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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.

Typhoon Offshore Selects ABS Group to Support New Offshore Wind Farm

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."

EPA Publishes Rule to Improve Reporting of Chemical Information

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.

Statement by Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on Continued Heat Waves Sweeping US

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:

"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

SMRP 5th Annual Maintenance and Reliability Symposium
August 18-19, 2011
Galveston, TX
Booth #206


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.

SEMS Compliance (30 CFR 250) or
SEMS Compliance and Implementation (30 CFR 250)
October 18 or October 18-20, 2011 - ABS Plaza - Houston, TX

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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Upcoming Courses:

August 2011 - October 2011

*Take two or more courses during the same week to SAVE! Combination options are highlighted. View the course calendar for a complete list of courses.


Certified ISO 14001 Lead Auditor
August 15-18 - Chicago, IL

Combined Course: Certified 14001 Lead Auditor and Certified OHSAS 18001 Lead Auditor
August 15-19 - Chicago, IL

Environmental Compliance Bootcamp
September 12-16 - Las Vegas, NV
October 17-21 - San Antonio, TX

Combined Course: Certified ISO 9001 / OHSAS 18001 Lead Auditor
September 19-23 - Las Vegas, NV

SPCC Plans Made Easy
September 26-27 - Las Vegas, NV

Stormwater Discharge Regulations
September 28-29 - Las Vegas, NV

OSHA Compliance Bootcamp
October 3-7 - Baltimore, MD

Clean Air Compliance Institute
October 11-14 - Baltimore, MD



SEMS Compliance (30 CFR 250)
October 18 - Houston, TX

SEMS Compliance and Implementation (30 CFR 250)
October 18-20 - Houston, TX

Risk Management Program Compliance
September 7 - Knoxville, TN

Resubmitting EPA RMPlans
September 8 - Knoxville, TN

Process Safety Management Compliance
September 12-14 - Knoxville, TN

Compliance Auditing
September 15-16 - Knoxville, TN

Compliance Auditing with PSM Overview
September 14-16 - Knoxville, TN

Hazard and Accident Analysis
September 19-22 - Knoxville, TN

Reliability Management
September 27-28 - Houston, TX

Process Hazard Analysis Leader
October 10-14 - Knoxville, TN

Facility Siting Hazard Analysis Techniques
October 12-14 - San Antonio, TX

Advanced Root Cause Analysis
October 17-21 - Arlington, VA

Root Cause Analysis and Incident Investigation
October 17-19 - Arlington, VA

Human Error Prevention
October 20-21 - Arlington, VA

Risk Based Process Safety
October 18-19 - Knoxville, TN

Reliability and Operational Excellence
October 18-19 - Knoxville, TN

Reliability and Operational Excellence with What Tool? and When?
October 18-20 - Knoxville, TN



Certified OHSAS 18001 Lead Auditor
August 16-19 - Chicago, IL
September 20-23 - Las Vegas, NV

OSHA Compliance Bootcamp
October 3-7 - Baltimore, MD



Certified ISO 9001 Lead Auditor
September 19-22 - Las Vegas, NV



ISPS Code Security Officer
August 15-17 - Houston, TX

Integrated Management Systems Internal Auditor**
August 22-24 - Houston, TX

Dynamic Positioning (DP) System Installations**
August 22-23 - Texas City, TX

LPG Carriers: Operational and Technical Overview**
August 23-24 - Houston, TX

Fundamentals of FPSO / FSO Structures**
August 24-26 - Houston, TX

Dynamic Positioning (DP) System Installations**
August 25-26 - Houma, LA

Tanker Safety Officer**
August 29-30 - Houston, TX

Winterization Requirements**
August 31 - Houston, TX

Ship Fabrication: Hull Construction**
September 6-7 - Houston, TX

Ship Fabrication: Hull Outfitting**
September 8 - Houston, TX

Developing WPS & PQR for ABS Approval**
September 9 - Houston, TX

Fundamentals of Floating Stability for FOI's**
September 12-14 - Houston, TX

Statutory Regulations Primer - SOLAS V Surveys**
September 12 - Houston, TX

Statutory Regulations Primer - MARPOL Annex VI Surveys**
September 13 - Houston, TX

Hazardous Area Classification**
September 13 - Houston, TX

Electrical, Electronics, Controls and Telecommunications Inspections for Superintendents**
September 14 - Houston, TX

Classification and Statutory Requirements for FPI's**
September 15-16 - Houston, TX

ISO 9001, QMS - Lead Auditor**
September 19-22 - Las Vegas, NV

Risk Assessment**
September 19-20 - Houston, TX

Welding, Inspections and Nondestructive Examination**
September 19-23 - Houston, TX

Maritime Root Cause Analysis and Incident Investigation
September 21-22 - Houston, TX
October 11-12 - Seattle, WA

MODU - In-service**
September 21-23 - Houston, TX

Non-Conformance, Corrective and Preventive Action Handling **
September 23 - Houston, TX

Ship Fabrication: Machinery Outfitting**
September 26-27 - Houston, TX

Ship Fabrication: Electrical and Automation Systems**
September 28-29 - Houston, TX

ISM Code Internal Auditor
October 4-6 - Houston, TX

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