citations – Ideally you want to answer this question BEFORE the … Continue reading

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IIAR 2 and IIAR 4 up for public review

IIAR Standard 2 (Safety Standard for Equipment, Design, and Installation of Closed-Circuit Ammonia Mechanical Refrigeration Systems) and IIAR Standard 4 (Installation of Closed-Circuit Ammonia Mechanical Refrigeration Systems) are available for public review on the IIAR website. While being an IIAR member … Continue reading

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Do your Emergency Shut-down and Ventilation switches comply with IIAR2-2008b/IIAR5-2013, Appendix B?

IIAR5 was released just recently and a surprising number of people think that it introduces new requirements for emergency switches. The requirements themselves don’t differ from IIAR2-2008b – they are just laid out a little clearer in IIAR5, Appendix B: … Continue reading

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OSHA is going to have a field day in 2016

The IIAR released two new standards today which you can download (if you are a member) or purchase from their website: IIAR5 – Start-up and Commissioning of Closed Circuit Ammonia Refrigeration Systems IIAR7 – Developing Operating Procedures for Closed-Circuit Ammonia Mechanical Refrigerating … Continue reading

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OSHA to revise Palmer guidance on Hydrostatic Trapping

OSHA and the IIAR have not seen eye to eye on the issue of Hydrostatic trapping since 2006 when OSHA issued the Palmer interpretation letter which said the following: If a liquid expansion hazard exists and the only safeguard to protect … Continue reading

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OSHA to focus on difficult inspections (like PSM) in 2014

Taken from the FY 2014 CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET JUSTIFICATION of the OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION: With the agency now in its fifth decade, OSHA finds itself at a crossroads concerning how it will direct its enforcement resources. OSHA has always operated … Continue reading

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Five Year Independent Full Inspection

IIAR Bulletin 110, Section 6.4.4 calls for something called an “Independent Full Inspection”: At least every five years, the annual inspection of the vessels and heat exchangers shall be carried out by a competent person independent of immediate commercial and … Continue reading

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Maximum Intended Inventory (1910.119(d)(2)(i)(C))

Lately we’ve been seeing quite a few misunderstandings of the inventory calculations required by a PSM program so I thought I would try and explain it as simply as I can. Both the EPA’s RMP and OSHA’s PSM require you … Continue reading

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