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The Cost of a Violation

Posted on November 26, 2019 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Don’t think that penalties imposed by PHMSA for violations are anything to worry about? Think again! If you willfully violate 49 CFR, it can cost you, your business, and your pocketbook plenty. In October of this year (2019), PHMSA increased the amount of money it can fine you in the event of a violation. The new adjustments are summarized as follows:

Minimum penalty for a hazardous materials training violation - -$493

Maximum penalty for a Hazardous Materials Violation ...

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Important Update For Linde Gas Customers

Posted on November 25, 2019 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Important update for customers of Linde Gas.

Linde and its affiliates, including Praxair, Inc., will increase the prices of product and equipment rentals in North America, beginning 1st December (2019), or as contracts permit.

 

The industrial gas giant today announced the following increases:

 

Up to 15% for nitrogen and oxygen

Up to 20% for carbon dioxide, argon and hydrogen

Up to 15% for facility fees or equipment rentals

Helium pri...

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Safety Advisory: Fraudulent Low Pressure Cylinders

Posted on November 8, 2019 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

PHMSA is issuing this safety advisory notice to inform the public, industrial gas stakeholders, and relevant government officials of the risks associated with re-qualifying, filling, and transporting cylinders bearing the DOT specification markings ‘‘DOT 4E’’ or ‘‘DOT 4BA’’ that were produced by a company located in Thailand by the name of Metal Mate. Metal Mate does not have an approval from PHMSA to manufacture cylinders to DOT specifications;...

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Sign Up Special

Posted on July 28, 2019 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

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Compressed Gas Cylinder Codes and Marking Guide on Sale

Posted on May 17, 2019 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The Compressed Gas Cylinder Code and Markings Guide is on sale through the end of May.  Get it now for 20% off the normal price.

Special Permit 16320 has Expired

Posted on April 30, 2019 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

One of the more recent controversies in the compressed gas market is the use of MAE testing to extend the service life of Carbon Fiber SCBA Cylinders. You can refer to previous blog articles to understand what all of the hoopla is about. In the meantime, it has come to our attention that SP 16320 which allows the procedure is expired. USDOT Permits office published a notification on their website confirming the permit holder Digital Wave applied for renewal but at this time their applicatio...

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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.

As a quick ref...

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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.


Most importantly, for t...

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