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RETA 2020 National Conference, Orlando, FL

October 26, 2020

The Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association (RETA) will host its 2020 National Conference at the Caribe Royale Orlando in Orlando, Florida, on October 26-29, 2020.

The annual RETA National Conference offers four days of hands-on training, workshops, technical presentations, and opportunities to mingle with RETA exhibitors and sponsors. This educational conference offers professional development hours (PDH) for RETA certified attendees.

SCS Tracer, a specialty group of SCS Engineers, will again be a sponsor of the conference. SCS Tracer professionals will be available at our booth to answer your questions related to compliance with Process Safety Management/Risk Management Program (PSM/RMP), and the services we offer to ammonia refrigerated and manufacturing facilities.

 

 

Posted by Laura Dorn at 8:00 am
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PSM/RMP, training, safety, audits, and more in the SCS Tracer library – Open 24/7

January 20, 2020

Do Tracer Environmental professionals ever slow down? The SCS Tracer professionals at SCS Engineers were busy publishing new articles last month in addition to Operator Training. We’ve compiled several of them along with the most popular in our SCS library for your convenience. Select a title and start reading. Enjoy!

How to Properly Complete an IIAR 6 System Safety Inspection Checklist Form?  When filling out the ANSI/IIAR 6-2019 Ammonia Refrigeration Safety Inspection Checklists, located in appendix B, some of the information required may not always be readily accessible. This comprehensive article takes readers step-by-step through the process.

Epic Fails, Part Deux    Failures that come together, form a picture. The author discusses how we can begin to learn from these Epic Fails and start to take steps to prevent them in our plants.

Ammonia Pipe and Equipment Labeling – Part I   Recognized and Generally Accepted Good Engineering Practices (RAGEGEP), an overview of many of the standards and guidelines that are relevant to the ammonia refrigeration system labeling, and guidance on how to apply them.

Ammonia Pipe and Equipment Labeling – Part II    Options facilities have when choosing their RAGAGEP for pipe and equipment labeling.

It’s All in Your Past, RETA Breeze    Investing in the knowledge and development of your personnel is the first step towards making your management system world-class in the safe operation and maintenance of your ammonia refrigeration system.

Employee Training Under PSM/RMP   FAQs about designing a training program that is part of your facility’s PSM and RMP programs and provides a defensible position during inspections while ensuring that your facility operators and maintainers perform their jobs safely.

Mechanical Integrity, Documentation Discrepancies    Checks, and verification prevent big problems.

Managing Organizational Change: How it Impacts Your Ammonia Refrigeration System During periods of organizational change, we must keep in mind the potential impacts on our facility’s PSM/RMP or ARM programs, and on the operation of the ammonia refrigeration system itself.

PSM/RMP Compliance Audits: Who Should Perform Them?   What to look for in an auditor for hire? For starters, more than a consultant familiar with PSM/RMP regulations.

Management of Change: Have We Captured All of the Impacts of a Change?   It is vital to ask as many questions as possible regarding equipment changes under consideration. With more information, you may find that the proposed changes could impact safety.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:01 am
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Employee Training Under PSM/RMP – Tackle It

July 10, 2019

Bill Lape discusses the most frequently asked questions about designing a training program that is part of your facility’s PSM and RMP programs and provides a defensible position during inspections while ensuring that your facility operators and maintainers perform their jobs safely.

  • Who is covered under the PSM and RMP regulations for training?
  • What training do they need?
  • How often do they have to be trained?
  • How can this training be conducted?
  • How do I evaluate their understanding of the material?

Bill tackles all your questions in this article.  Set-PSM-RMP-Hut-Hut

 

 

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:03 am
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PSM, RMP, ARM Planning for 2019

January 28, 2019

Reflection, as a means of self-evaluation of the robustness of your refrigeration management system, is critical to the continuing success of your program.

Proper planning is another vital element of your program. Together, they will help ensure the continuing safety of you, your employees, and the public.

Bill Lape, a Certified Industrial Refrigeration Operator and a member of the National
Board of Directors of RETA is a Project Director for SCS Engineers.  In his most recent article,  Bill provides advice to use January and early February as a time of reflection and a planning period. We need to look closely at our ammonia refrigeration management programs, be they Process Safety Management (PSM) / Risk Management Plan (RMP) or Ammonia Refrigeration Management (ARM) for facilities with less than 10,000 pounds of
ammonia in their process.

Click to read the article, and thank you for interest in maintaining safety standards.

Process Safety Management,  Risk Managment Plans, Ammonia Refrigeration Management information.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am
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SCS Welcomes Process Safety Management and Risk Management Program Project Director William Lape

July 10, 2018

SCS Engineers recently added ammonia refrigeration Process Safety Management and Risk Management Program (PSM/RMP) Project Director William Lape to their professional team working with industrial clients. Mr. Lape joins the SCS Tracer Environmental team in the firm’s Minneapolis–St. Paul, Minnesota office.

Lape brings his expertise and established reputation as a plant engineering manager, senior environmental health and safety manager, and as the director of environmental health and safety – Process Safety, at Dean Foods (NYSE: DF). Dean Foods is a multi-billion dollar American food and beverage company, and the largest dairy company in the United States.

Ammonia refrigeration is a well-proven and effective refrigerant. It does require special programs and safety precautions called PSM/RMP. Lape’s education, expertise, and experience qualify him for the SCS team who hold safety and efficiency paramount. His experience includes senior positions in the food processing industry, direct management of facility operations and environmental compliance programs. Lape will support SCS clients with refrigeration and food industry changes and energy conservation initiatives while helping to keep their employees and facilities safe from potential toxicity and flammability events.

Lape is also a regulatory lobbyist for the Ammonia Refrigeration industry and is expert in developing and conducting technical and safety training classes. His process safety expertise includes Management of Change, Mechanical Integrity, Compliance Auditing, Process Hazard Analysis facilitation, and writing Operating Procedures. His experience also includes: developing release scenarios and preparing RMP submissions; operating and maintaining large industrial ammonia refrigeration systems; project management with scope and specification generation, cost estimating, scheduling, project oversight and commissioning.

He is formally educated and degreed from Purdue University, an active member in the Refrigerating Engineers and Technicians Association (RETA), sitting on their Board of Directors, and in the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR) on both the Code and Standards Committees. He has multiple RETA and IIAR certifications; is CVI Certified for U.S Dept. of Homeland Security CFATS, and trained in RCRA & DOT Hazardous Materials Reporting.

“Bill is supporting SCS’s rapid growth in the Upper Midwest and Central U.S. industrial operations by providing increased safety and efficiencies to our private and government clients,” stated Thomas Rappolt, a vice president at SCS Engineers, and office director of SCS Tracer Environmental. “Our customers in the region and nationally will benefit from his valuable expertise managing the staff and protocol for safe and efficient multi-facility and multi-disciplinary facility needs.”

Welcome to SCS Engineers!

 

 

 

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:00 am
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What is an Energy Balance and Why Should I Care?

December 18, 2017

Using a simple example the authors make apparent the importance of understanding a refrigeration system’s actual performance. An energy balance is a very useful tool to do so.

Not only do PSM regulations require that facilities have this in your PSM program, there is real value in understanding a system’s capacities. Operation and efficiency translates to substantial dollar savings every year. Savings that can be reinvested in your facility.

Calculating the total consequences of an unbalance system is more complex, but there are considerable savings running a properly energy balanced refrigeration system. Savings that can fund maintenance needs and avoid postponing timely repairs.

This white paper, presented at the RETA 2017 Conference in Pennsylvania is available in English and Spanish by clicking here.

 

Learn more about environmental and engineering services for Process Safety Management (PSM), Risk Management Plans (RMP), and ammonia refrigeration safety at SCS Engineers.

 

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:03 am
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Answer: In the refrigerator

September 19, 2017

Jeopardy question: What is the best way to thaw frozen chocolate?

Chocolate enthusiasts know this and will learn much more at the RETA 2017 National Conference in, where else, Hershey, PA.

The 2017 conference is offering attendees a truly robust program full of a variety of topics, including Technical Sessions in the areas of Compliance, Engineering, Manufacturing & Operations. Hands-On sessions will also be available, as well as Manufacturer Specific Sessions.

SCS Tracer will be welcoming attendees at booth 610, sponsoring Refrigeration Jeopardy, while providing advice and help as they always have. Play Crack the Code and win prizes during the conference. Visit the booth and SCS  sessions for hints.

  • Monday & Tuesday – Gene Dumas is teaching the CARO Review Course 
  • Tuesday – Juan Parra is teaching two Spanish Sessions: Que es un Balance de Energia y por que Me Debe Importar? + Reto de Operador!
  • Wednesday – Mark Carlyle is presenting Do I have Enough of the Right Training
    • Hot Point Session: SCS Tracer Environmental
    • Andrew Fiala is presenting What is an Energy Balance and Why Should I Care?
  • Fun and Games on Friday, September 29 at 10:30 am SCS is hosting Operator & Management Jeopardy + Engineering & Compliance Jeopardy hosted by Amber Dittrick and Daniel Cuevas with Final Jeopardy happening at 11:30.

 

Details here

SCS Tracer Services here

 

 

Posted by Diane Samuels at 6:03 am
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Not Just a RETA Breeze – SCS’s Lee Pyle Makes PSM – RMP an Easy Breeze

December 20, 2016

As the weather cools it reminds us that Lee Pyle has compiled a series of great articles for the RETA Breeze this year. There’s still another coming soon, but here’s a review of what she’s published in 2016 to date. What else would you expect from the woman who brings ice sculptures to life in Nevada?

Click the links to take you to the article or to share it with others.

The Process Hazard Analysis Study and “Previous Incidents”, RETA Breeze, Jan-Feb 2016

Risk Management Planning – Get Involved!, RETA Breeze, Mar-Apr. 2016

Mechanical Integrity – 40 CFR 68.73 & OSHA 1910.119(j), RETA Breeze, May-Jun 2016

Incorporating RAGAGEP Into Your PSM – RMP, RETA Breeze, Jul-Aug 2016

PSM / RMP Compliance – DHS CSAT 2.0, RETA Breeze, Sep-Oct 2016 Issue

Thanks, Lee!

Posted by Diane Samuels at 3:00 am
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Interview with the EPA, Part 3 of 3, PSM – RMP Compliance

October 20, 2015

This is the third and final article in a series of our interview with representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Mary Wesling and Robert Lucas, both of whom have extensive experience with Risk Management Plan – RMP implementation and enforcement. The interview continues the  discussion of recognized and generally accepted good engineering practices – RAGAGEPs, Process Safety Management – PSM, and EPA resources for help.

Jake Tilley is part of the SCS Tracer Environmental team of RETA certified professionals who work with clients in food service and industrial food and beverage processing.

Click here to read the article.

 

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