E-NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE - August 2011
ABS Consulting Presents at 5th Annual Maintenance and Reliability Symposium
ABS Consulting will present "The Role of Culture Change in PAS 55" at the 5th Annual Maintenance and Reliability Symposium on August 18, 2011, at Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas. ABS Consulting is also exhibiting in Booth #206.
For more information, visit http://smrphouston.org/events.htm.
ABS Consulting announces that its affiliate, ABS Group Ltd. ("ABS Group"), has been selected to provide wind turbine, operation and maintenance and QHSE package management for Typhoon Offshore B.V. offshore wind farm, BARD-Nederland, located in The Netherlands. ABS Group will develop management plans that meet progress, quality, health and safety as well as reliability requirements. Located 55 km north of the island of Schiermonnikoog (The Netherlands), the wind farm will be built in two phases of 300 MW each.
"We are pleased to support Typhoon Offshore in this offshore project and utilize our European and global network to provide our expertise in construction management and client representation," said Torsten Muuss, Director Renewable Energy for ABS Group Ltd. "Our extensive offshore experience has proven the importance of monitoring management services to achieve the project's objectives."
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is increasing the type and amount of information it collects on commercial chemicals from chemical manufacturers, allowing the agency to better identify and manage potential risks to Americans' health and the environment. The improved rule, known as the Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) Rule, also requires that companies submit the information electronically to EPA, rather than on paper, and limits confidentiality claims by companies. The changes are part of EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson's commitment to strengthen the agency's chemical management program and increase the transparency of critical information on chemicals.
"Collecting this critical information on widely used chemicals will enable EPA to more effectively identify and address potential chemical risks," said Steve Owens, assistant administrator for EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. "The new electronic reporting requirement and limits on confidentiality claims also will bring EPA's data collection effort into the 21st Century and give the American people greater access to a wider range of information on chemicals to which their children and families are exposed every day."
The CDR Rule, which falls under the Toxic Substances Control Act Inventory Update Rule, requires more frequent reporting of critical information on chemicals and requires the submission of new and updated information relating to potential chemical exposures, current production volume, manufacturing site-related data, and processing and use-related data for a larger number of chemicals. The improved information will allow EPA to better identify and manage risks associated with chemicals.
EPA is requiring companies to submit the information through the Internet, using EPA's electronic reporting tool. On-line reporting will improve both data quality and EPA's ability to use the data, as well as make it more accessible to the public.
Companies will be required to start following the new reporting requirements in the next data submission period, which will occur February 1, 2012, to June 30, 2012.
More information about the CDR Rule and reporting program is available at www.epa.gov/iur.
Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis issued the following statement regarding continued record temperatures:
"Four weeks into the summer, the nation continues to experience record heat. For outdoor workers, this means being at risk for heat-related illnesses, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Employers must take the precautions needed to protect outdoor workers:
- Have a work site plan to prevent heat-related illnesses and make sure that medical services are available to respond to an emergency should one occur.
- Provide plenty of water at the job site and remind workers to drink small amounts of water frequently – every 15 minutes.
- Schedule rest breaks throughout the work shift and provide shaded or air conditioned rest areas near the work site.
- Let new workers get used to the extreme heat, gradually increasing the work load over a week.
- When possible, schedule heavy tasks for earlier in the day.
"Tell workers what to look for to spot the signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke in themselves and their co-workers, and make sure they know what to do in an emergency. OSHA has fact sheets and posters that illustrate the signs of heat-related illnesses, and the steps that you can take to prevent them at your work site.
"Remember: water, rest, shade – the three keys to preventing heat-related illnesses in this extreme heat."
For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
SMRP 5th Annual Maintenance and Reliability Symposium
August 18-19, 2011
Reliability and Operational Excellence or
Reliability and Operational with What Tool? and When?
October 18-19 or October 18-20, 2011 - ABS Plaza - Knoxville, TN
These courses demonstrate how the best plants compete via a reliability strategy that combines the best elements of Lean Manufacturing, TPM, RCM, Six Sigma and other methodologies. Through extensive case study examples, you will see ways to design, operate, and maintain processes and equipment for maximum production capacity.
BOEMRE's new regulation (30 CFR 250) requires offshore owners/operators and contractors to implement a Safety and Environmental System (SEMS) by November 15, 2011. This practical, workshop-driven course will equip you with tools and examples of how to achieve compliance and improve offshore process safety performance.
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August 2011 - October 2011
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