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The purpose of refresher training

Posted on November 29, 2018 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

I am always amazed when asked the question; “Why do I need refresher training, when I have been doing this job every day?” Many people have the belief that if they do a job day in and day out, they should not need refresher training or that the need for this training does not apply to them. For the record, I want to state that this attitude or belief is patently false. A lack of refresher training opens an organization to liability, fines, and other issues.

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The cost of no training

Posted on November 16, 2018 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Entities that work with compressed gasses fall under the jurisdiction of both the Department of Transportation (via 49 CFR) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) via 29 CFR. Because of this, employers are mandated to conduct training for their employees dictated by both government entities. The result of not complying can be extremely expensive in the event there is an accident where an employee is injured. Employers who have hazardous materials in their workplace ar...

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Luxfer Releases Position Statement on Eddy Current Testing of AA6061 Cylinders

Posted on October 30, 2018 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Luxfer has finally released its position on Eddy Current Testing of Luxfer cylinders made of 6061-T6 Aluminum Alloy. The short version is that Luxfer does not require or recommend Eddy Current Testing of cylinders made of 6061-T6. These are cylinders manufactured by Luxfer after 01 July 1988. This position reflects the official position released by Catalina Cylinders a few years ago. The full position statement and release can be found here:


www.luxfercylinders.com/suppo...

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New Tool From OSHA for HAZMAT Responders

Posted on October 20, 2018 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

A new tool in the tool box for anyone dealing with hazardous materials is the new online chemical database that has been launched by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This electronic database allows users to search for chemicals by CAS number, name, or even partial names. When you select a chemical, you find information that has been complied via multiple sources and even links to outside organizations and their chemical libraries.


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Pre-Release of new book

Posted on October 13, 2018 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Announcing the Pre-Release of our new book “Compressed Gas Safety for General Industry and Personal Use.”


Release date scheduled for 1 December 2018.


The cost of this book will be $25 plus shipping. But you can take advantage of the advance order special of $20 plus free shipping.


This handy guide book discusses the general hazards, safety considerations, safe handling, and storage of compressed gas cylinders. Additionall...

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Clarifying the Safety Data Sheet

Posted on October 6, 2018 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

I have been involved in HAZMAT response and training for over 10 years and it still amazes me that there is still a lack of awareness in regards to Safety Data Sheets (SDS). Many employees are still not aware of the purpose for these sheets, or what an important role they play during an incident involving chemicals.

Within the last 5 years, the OSHA standards regulating workplace safety revised the Hazard Communications Standards (HCS) in order to realign it with foreign countries who...

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USDOT Renewal of Two Special Permit Cylinders

Posted on June 29, 2018 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Two popular models of SCUBA tanks have had thier special permits renewed by PHMSA (USDOT).  The USDOT has confirmed that both SP14932 and SP12076 have been renewed and the updated permit can now be downloaded as a .pdf document on the PHMSA website.  Because these permits have been renewed, normal hydrostatic testing can resume and these cylinders may remain in service.

Controversy in the Cylinder Industry

Posted on July 25, 2017 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

These days, no subject is without controversy or drama and that includes the cylinder manufacturing industry. Recently, the Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued Special Permit 16320 to Digital Wave Corporation to allow “the extension of the 15-year service of certain carbon fiber reinforced aluminum-lined cylinders (DOT-CFFC) that are used in self-contained breathing apparatuses by firefighters and first responders....

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New regulations in regards to requalifying cylinders

Posted on January 23, 2017 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Two new regulations for re-qualification of cylinders will become mandatory starting Monday - January 23, 2017.

 

New Re-qualification period for DOT4 series cylinder such as Propane

 

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Option to now use test labels rather than stamps on all cylinders, except for 3HT series.



 

Section 180.209(e) of 49CFR

(e) Proof pressure test. A cylinder made in conformance with DOT Specifications 4B, 4...

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2016 ERG Guide Correction

Posted on November 18, 2016 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

An issue has been found with the 2016 ERG’s that were part of the first batches printed. 

 

On page 13, ROAD TRAILER IDENTIFICATION CHART, Compressed Gas/Tube Trailer, gives a guide page of 137. This is incorrect and should state Guide 117. This was discovered and reported several months ago and apparently this issue  was corrected in the latest printed versions of the ERG.

 

Please make sure your personnel are aware of this issue when uti...

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