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GCCA Sponsors OSHA Training Course

The Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), in collaboration with the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration and the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Industrial Refrigeration Consortium (IRC), is sponsoring a five-week web-based Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training course, which began on Monday, January 9, 2017, to help familiarize participants with the major components that comprise an industrial ammonia refrigeration systems and their principles of operation.

‘Ammonia Refrigeration Systems, Technology, and Safety’ will be taught by IRC instructors and is intended for OSHA inspectors.

Topics covered during the five, two-hour sessions include: an overview of Ammonia refrigeration systems and equipment; machinery room safety procedures; Recognized And Generally Accepted Good Engineering Practices (RAGAGEP) applicable to Ammonia refrigeration systems; IIAR standards and guidelines; refrigeration system failure mechanics; nondestructive examination technologies; and pressure relief protection for engineered safety systems.

By the course’s conclusion, participants will have an understanding of the types of engineered safety systems applied to industrial ammonia refrigeration systems and their principles of operation, a basic understanding of the RAGAGEP that is applicable to industrial ammonia refrigeration systems, and understand the common failure mechanics that can compromise the mechanical integrity of industrial ammonia refrigeration systems.

GCCA members interested in learning more about this training are encouraged to contact Lowell Randel at


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