Proccess safety BEACON – JULY 2022

Proccess safety BEACON – JULY 2022

A plant experienced a piping leak and could not shutdown to properly repair it. Using their leak clamp procedure, they consulted the required experts and approved use of a temporary clamp for 6 months. After that time, the status of the clamp was to be reviewed,...
Proccess safety BEACON – JUNE 2022

Proccess safety BEACON – JUNE 2022

A company decided to stop making a chemical product. One of the input materials was toxic and corrosive phosphorus trichloride (PCl3). The lines to the storage tank and the process area were cleared of PCl3 . A few years later, an operator found a leak outdoors. The...
Proccess safety BEACON – MAY 2022

Proccess safety BEACON – MAY 2022

On May 3, 2019, operators at a plant in Waukegan, Illinois were performing a batch operation, manually adding and mixing chemicals in a tank inside a building. An operator pumped an incorrect chemical into the tank. That chemical was incompatible with a chemical...
Proccess safety BEACON – APRIL 2022

Proccess safety BEACON – APRIL 2022

On July 12, 2020, a fire broke out on the US Navy ship USS Bonhomme Richard while it was docked in San Diego, California. The fire burned for 5 days and spread to 11 of the 15 decks of the ship. Temperatures from the fire exceeded 1400 F (760 C). The financial loss...
Proccess safety BEACON – MARCH 2022

Proccess safety BEACON – MARCH 2022

On September 21, 2020, a fire (Fig. 2) was ignited in a bucket of flammable resin being used to reline a Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic (FRP) tower at a papermill. Smoke and fumes from the fire killed two contractors. There are many lessons to be learned from this...