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Connect with Primatech at GCPS 2020 in Houston

Publish Date: 2020-02-10
Category: Primatech News

Primatech is exhibiting at the GCPS, March 29-April 2, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Be sure to visit our booth (#200) during exhibit hours at the Hilton Americas and George R. Brown Convention Center. Staff members Steven Baybutt, Tamara Moorman, Shawn Metzler, Kim Carnahan, Steve Funk, and Josh Pridon will be available to discuss how Primatech's consulting, training, and software solutions, and Primacert’s certifications can assist in meeting your organization's process safety needs.

You will be able to view and demo our highly rated software products, PHAWorks RA® Edition and PHAWorks® Lite at the Primatech booth. We will be giving away another exciting prize this year, so drop off your business card at our booth for a chance to win!

See additional information about Primatech at this year’s GCPS.

Primatech has published a new white paper on safety benchmarking, How to Benchmark Safety Performance.

Publish Date: 2020-01-22
Category: Primatech News

Primatech has prepared this white paper to to help practitioners gain an understanding of applying benchmarking for the comparison of their own safety processes and performance to others, with the ultimate goal of improving safety.

You may view the white paper by clicking here.

Final Amendments to EPA RMP Rule Announced

Publish Date: 2019-12-10
Category: Industry News

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on November 20, 2019 that Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed the Risk Management Program Reconsideration Final Rule.

An amended version of the Risk Management Program put forward in a final rule published in the Federal Register on January 13, 2017 is now effective. Many of the provisions included in the 2017 amendments have been deleted from the final amendments. The remaining requirements are effective per dates specified by the EPA.

More information can be found at: https://www.epa.gov/rmp/final-risk-management-program-rmp-reconsideration-rule  

Primatech at the CCPS Global Summit on Process Safety

Publish Date: 2019-09-30
Category: Primatech News

Primatech is exhibiting at the 5th CCPS Global Summit on Process Safety, 22-23 October 2019, at Resorts World Sentosa, in Singapore. Visit our booth during the conference to learn more about how Primatech's consulting, training, software and certifications can assist in meeting your organization's process safety needs. 

Our representative, Mr. Shawn Metzler, will be available to answer your questions and present demonstrations of our software, PHAWorks RA Edition and PHAWorks Lite. See how each program allows you to effectively conduct both PHA and LOPA studies together in the same worksheet and learn more about the products’ many features. 

In addition, Primatech has scheduled PHA and LOPA training courses in Singapore in December. You can register now for these courses before 7 October 2019, to get our Early-Bird Discount pricing. For information on the courses, or to register, click here

See additional information about Primatech at this year's CCPS Global Summit.  

Primatech at the 16th International Symposium on Loss Prevention and Safety

Publish Date: 2019-05-09
Category: Primatech News

Primatech is exhibiting at the 16th EFCE International Symposium on Loss Prevention and Safety Promotion in the Process Industries, 16-19 June, in Delft, the Netherlands. Visit our booth during exhibit hours to learn more about how Primatech's consulting, training, software services and products, and certifications can assist in meeting your organization's process safety objectives. Representing Primatech at this year's conference will be Dr. Paul Baybutt, President; Shawn Metzler, Software Business Manager; and Tamara Moorman, Certification Services Manager.

Be sure to attend a presentation by Dr. Baybutt on the topic, "How should cyber-security risk assessment be performed?" on Tuesday, 18 June at 18:15, in the Aula (Auditorium) Room. This presentation is part of Session VI, Physical Security and Cyber Security in Process Plants.

Pick up copies of Primatech's latest technical papers written by Primatech’s president, Dr. Paul Baybutt.

You can also view demonstrations of our software, PHAWorks® RA Edition and PHAWorks Lite at the Primatech booth. See how each program allows you to effectively conduct both PHA and LOPA studies together in the same worksheet.

See additional information about Primatech at this year’s Loss Prevention Symposium.

Deadly Blast Being Investigated at Silicone Plant near Chicago

Publish Date: 2019-05-07
Category: Industry News

An enormous explosion at the AB Specialty Silicones facility in Waukegan, IL on May 3, 2019, resulted in three fatalities, one missing worker, and multiple injuries. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, the Illinois EPA, and local fire officials are investigating, but no cause for the blast has been identified yet. Officials have categorized it as a “massive explosion” affecting at least five other nearby buildings, with damages currently being estimated at more than $1 million. The AB Specialty Silicones Waukegan plant operated 24 hours a day, mixing chemicals and other materials to manufacture specialty silicone chemicals and products.

Primatech Exhibiting at 15th Annual Global Congress on Process Safety (GCPS)

Publish Date: 2019-02-27
Category: Primatech News

Primatech is exhibiting at this year’s GCPS, March 31-April 3, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Be sure to visit our booth (#204) during exhibit hours at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Staff members Steven Baybutt, Shawn Metzler, Kim Carnahan, Angie Davidson, and Steve Funk will be available to discuss how Primatech's software, consulting, training, and certifications can assist in meeting your organization's process safety needs.

You will be able to view and demo our newest software, PHAWorks RA Edition and PHAWorks Lite at the Primatech booth. We’re offering special software discounts – $1,000 Discount for PHAWorks RA Edition; and, $500 Discount for PHAWorks Lite – see Primatech staff at the booth for details.

We will be giving away another exciting prize this year. Be sure to come by the booth and drop off your business card for a chance to win!

See additional information about Primatech at this year's GCPS.

CSB Releases Final Report on Explosions at Pascagoula Gas Plant

Publish Date: 2019-02-20
Category: Industry News

On February 19, 2019, the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) issued its final report on the series of explosions that occurred at the Enterprise Products Gas Plant in Pascagoula, Mississippi, on June 27, 2016. The plant was shut down for nearly six months as a result of the incident.

The CSB concluded that thermal fatigue likely caused a failure of a brazed aluminum heat exchanger (BAHX). Loss of containment in the heat exchanger resulted in the release of a mixture of methane, ethane, propane, and other hydrocarbons. The hydrocarbons ignited, initiating a series of fires and explosions. According to the CSB, process data indicated that the plant’s BAHXs were repeatedly subjected to temperature changes that exceeded industry-recommended practices. This caused the aluminum parts in the heat exchanger to expand and contract disproportionately, which weakened the metal, causing cracks, which led to release of the hydrocarbons.

Based on this incident, and BAHX failures at other facilities, the CSB stated that midstream gas plant operators need a more robust assessment and risk management plan that considers thermal fatigue to help prevent catastrophic failures of BAHXs. The CSB concluded that more realistic and updated guidance is needed to improve the safe use of BAHXs. The CSB is issuing recommendations to the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the GPA Midstream Association to share information related to failure hazards of BAHXs from thermal fatigue. Also, in the area of emergency response, the CSB is recommending a more robust and engaged community alert network that includes social media and the ability to expand opportunities to interact with the community throughout an incident.

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Amendments to the EPA Risk Management Program (RMP) Rule Now Effective

Publish Date: 2019-02-19
Category: Industry News

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on December 3, 2018 that the amendments to the Risk Management Program put forward in a final rule published in the Federal Register on January 13, 2017 are now effective. The effective date of the amendments was delayed three times before a court mandate was issued which made the amendments effective.

The amendments seek to:

  • Improve chemical process safety
  • Assist local emergency authorities in planning for and responding to accidents
  • Improve public awareness of chemical hazards at regulated sources

The amendments require:

  • Emergency response coordination between regulated sources and local emergency organizations
  • Third-party compliance audits in certain situations
  • Enhanced incident investigations
  • Additional PHA safeguard considerations for certain industries
  • Changes to certain data elements submitted in RMPs
  • Increased public availability of chemical hazard information

More information about the amendments to the RMP rule is available at EPA RMP Rule Amendments

For access to the Federal Register announcement, click here.

 

Primatech has published a white paper, Regulatory Requirements for PHA Recommendations

Publish Date: 2018-11-30
Category: Primatech News

Primatech has issued this white paper to help practitioners address recommendations in PHA studies.

You may view the white paper by clicking here.

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