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August 2021 Newsletter

Written by John Robillard

August 5, 2021

Training Grant Opportunities

Are you aware of the numerous training grant opportunities that are available from the local, state, and federal government? HCG has guided organizations through the application process, and our clients have received anywhere from $25,000 to $200,000 in funding.

Contact HCG for this opportunity to train your workforce and improve employee safety and morale through these generous grant fund opportunities!

Come visit our booth at these upcoming events

OSHA VPPPA Safety + Symposium
August 31 – September 2, 2021
Nashville, Tennessee

10 workshop blocks with the choice of over 60 quality topics, each presented by top EHS professionals, federal and state OSHA representatives, and fellow VPP participants, as well as an exhibit hall full of tried and trusted vendors
 
NSC Safety Congress and Expo
October 8-14, 2021
Orlando, Florida

Thousands of professionals and exhibiting companies from around the world Explore the latest safety innovations and solutions driving our industry to save lives, from the workplace to anyplace

EHS Survey – Enter to Win

HCG is looking for your participation in a brief survey about your EHS training program needs. If you complete the survey, you will be entered to win a $100 gift certificate! Just follow the link below and answer all the questions to be entered to win! You can also use your camera and scan the QR code below to enter.

Ammonia Refrigeration System Maintenance, Inspection, and Testing

To effectively operate and maintain an Ammonia Refrigeration System, a Mechanical Integrity Program is a critical component for the safe operation of the system and the safety of all personnel working in and around the system, as well as the general public. ANSI / IIAR 6-2019 (Standard for Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Closed-Circuit Ammonia Refrigeration Systems) was adopted, and IIAR-6 shall ensure that an Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance Program is developed by the owner to reduce the probability of an ammonia release.
 
The adoption of IIAR-6 has replaced Bulletin 109 (Guidelines for IIAR Minimum Safety Criteria for a Safe Ammonia Refrigeration System) and Bulletin 110 (Guidelines for Start-up, Inspection, and Maintenance of Ammonia Refrigeration Systems).
 
Regardless of the size of the system IIAR-6 lays out the minimum requirements and intervals for Maintenance tasks, Inspections and Tests to be performed on each system component. The frequencies of tasks range from daily to weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, annual, biennial, 3-, 5- and 10-year intervals.
 
Equipment inspections shall be performed by a qualified inspector(s). Every fifth (5th) year, at a minimum, the annual inspections shall be conducted by a qualified inspector who shall not be influenced by the facility’s record-keeping, operations, maintenance, or management. The person shall not present a conflict of interest and shall report instances of deficiencies.
 
With Mechanical Integrity being one the most frequently cited PSM elements by OSHA and EPA, it is crucial that facilities develop and ensure the Maintenance, Inspections, and Testing of their Ammonia Refrigeration System is being performed on a timely basis.

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