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PHAWorks 5 Expires on June 30

Publish Date: 2020-06-01
Category: Primatech News

PHAWorks 5 is being retired on June 30, 2020. Technical support, including bug fixes and security patches, will not be provided or be available after that date.

PHAWorks 5 is being replaced by PHAWorks RA Edition and the entry-level software, PHAWorks Lite. Both programs allow you to conduct PHA and LOPA studies together in the same worksheet.

Contact Shawn today to upgrade to the new software before support expires on June 30, 2020.

CSB Releases New Guidance Document for Boards of Directors on High Hazard Accident Prevention

Publish Date: 2020-05-26
Category: Industry News

The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a new guidance document on May 14, 2020 entitled, "CSB Best Practice Guidance for Corporate Boards of Directors and Executives in the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry for Major Accident Prevention."

The document addresses the importance of the role of boards of directors and executives in ensuring that there are effective safety management systems in place to properly manage risks, with the goal of preventing major accidents and protecting workers, the public, and the environment.

The guidance document provides twelve specific recommendations including ensuring that a robust safety management system is in place, promoting a strong process safety culture, ensuring that at least one of the company's directors is competent to gather, assess, and communicate important process safety information; and establishing a board champion who initiates discussion at all board meetings and leads process safety oversight and other initiatives on behalf of the board.

Click here to read the document.

Managing the Risks of Producing Hand Sanitizer

Publish Date: 2020-05-07
Category: Primatech News

Primatech was recently contracted to perform a MOC PHA for a company that wants to help alleviate the national shortage of hand sanitizer that is needed to help control the coronavirus. The company plans to change a packaging line to handle isopropyl alcohol, a key but hazardous ingredient in hand sanitizer. Primatech is thrilled to assist the company with the PHA and help in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.

As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, other companies may decide to change their operations to assist with the national response to the pandemic. Companies may need to handle unfamiliar and possibly hazardous materials. While companies will want to move quickly in changing operations, they should not sacrifice safety in doing so. If your company is considering possible changes to your facility, please do not hesitate to reach out to Primatech to see how we may be of assistance in helping you identify new risks at your facility.

Primatech is excited to now offer live-streaming training courses

Publish Date: 2020-04-21
Category: Primatech News

Primatech has made some of our most popular process safety training courses available for live-streaming. Our virtual, instructor-led training courses allow attendees to have an interactive learning experience without the need for travel or gathering in a group. These courses are scheduled for a half day, per day of course delivery, and are also available at a lower cost than our face-to-face training.

Click here for more information

Primatech's Response to COVID-19

Publish Date: 2020-03-27
Category: Primatech News

First and foremost, Primatech’s management team is continually monitoring and responding to the situation and endeavoring to ensure the continued health and safety of our employees and clients.

The pandemic will require modifications to the way America does business. Innovative approaches are needed to address the challenges posed. Process safety projects are vital for the health and safety of workers and the public. In order to continue meeting your process safety needs during this time, Primatech is modifying our services.

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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.

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