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4 New training courses and technical briefings

Publish Date: 2023-02-24
Category: Primatech News

We are excited to announce new training courses and technical briefings on process safety aimed at enhancing your skills and knowledge in this critical field. Our comprehensive programs are designed to help you and your organization build a safer and more efficient workplace.

Facilitating Brainstorming and Creative Thinking in PHA Studies
Using Risk Matrices Correctly in Process Safety
Use of Data Analytics in PHA
Preparing and Submitting an EPA Risk Management Plan

Primatech Exhibiting at 2023 AIChE Spring Meeting and 19th Global Congress on Process Safety

Publish Date: 2023-01-31
Category: Primatech News

Primatech is exhibiting at this year’s GCPS, March 12-16, 2023. Be sure to visit us at booth 100 and talk with our staff members Steven Baybutt, Shawn Metzler, and Kim Carnahan to discuss how Primatech's consulting, software, training, and certifications can assist in meeting your organization's process safety needs.

The Primatech booth will feature live demos of our leading software, PHAWorks RA Edition (with Bow Tie and Data Analytics features) and our entry-level software, PHAWorks Lite.

Information about our comprehensive training courses, consulting services, and technical certifications will be available. Primatech team members will be on hand to discuss the details of our courses, services, and certifications and answer any questions you may have.

Finally, don’t forget to stop by the booth to see what exciting give-away we will be handing out to a lucky winner this year!

For more details on Primatech at GCPS, click here.

CSB Releases Update into 2021 Fatal Explosion and Fire at Yenkin-Majestic

Publish Date: 2022-12-15
Category: Industry News

The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB released an update into its ongoing investigation of the April 8, 2021, incident at the Yenkin-Majestic OPC Polymers resin plant in Columbus, OH. The update provides a detailed incident description, background information on the facility and production as well as a history of the equipment. The large explosion and fire led to one fatality and injured eight additional employees.

You can read the full investigation here.

Free PHAWorks Webinar for New Users Upgrading from PHAWorks 5

Publish Date: 2022-12-09
Category: Primatech News

Upgrade from PHAWorks 5 to either new version of PHAWorks by December 31, 2022 and attend a new users webinar for free to help you get started. There will one webinar for PHAWorks Lite and one for PHAWorks RA Edition, both to be scheduled for mid-January 2023. Contact Shawn Metzler at srm@primatech.com.

"Ignore Warnings: Explosions in St Louis" New Video from CSB

Publish Date: 2022-12-09
Category: Industry News

On December 7, 2022, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a new safety video regarding the fatal explosion in St Louis, Missouri at the Loy-Lange Box Company back in April of 2017. The explosion launched a pressure vessel into the nearby building causing the fatal injury of one worker and three members of the public.

The safety video can be viewed on CSB’s website.

Action Plan for Chemical Cybersecurity

Publish Date: 2022-11-01
Category: Industry News

On October 26, 2022, the White House launched a 100-day sprint to assess cybersecurity in the chemical sector under an ongoing initiative to secure Industrial Control Systems (ICSs) across key sectors of US critical infrastructure. The effort will be led by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in cooperation with the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the National Security Council (NSC).

The effort is an expansion to the chemical sector of the existing ICS cybersecurity initiative that has addressed ICS security for the pipeline, electric, and water sectors. The Chemical Action Plan will serve as a roadmap to guide the sector’s assessment of their current cybersecurity practices building on lessons learned and best practices from the previously launched action plans for the pipeline, electric, and water sectors.

CSB Releases Video of Fire, Explosions, and Hydrofluoric Acid Release at Philadelphia Energy Solutions

Publish Date: 2022-10-27
Category: Industry News

On October 27, 2022, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board released a safety video addressing the fire, explosions, and toxic hydrofluoric acid (HF) release that occurred at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on June 21, 2019.

CSB Releases Final Report into 2019 Fire and Explosion at Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refinery

Publish Date: 2022-10-12
Category: Industry News

On October 11, 2022, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) released its final investigative report into an accident at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refinery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that occurred in June 2019.

As a result, the CSB is making recommendations for:

The American Petroleum Institute (API) to update its standard on Safe Operation of Hydrofluoric Acid Alkylation Units to require installation of remotely operated emergency isolation valves on the inlets and outlets of all hydrofluoric acid containing vessels, and any hydrocarbon containing vessels meeting defined threshold quantities.

API to update its standard on Safe Operation of Hydrofluoric Acid Alkylation Units to require that critical safeguards and associated control system components be protected from fire and explosion hazards, including radiant heat and flying projectiles.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to require petroleum refineries to conduct a safer technology and alternatives analysis (STAA) as part of their Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) under EPA's RMP rule, and evaluate the practicability of any inherently safer technology.

EPA to initiate prioritization under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to evaluate whether hydrofluoric acid is a high priority substance for risk evaluation, and if it is, conduct a TSCA risk evaluation of HF and implement any identified risk mitigation requirements.

For more information, click here.

2023 Training schedule released

Publish Date: 2022-10-06
Category: Primatech News

Get a head start on your 2023 process safety training plan. Primatech offers over 30 training courses and tutorials on process safety, security and risk management topics. Many of our face-to-face courses are offered through open enrollment around the world. Primatech also offers several courses and tutorials available through live streaming.

CSB Releases Updates on Four Ongoing Investigations of Chemical Incidents in Texas, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Georgia

Publish Date: 2022-10-03
Category: Industry News

On October 3, 2022, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) released updates on four of the Agency's current chemical incident investigations to provide important factual information about the CSB's work on them.

The four investigations addressed by the updates are:

  • Fatal Propylene Release and Explosion at Watson Grinding and Manufacturing in Houston, Texas

The January 24, 2020, explosion fatally injured two employees and seriously injured two others. The event damaged hundreds of nearby homes, businesses and other structures. The explosion was fueled by propylene that had inadvertently been released inside an enclosed space. 

  • Hydrogen Chloride Release at Wacker Polysilicon, LLC in Charleston, Tennessee

The November 13, 2020, incident involved a heat exchanger that cracked and released hydrogen chloride at the facility during maintenance activities. The release caused chemical burns to one contract worker. Another contract worker was injured fatally, and two others were injured seriously when they fell from an elevated structure while attempting to escape the release.

  • Fatal Double Cone Dryer Explosion and Fire at Optima Belle LLC in Belle, West Virginia

The December 8, 2020, incident, which involved dehydration of a chlorinated isocyanurate compound, resulted in one fatality. The CSB's update includes extensive background on the process taking place at the facility and  the events leading up to the explosion and fire.

  • Fatal Liquid Nitrogen Release at Foundation Food Group in Gainesville, Georgia

On January 28, 2021, liquid nitrogen was released from a freezer at the chicken processing facility resulting in the fatal injuries of six employees and the serious injury of three employees and one emergency responder. The CSB's update provides an incident description, diagrams of the facility, and details about the installation of liquid nitration and operational issues.

Links to the updates can be found here.