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Proccess safety BEACON – JULY 2021

On February 5, 2021, a water treatment plant employee in Oldsmar, Florida, noticed that the cursor was moving strangely on the control computer screen, Initially, there was no concern; the plant used remote access software to allow staff to share screens and...

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Proccess safety BEACON – JUNE 2021

The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) collected data from 105 dust explosion from 2006 through 2017. The CSB did not review all the incidents from that timeframe. The CSB data was then categorized into several broad industry types. Figure 1: CSB Dust Explosion...

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Proccess safety BEACON – MAY 2021

In October 2009, a release of over 260,000 gal. (984 cubic m. m.) of gasoline from a storage tank led to a major explosion, killing 11 including both operators. The official report indicated that the operator made a mistake in the sequence of valve operations when...

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Proccess safety BEACON – APRIL 2021

A recent event in Gainesville, Georgia, US, involved a significant leak of liquid nitrogen. A poultry processing plant used liquid nitrogen to quickly freeze chicken products. This freezing system had only been in operation for 4 6 weeks before the event. Six workers...

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Proccess safety BEACON – March 2021

On April 12, 2004, a company in Dalton Georgia, USA was contracted to make triallyl cyanurate. A runaway reaction occurred, and flammable and toxic allyl alcohol and allyl chloride were released to the atmosphere. Some material was released through a poorly sealed...

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Proccess safety BEACON – FEBRUARY 2021

A U.S. company had fires at 2 of its locations about 100 days apart. Both were caused by static sparks igniting flammable liquids and vapors. On July 17, 2007, flammable VM&P naphtha was being transferred from a tank truck to a vertical 15,000 gallon (57 m3 )...

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Proccess safety BEACON – JANUARY 2021

An operator was adding a raw material from many drums. All the drums were black with white ends and had blue & white labels. After adding ~20 drums, the operator noticed a drum that had a different name on it. Same black and white drum, same blue and white label....

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Proccess safety BEACON – December 2020

Do you think that you do not have to worry about potential reactive chemistry incidents because your workplace has no intentional chemical reactions? Don’t be fooled – reactive chemistry  incidents can happen almost anywhere. Here are two examples. On November 7,...

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