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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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Process safety BEACON – March 2020

At a wastewater facility in Santa Paula (Southern California), on November 18, 2014, a vacuum truck explosion sprayed hazardous material over the site and sent dozens, including three firefighters, to hospital. Sodium chlorite, an oxidizing agent, was identified in...

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Proccess safety BEACON – July 2020

An explosion on October 13, 2002, propelled large fragments of debris offsite, some landed near crude oil storage tanks. Three people were injured, but fortunately, no fatalities occurred. Steam leaking through manual block valves heated crude Mononitrotoluene (MNT)...

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