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Plaas Pointers; Informational Articles
March: ASME Stamping,  May: Preventative Maintenance,  August: Gas Detector Testing,
October: Confined Space Rescue Requirements

March 2014 – ASME & NBIC Stamping

ASME and NBIC Code Stamps

ASME and NBIC Code Stamps

Did you know that a UM stamped vessel without a NB number, that was built per ASME Code, can be repaired per NBIC including a Code Stamping? Moreover, the NBIC is applicable not only to any ASME stamped items, but to any pressure retaining item, whether it was registered with the National Board or not. You may repair an item built to any foreign code (see NBIC Part 3, page 14).  However, the Code Stamping is required for any repair, (except routine repairs, which can be performed without R-stamping), subject to acceptance of the R stamps holder Inspector and Jurisdiction (see NBIC page 88).

The bottom line is: The codes are vast and sometimes hard to navigate and interpret, especially if you’re not performing it on a routine basis. While we have the highest respect for the ASME origination and the value they bring to the industry, we have often joked that ASME stands for Always Sometimes, Maybe Except. If questions arise, and you are uncertain on the best procedure for your origination to take, remember to call your Inspector to receive his prior authorization for the repair as required by NBIC, 1.3.1 (page 15) and you might also need to contact Jurisdiction of the vessel and or the owner-user to verify if they have specific requirements for repairs of pressure vessels. Remember Safety first, Quality second, and Production third.
Stay Safe!
Andrew Boster Project Manager/QC/Safety Plaas Incorporated
May 2014 – Preventative Maintenance

Welding and Fabrication Experts

Preventative Maintenace Experts

Preventative maintenance saves time and money.  Avoiding plant downtime and increasing machine life through preventative maintenance can offer up to 28% savings over reactive maintenance, according to an article from Ethanol Producers Magazine.  Learn more about preventative maintenance and about centrifuge maintenance at Ethanol Plants by clicking on the article link below.
Preventative Maintenance Article Link





August 2014 – Gas Detector Testing


Gas Detector Bump Test

Today’s industries are under tighter scrutiny than ever when it comes to worker safety. Practically every job is regulated by a governing body as to how their job is to be performed in the safest manner possible. In accordance with industry best practices and regulations, the only way to verify that conditions are safe is to use an atmospheric monitor, such as a safety gas detector. A gas detector is an important and key piece of safety equipment on many job sites, from manufacturing plants, to ships, the oil sands and many more. Explosive atmospheres, Oxygen deficiency and exposure to toxic gases are all too often responsible for work place injuries and fatalities.
These workplaces can be harsh and today’s gas detectors are subjected to rigorous environmental conditions which can affect the operation of a detector either through physical or sensor damage. Sensor damage can be caused by airborne poisons or concentrations that exceed their detectable limit. Sensor ports can be obstructed by dirt or debris that prevents the movement of gas. This means that having a method of verifying your gas detector and ensuring the sensors are responding to a target gas is extremely important. This can be done by a simple, easy to perform procedure known as the “Bump” test.
A Bump Test, or functional test, involves exposing a detector to a gas concentration that exceeds the units alarm set points, testing the sensors ability to respond. You are manually verifying that audible and visual alarms are activated, which confirms that the sensor responded to the gas presented. The bump test procedure is simple and easy, usually taking less than a minute to perform. Many manufacturer’s, in accordance with industry best practices, recommend bump testing before each day’s use.
This is just another step in assuring that we take every step to keep out employees safe at all cost.
Stay Safe!
Andrew Boster Project Manager/QC/Safety Plaas Incorporated

October 2014 – Confined Space Rescue Requirements

CSR Onsite Services

CSR Onsite Services

In January 2014, the Madison OSHA office fined a LaCrosse Casting Company $47,000 for violation of OSHA’s permit-required confined space rescue services.  This incident involved a fatality at an electrical inductive furnace in 2013 and the fine was also for other company violations.  This is one of many examples showing that OSHA is picking up the steam in enforcing its 8 year old confined space rescue services rules.  Businesses with tanks need to take notice.  Not just to avoid OSHA fines but also for safety of staff as 1 out of 10 CSR incidents involves a fatality and 23% of those incidents involve more than one death.
Specifically OSHA CFR, 1910.146, requires qualified and OSHA trained stand-by rescue teams for certain tank repairs and depending on the situation may require respiratory protection.  OSHA allows the business to decide on how to implement this CSR service.  Some Fire Departments offer this service but they are dwindling in numbers and this training is available but at a cost of time and money. A good alternative to project managing client owned resources would be to hire an experienced and qualified CSR contractor like Plaas.

Stay Safe!
Andrew Boster Project Manager/QC/Safety Plaas Incorporated

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