Process Safety Management System Issues Lead to an Explosion
On May 3, 2017 the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released its final report into the 2015 explosion that occurred at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, California within the facility’s electrostatic precipitator (ESP). An ESP is a pollution control device that removes particles from a gas stream using an induced electrostatic charge from charged plates. The refinery used the ESP in their fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) unit to remove catalyst particles. The accident was caused
OSHA to Update Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection Standards
On January 17, the Final Rule to update OSHA’s Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Standards took effect. Walking-Working Surfaces (falls on a working surface) and falls from heights regularly lead to many serious work related injuries. This rule updates and clarifies these standards, while increasing training and inspection requirements. It is expected that these updates will prevent numerous fatalities and other work related injuries. This rule has increas
Charitable Golf Outing
On Tuesday June 13, 2017, Brian Long of Baron Environmental participated in the Somerville High School Athletic Hall of Fame 16th Annual Frank 'Nap' Torpey Golf Tournament at Neshanic Valley Golf Course. A special thanks should be noted to Tom Brown of Pace Environmental, who hosted the foursome, as well as Corey Hannahoe of Contec Systems and Phil Kuhl who completed the foursome. All proceeds from the event go toward scholarships for Somerville High School scholar athletes.