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 when undetected hydrocarbons back-flowed through piping from the FCC unit to the ESP causing it to ignite. Despite the fact that the FCC unit was shut down for planned maintenance, it was not sufficiently disconnected f

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 increased benefits to both employees and employers. Employees will have increased precautions in their workplace that will prevent serious work related injuries. This rule has also been expanded to cover all general industry wo

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. The event which began at 12:00 Noon was spread across the mid-90 degree Fahrenheit afternoon, creating an atmosphere that mirrored the 2007 PGA Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma where the high temperature hit 102, as Tige

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