Ammonia is widely used as a refrigerant in many industries, including cold storage warehouses, petrochemical facilities, dairy and ice cream plants and many other food processing facilities. Due to the potential for catastrophic injuries and even death as a result of the accidental release of ammonia, it is important for those operating and maintaining ammonia refrigeration systems to know how to identify and control such hazards. RECCO has been in the commercial and industrial refrigeration business since 1969. Their highly trained technicians and engineers are well versed in the guidelines for ammonia refrigeration safety and stay up-to-date by always knowing the facts.
Ammonia is a toxic gas under certain conditions and must always be handled under strict guidelines that protect the personal safety of all employees. While not flammable on its own, when mixed with certain concentrations of air it can be explosive. Ammonia also contaminates food, which is a major issue for industrial refrigeration systems in food, beverage and pharmaceutical facilities. It’s also deadly with concentrated and prolonged exposure.
All ammonia refrigeration systems containing 10,000 pounds or more of ammonia refrigerant are required to comply with OSHA’s Process Safety Management (PSM) of Highly Hazardous Chemicals guidelines and the EPA’s Risk Management Program (RMP) for Chemical Accidental Release Prevention. These standards assure safe and healthful workplaces and the protection of workers and the public from the accidental release of highly hazardous chemicals. Proper coordination and integration of the requirements of both OSHA and EPA can be complex and confusing. However, RECCO has the highly-trained team that can help you implement a complete and effective PSM or RMP program, ensuring compliance with both the EPA and OSHA requirements.
For facilities not subject to the PSM or RMP requirements, RECCO highly recommends the implementation of a voluntary Ammonia Risk Management Program (ARM) in accordance with the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR) guidelines. RECCO will assist you with developing an ARM compliant with those guidelines.
PSM and RMP:
Ammonia Refrigeration systems containing 10,000 pounds or more of ammonia must comply with OSHA’s Process Safety Management (PSM) of Highly Hazardous Chemicals guidelines and the EPA’s Risk Management Program (RMP) for Chemical Accidental Release Prevention. These standards are designed to assure safe workplaces, protecting work environments as well as the public from accidental release of hazardous chemicals.
Proper coordination and integration of the requirements of both OSHA and EPA can be complex. LetRECCO’s experienced and educated team help you implement a complete and effective PSM or RMP program, ensuring your compliance with both EPA and OSHA requirements.
Some facilities fall below the PSM or RMP threshold requirements. A voluntary Ammonia Risk Management (ARM) Program developed to meet the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR) guidelines is strongly encouraged. RECCO will assist you with developing an ARM compliant with those guidelines.
MA527 CMR Section 33:
Facilities in Massachusetts must comply with the requirements of MA 527CMR S.33 which applies to facilities with processes in a vessel greater than 300 gallons, or the equivalent of approximately 1500 pounds of ammonia refrigerant. If your facility falls below the OSHA and EPA threshold limit of 10,000 of ammonia refrigerant, but contains a vessel with a capacity of 300 gallons or more, you must have a safety plan compliant with MA527 CMR S.33. RECCO will assist you with developing a MA527 CMR S.33 compliant plan.
RECCO can calculate your refrigerant charge to determine if you will need a PSM and RMP plan or if you will need an ARM plan.
With all the regulations and safety guidelines regarding ammonia refrigerants, it is vital that your facility know the facts. Contact RECCO today by telephone at 800-990-9423 to put together the best Ammonia Refrigeration and Risk Management Program that works for your facility.
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