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In addition to these formal meetings, the Alliance coordinators from the groups maintained regular contact throughout the reporting period to monitor the Alliance’s progress and results.
Chemical Reactivity Hazards: Laboratory and Pilot Scale Recognition and Control Workshop
Through the Alliance, OSHA and Process Safety Alliance members developed the workshop to provide participants with the knowledge and skill to screen processes for potential hazards, recognize when reactive hazards are present, and implement appropriate controls to reduce the risk of an incident associated with chemical reactivity hazards in laboratories and pilot plants. The workshop draws heavily on the Managing Chemical Reactivity Hazards: A Workshop for Non-Chemists workshop, which was developed by CCPS for the OSHA and Chemical Reactivity Hazards Management Alliance.
Deliver or arrange for the delivery of process safety courses. During the reporting period, the OSHA and Process Safety Alliance Implementation Team have not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.
Outreach and Communication Goals
Process Safety and OSHA Alliance Web page
CCPS is continuing to update the Process Safety and OSHA Alliance Web page that is posted on the CCPS Web site. The Web page has links to resources that are under development as products of the OSHA and Process Safety Alliance.
OSHA and Process Safety Alliance Web page
OSHA is continuing to update the OSHA and Process Safety Alliance Web page that is posted on the OSHA Web site. The page includes the OSHA and Process Safety Alliance agreement, news releases, and information on activities and events.
OSHA Safety and Health Topic Pages
Representatives from Dow, CCPS, CI, EPA, and the American Chemical Society serve on the editorial boards of the following OSHA Safety and Health Topics pages, providing OSHA with their expertise and technical review:
Print and Electronic Media
Articles about the OSHA and Process Safety Alliance and OSHA’s compliance assistance resources have appeared in SOCMA’s ChemStewards, and NPRA’s The Green Room Report enewsletter. For more information on the articles, please see the Alliance Program Reach table.
CCPS Technical Steering Committee Web Conference, June 24, 2008, New York City, New York
On June 24, 2008, Lisa Long, Chemical Engineer, Office of General Industry Enforcement, Directorate of Enforcement Programs, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation entitled, “OSHA Update: Proposed National Emphasis Program (NEP) on Petroleum Refining, Chemical Industry, and Combustible Dust” to 30 attendees during the Web conference.
American Institute of Chemical Engineers Fourth Global Congress on Process Safety, April 7-9, 2008, New Orleans, Louisiana
On April 7, 2008, Mark R. Briggs, Area Director, Region VI, Houston South, Texas Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, gave the keynote presentation to 400 attendees at the conference.
“Best Practice Guide: Preventing Process Incidents Caused by Vehicular Impact”
The OSHA and Process Safety Alliance Implementation Team began developing “Best Practice Guide: Preventing Process Incidents Caused by Vehicular Impact,” the best practice guide provides information on protecting chemical processing equipment from vehicular impact.
“Best Practice Guide: Remote Isolation of Process Equipment”
The OSHA and Process Safety Alliance Implementation Team began developing “Best Practice Guide: Remote Isolation of Process Equipment,” the guide provides information on remotely isolating process equipment that contains hazardous chemicals when there has been a loss of containment.
SOCMA “Combustible Dust 2” Webinar, November 20, 2008
On November 20, 2008, Guy R. Colonna, P.E., Assistant Vice President, Fire Protection Applications and Chemical Engineering, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a signatory of the OSHA and Safe Tank Alliance, gave a presentation on NFPA standards that deal with dust collection methods, explosion issues, and controlling dust build-up, and Dr. Vahid Ebadat, Chilworth Laboratories, gave a presentation on combustible dust assessment, conditions in which dust explosions can occur and ventilation methods to prevent dust build-up to 51 attendees during the Webinar
SOCMA “Combustible Dust” Webinar, July 31, 2008
On July 31, 2008, Harry White, Personal Safety Technology Leader, The Dow Chemical Company, gave a presentation on combustible dust best practices from an industry perspective, and Sanji Kanth, Safety Engineer, Office of General Industry Enforcement, Directorate of Enforcement Programs, USDOL-OSHA, gave a presentation on OSHA regulatory and enforcement activies to 91 attendees during the Webinar.
During the reporting period, the OSHA and Process Safety Alliance Implementation Team have not started work on programs or projects to address this goal.
National Dialogue on Workplace Safety and Health Goal
2008 Drug-Free Work Week, October 20-26, 2008
SOCMA joined with a number of other Alliance Program participants to support 2008 Drug-Free Work Week. Drug-Free Work Week is sponsored annually by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Working Partners for an Alcohol- and Drug-Free Workplace Program, the week focuses on educating employers, employees, and the public about the importance of being drug-free as an essential component of a safe and healthful workplace.
2008 North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week, May 4-10, 2008, Washington, DC
SOCMA and CCPS joined with more than 50 other Alliance Program participants to support 2008 NAOSH Week. NAOSH Week, sponsored by the American Society of Safety Engineers, an Alliance Program participant, focuses on increasing the understanding of the positive benefits of investing in occupational safety, health and environmental programs among employers, employees and the public; raising awareness of the role and contribution of safety, health and environmental professionals; and reducing workplace injuries and illness by encouraging new safety and health activities at all companies and organizations.
Through the Alliance Program, OSHA and the Process Safety Alliance organizations are working together to help prevent catastrophic explosions, fires, and toxic releases. In addition, the Alliance is focusing on developing training resources for the field of process safety to include chemical reactivity hazards. The positive relationship that the Process Safety Alliance members have developed over the last year has led to the development of the many programs and projects that the team is currently working on or has produced.
For example, Process Safety Alliance members conducted the Chemical Reactivity Hazards: Laboratory and Pilot Scale Recognition and Control workshop, which provides participants with the knowledge and skill to screen processes for potential hazards, recognize when reactive hazards are present, and control measures that they could implement to reduce the risk of an incident associated with chemical reactivity hazards in laboratories and pilot plants.
As part of their outreach efforts, SOCMA worked with OSHA to conduct two Webinars on combustible dust. In addition, Process Safety Alliance representatives are sharing their expertise with OSHA through participation on the editorial boards for the following Safety and Health Topics pages:
Finally, Process Safety Alliance members and a number of Alliance Program participants supported 2008 NAOSH Week, May 4-10.
In the upcoming year, the OSHA and Process Safety Alliance Implementation Team will continue to work together to develop training resources in the field of process safety to include the management of chemical reactivity hazards and to help prevent catastrophic explosions, fires, and toxic releases. For example, through the Alliance, OSHA and Process Safety will finalize the following best practice guides:
As part of the Alliance’s outreach efforts, Process Safety representatives will be joining with other Alliance Program participants to support 2009 North American Occupational Safety and Health Week, May 3-9, 2009. Process Safety representatives also will continue to provide OSHA their expertise in serving on the editorial boards of the Chemical Reactivity and Process Safety Management Safety and Health Topics page.
Report prepared by: Tony Mapes, Safety and Occupational Health Specialist, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, March 13, 2009