Volume 3, Issue 8, December 2001, Christian
R. Youngerman, Editor
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News: AcuSafe Feature- The Implications of
S.1602, The Chemical Security Act of 2001
News: OSHA Offers Training on New Recordkeeping Rule
News: CEPPO Releases Updated Hazardous Material Planning Guide
PSM Interpretations - Mechanical Integrity- Summarized
"Layered Risk" Analysis Publication Available
Releases New Reactive Materials Hazards Safety Alert
1. Monthly Summary of Incidents,
October 19 - December 4, 2001
1. AIChE Safety In Ammonia Plants & Related Facilities Symposium (Rescheduled), January 14-17, 2002
2. 2nd International Workshop on Human Factors in Offshore Operations, April 8-10, 2002
Training Institute Full 2002 Course Schedule Now Available
AcuSafe Feature- The Implications of S.1602, The Chemical Security Act of 2001
Newly appreciated concerns for terrorism have naturally highlighted the issue of the potential for attack on facilities handling hazardous materials. Out of this concern has sprung a potentially far-reaching proposed
Act titled the Chemical Security Act of 2001, S.1602. This
six-part feature summarizes the requirements of the proposed
Act, and discusses the issues and activities surrounding it.
Please find this AcuSafe Feature Story at http://www.acusafe.com/Newsletter/Stories/1101NewsChemSecurityInterp.htm
OSHA Offers Training on New Record-keeping Rule
OSHA will provide training to employers nationwide on its new
record keeping rule via a satellite broadcast scheduled for 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (EST) on Dec. 12. Employers will be able to access the training at local facilities nationwide, such as community colleges or other facilities with satellite linkages, or via the internet via the agency's website. The broadcast will remain available for review via the agency's website through June 2002. OSHA's updated injury and illness
record keeping requirements, covering about 1.4 million employers, take effect Jan. 1, 2002.
To view the entire OSHA Press Release regarding the new
record-keeping training course please go to http://www.osha.gov/media/oshnews/nov01/trade-20011128A.html
CEPPO Releases Updated Hazardous Material Planning Guide
The Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Prevention Office (CEPPO)
and updated its 1987 Hazardous Materials Emergency Planning Guide (NRT-1, "Orange Book")
and has released it for public use. The updated booklet contains updated references to guidance on developing state and local emergency response plans.
The booklet encourages plan integration and coordination with
local emergency response committees (LEPCs).
The new NRT-1 is available from the on AcuSafe or the CEPPO
website at: http://www.epa.gov/swercepp/whatnew.html
PSM Interpretations - Mechanical Integrity Summarized
AcuSafe presents the third installment in a series of feature articles
entitled "PSM Interpretations." In this edition of
AcuSafe News, we present a summary of interpretations about
mechanical integrity and its wide-ranging impacts to a
facility's PSM effort.
View this featured article at http://www.acusafe.com/Newsletter/Stories/1101NewsPart3Interpretations.htm.
AIChE Releases New "Layered" Risk Assessment
The AIChE's Center of Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) has released a new resource
for industrial plant designers and operators of chemical facilities for analyzing
and assessing risk entitled Layer of Protection Analysis:
Simplified Process Risk Assessment. The book
provides a simplified approach to Quantitative Risk Assessment
to assist facilities in analyzing and assessing their
More information about his new resource can be found at http://www.aiche.org/publications/
CCPS Releases New Reactive Materials Hazards Safety Alert
CCPS has also recently released a new safety alert, available
from their website. The safety alert addresses process
hazards focusing on reactivity. The safety alert includes
basic information about handling reactive materials, preparing
compatibility matrices, and common safeguards for reducing
reactive material risk
The safety alert is available from the CCPS website at: http://www.aiche.org/ccps/pdf/reactmat.pdf
Monthly Summary of Incidents, October 19, 2001 - December 4, 2001
We collect stories about
major spills and releases from around the globe. This month's installment
summarizes a total of 21 incidents brought to our attention between
October 19, 2001 and December 4, 2001. Most of the incidents covered have caused significant injury, deaths, or major property damage.
Accidents in Mexico, Canada, Sweden,
China, the United Kingdom, Bahrain, Sri Lanka, and
the U.S. are represented. We welcome input to this effort by submitting summaries of other notable events to
AIChE Safety In Ammonia Plants & Related Facilities
Symposium (Rescheduled), January 14-17, 2002
The Ammonia Safety Symposium is the world's largest
international conference on ammonia plant safety. This
event has been rescheduled from its 2001 date due to the New
York terrorist activity. This year's symposium will
be held at the Le Centre Sheraton Hotel in Montreal,
Quebec. For full program
and registration information, visit http://www.aiche.org/conferences/ammonia
2nd International Workshop on Human Factors in Offshore
Operations, April 8-10, 2002
This workshop, "Demystifying Human Factors- Practical
solutions to reduce incidents and improve safety, quality, and
reliability, will be held at the new Inter-Continental Hotel in
Houston, Texas. For full program
and registration information, visit http://www.hfw2002.com
AcuTech Training Institute's New 2002 Schedule Available Now
The AcuTech Training Institute Full 2002 Training schedule is
now available. ATI is offering several new courses for the
2002, courses include:
- Crisis Management & Plant Security for the Process
- Human Factors in Process Safety
- ISA S84.01 and Process Safety Management
- Mechanical Integrity Program Management
- Best Practices in Process Safety Management
- Process Hazard Analysis for Team Leaders
- Process Safety Management Refresher
Our course instructors are known for their excellence in
process safety and hazard analysis, and have conducted a series
of highly successful training seminars on Process Safety
Management, Hazard Analysis, and Quantitative Risk Assessment in
the U.S., Canada, and Asia. Course attendees principally include
safety and operations personnel from chemical, petrochemical,
energy, and manufacturing companies. Among the companies represented
include ExxonMobil, Tosco, ARCO, BPAmoco, McDonnel-Douglas,
Boeing, Kraft, Tyson, Unocal, Shell, Siemens, Bayer, Cargill,
For pricing information, course descriptions, a course
schedule, and biographies of AcuTech course instructors, please
read our full brochure at http://www.acutech-consulting.com/training/ATI_2002FullSchedule.PDF.
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