April 2010

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: Hot work is dangerous business

Performing hot work activities on tanks is dangerous business that should involve the utmost in safety considerations. The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) is particularly conce..

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Performing hot work activities on tanks is dangerous business that should involve the utmost in safety considerations. The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) is particularly concerned about hot work because, since 1990, it has identified over 60 fatalities in the US due to explosions and fires from such activity. The CSB recently put out a safety bulletin that highlights seven key lessons found to be applicable to most hot work incidents. The bulletin advocates for effective hazard assessment and proper monitoring of potentially flammable air concentrations in work areas. Alternatives to hot work should be considered if at all possible. Thorough hazard assessment is cru

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