|Posted on October 20, 2018 at 2:25 PM||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 the responder, it lists vital information on each chemical such as the boiling and melting points, physical properties, exposure limits, IDLH information, and upper and lower explosive limits.
This resource is free to the public and a great reach back and identification tool. You can access it at www.osha.gov/chemicaldata
|Posted on October 13, 2018 at 9:55 AM||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. Additionally it provides references to applicable rules and regulations, guidance from the compressed gas industry, and general HAZMAT handling instructions.
Written for use by both general industry utilizing compressed gasses and also individuals who utilize compressed gasses for personal use. This handy book can be integrated into your organizations safety program in order to comply with DOT and OSHA regulations for general hazardous materials training.
|Posted on October 6, 2018 at 9:40 AM||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 use the Global Harmonization System (GHS) and assist in the clarification and communication of the dangers involved with chemicals. One of the results of this revision was the reorganization of the old Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) into the new Safety Data Sheet format.
The SDS is used as a primary information source of the hazards of a chemical and includes such subjects as environmental hazards, first aid procedures, accidental release measures, and safety precautions. Utilizing this information, facility managers can employ safety programs, develop mitigation measures for accidental releases, and develop appropriate safety training for employees. More importantly, the SDS provides critical information to first responders and medical personnel to rapidly and effectively treat individuals that have been exposed. Employees need to be aware of where they can locate these data sheets, and employers have a duty to ensure their workers are knowledgeable as to what chemicals are stored at the workplace and where to acquire this data.
|Posted on June 29, 2018 at 9:40 AM||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.
|Posted on July 25, 2017 at 1:10 PM||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.” The PHMSA website states that under this new Special Permit 16320, issued to Digital Wave Corporation, “cylinder life can be extended an additional 15 years through the use of Modal Acoustic Emissions (MAE) testing.” In accordance with the special permit, PHMSA “may authorize extensions of service for DOT-CFFC cylinders in five-year increments when they are re-qualified by MAE testing” and “the incremental extensions may enable the cylinders to remain in service for up to 30 years.”
Luxfer Gas Cylinders, a manufacturer and supplier of breathing air cylinders to SCBA manufacturers, has issued a formal statement concerning the life extension of DOT-CFFC carbon composite cylinders by means of Modal Acoustic Emissions testing.
To summarize Luxfer cylinders statement; Luxfer was never involved in this new testing program by Digital Wave corporation. Because they were not involved in this program dealing with their cylinders, Luxfer cannot accept responsibility or liability for use of their cylinders beyond the 15 year service life that they were designed for. Additionally, Luxfer will not warranty cylinders past their 15 year service life.
Scott Safety has publically stated that if these cylinders are re-qualified under this new method, it will invalidate the NIOSH approvals for the air packs.
Meanwhile Digital Wave Corporation has publically stated that their method is safe, and the only reason that cylinder manufactures disagree is because they fear the loss of a revenue stream.
Who is right? That is for the user to decide.
|Posted on January 23, 2017 at 3:00 PM||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
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, 4BA, 4BW, or 4E protected externally by a suitable corrosion-resistant coating and used exclusively for non-corrosive gas that is commercially free from corroding components may be requalified by volumetric expansion testing or proof pressure testing every 10 years instead of every 5 years. When subjected to a proof pressure test, the cylinder must be carefully examined under test pressure and removed from service if a leak or defect is found.
This is a rule change, previously Propane 4B specification cylinders were requalified by:
- Volumetric Test every 12 years
- Proof Test every 7 years
- External Visual Examination every 5 years
With this rule change, Propane 4B specification cylinders are now requalified by:
- Volumetric Test every 10 years
- Proof Test every 10 years
- External Visual Examination every 5 years
Section 180.213(c) of 49CFR
(c) Requalification marking method. The depth of requalification markings may not be greater than specified in the applicable specification. The markings must be made by stamping, engraving, scribing, or applying a label embedded in epoxy that will remain legible and durable throughout the life of the cylinder, or by other methods that produce a legible, durable mark.
Previously the use of labels to mark the re-qualification information on a cylinder was only permitted on Composite cylinders and fire extinguishers. This rule change now allows labels to be used on all cylinders except the 3HT cylinder which specifically states you must use Low Stress stamps.
|Posted on November 18, 2016 at 5:15 PM||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 utilizing the ERG’s.
|Posted on September 12, 2016 at 12:20 AM||comments (0)|
If you’re a first responder, or involved with Hazardous Materials in any way, you should be familiar with the Emergency Response Guidebook (also known as the ERG or Orange Book). The 2016 edition was released this year with some significant from the previous 2012 version. The current changes are:
-The addition of a flow chart the describes “How to use the Guidebook”
-A area has been included for local emergency response numbers to be written in.
-A section has been added for the Global Harmonization System (GHS) of classification and labeling of chemicals.
-Addition of all new dangerous goods listed in the UN Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods up to the 19th revised edition.
-In the table of initial isolation and protective action distances (Green Pages) there is the addition to table 3 of “Estimating wind speed from environmental clues”.
These changes definitely improve the ERG and make initial responses actions safer. I highly recommend any user of this manual pick up the latest copy and flip through it for familiarization or review.
|Posted on September 8, 2016 at 11:50 PM||comments (7)|
If you are a facility that hydrotests compressed gas cylinders, you need to read this. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), is proposing to amend CFR Title49, section 180. This is the section that pertains to cylinder re-qualification.
A petition from the Compressed Gas Association (CGA) and others to incorporate the Pamphlet C-1 into the regulations is being considered and recommended by the PHMSA. If this happens, this regulatory change will adversely effect the safety of this industry and add an unnecessary monetary burden to all DOT licensed facilities.
What Does The Inclusion of The C-1 Pamphlet Mean To DOT Licensed Cylinder Re-Qualifiers ???
At a Minimum:
• New expansion indicating (EID) components
• Additional pressure gauges (PID)
• Additional calibrated cylinders
• New test record forms or software
• Training to understand these new regs.
• Mobile re-test facilities ( fire extinguisher mobile shop) will be limited to a 100 mile radius.
WHAT EVERY DOT RE-TEST FACILITY NEEDS TO DO !!!
• Comments close on September 26th, 2016.
• All cylinder retest facilities need to read the Proposed Regulations.
• Please Make Comments - This Is Your Business !!
• Whether you agree with PHMSA or not, you need to make your opinion known. See Federal Register, Page 48978 for how and where to make comments.
• This is Your Business - Do Not Let Proposed Regulations Get Passed Without Your Input.
A link to the Federal Register is: http://www.hydro-test.com/Federal%20Register%202016-16689%20.pdf
A link to a good summary by Hydrotest Products can be found here: http://www.hydro-test.com/Comments%20Docket%20No.%20PHMSA-2011-0141.pdf
|Posted on August 25, 2016 at 4:30 PM||comments (0)|
As some people may have heard, there is the report of the rupture of a recreational SCUBA cylinder in Sidney, Australia this week. Preliminary reports are that the cylinder was being filled at a recreational dive shop, and one individual was injured. Contrary to the assumptions and speculations that are circulating on online forums, as of now, no official report or findings have been published in reference to the type of cylinder, and cause of the rupture. If the reports of the injury are factual, our hearts go out to the individual who was injured and wish him/her a speedy recovery. More information will be posted as it comes available.