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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Webinar – Energy Transition initiatives: hydrogen

Learn about the Energy Transition initiatives for hydrogen in Phast, Safeti and KFX Hydrogen is an important part of the energy transition and is being prioritized in many countries. Recent years have seen numerous hydrogen applications emerging, some of which involve...

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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...

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Proccess safety BEACON – FEBRUARY 2022

At a refining site, an x-ray examination was done on a 2” drain line connected to a 12” crude line. The x-ray showed deep pits beneath deposits of process material in a horizontal section of the drain line. Further inspection of other locations identified more areas...

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Proccess safety BEACON – January 2022

On October 11, 2008, an overfill of oleum (a solution of sulfur trioxide in sulfuric acid) put a cloud of toxic and corrosive SO3/H2SO4 mist across three towns in Pennsylvania. About 2500 people had to evacuate or shelter in place. Fortunately, no serious injuries...

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Info CRAIM – Fact sheet #2

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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