Ammonia safety resources abound, but does your company have a plan for training employees in ammonia safety? Recently, members of the IARW Safety Committee had a discussion in the GCCA Community about how their companies manage ammonia safety training and awareness. Ken Hudson, Director Environmental Health & Safety of Lineage Logistics, said that ammonia safety Training and Awareness is communicated in several ways throughout his company, including new hire safety orientation, Bi-Annual Emergency Evacuation and Shelter In-Place Drills, and Process Safety Management Training Program Training.
"All of the training programs we utilize have been developed in-house using current information from various publications and organizations, including the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration, Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association, and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration." IARW and GCCA also offer a number of ammonia safety resources through the GCCA-OSHA Alliance. However your company develops ammonia safety training, it's important that it be done regularly. "OSHA requires refresher training 'at least' every 3 years for PSM-covered chemicals over the threshold quantity," said Gayle Nicoll, a Senior Scientist with AECOM. "They do not, however, require a specific educational platform: traditional classroom training, hands-on training, and e-Learning are all acceptable, for example." More