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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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New version of Technical pamphlet #7 on Explosions

The CRAIM has just published a new version (2ed.) of its Technical Popularization Pamphlet # 7 on "Explosion".  This version contains new information on Heat induced tears (HIT). A heat induced tear (HIT) is a rupture of a NON-PRESSURE tank containing flammable...

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Info CRAIM – Fact sheet #1

Following the publication of the Environmental Emergency Regulations, 2019 (SOR/2019-51), specifically the new companion document `` Technical Guidelines for the Environmental Emergency Regulations 2019'' from Environment Canada, the CRAIM with its new Sheet # 1...

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Proccess safety BEACON – November 2020

Some equipment such as vibratory conveyors and screens are meant to move, but in most other equipment, vibration is not desirable. It can lead to piping and equipment damage including premature failure. A new compressor system was starting operation (Diagram A) The...

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Proccess safety BEACON – October 2020

On August 4, 2020, a massive explosion occurred in Beirut, Lebanon that killed at least 160 people, injured  more than 5,000 and left an estimated 300,000 people homeless*. At this time, no estimate of damages or cause of the explosion are...

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Proccess safety BEACON – September 2020

An employee used alcohol-based hand sanitizer, according to current recommendations for COVID-19 personal hygiene. After application, but before the liquid sanitizer had fully evaporated and dried, the individual touched a metal surface where a build-up of static...

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Proccess safety BEACON – August 2020

There have been many fires and explosions in our industry over the years due to ignition during spark-producing Hot Work. The May 2020 Beacon covered the fatal consequences from one such event. One element of preparing for Hot Work is to check for – and prevent – the...

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