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IIAR releases Critical Task Guidance for Ammonia Refrigeration System Emergency Planning

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The IIAR Critical Task Guidance for Ammonia Refrigeration System Emergency Planning, 1st Edition was published to assist employers, government regulators, and public safety emergency responders in preparing emergency procedures to avoid and address ammonia incidents.

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The guideline was developed to increase safety when working in and around ammonia refrigeration systems and to mitigate the consequences of accidental releases. This document provides guidance for ensuring that existing emergency action and/or response plans include appropriate personal protective equipment selection, training, and emergency planning and communication associated with these critical tasks.

The table of contents includes:

Part 1. Critical Task 1 – Preparation

  • General Personal Protective Equipment
  • Respirators for Ammonia Incident Preparedness and Prevention
  • Respirator Placement and Use
  • Operational Readiness Improvement

Part 2. Critical Task 2 – Escape and System Emergency Control

Part 3. Critical Task 3 – Rescue

Part 4. Critical Task Training and Policy Guidelines

  • Critical Task 1 – Preparation
  • Critical Task 2 – Escape
  • All Onsite Personnel, Visitors, and Contractors
  • Ammonia System Trained Operators/Technicians
  • Critical Task 3 – Rescue

Part 5. Conclusion

Appendix 1. Definition of Terms
Appendix 2. NIOSH Gas Mask Informational Supplement
Appendix 3. Critical Task Procedures Examples
Appendix 4. OSHA Policy Regarding Voluntary Rescue Activities
Appendix 5. OSHA Interpretation Regarding EAP System Shutdown
Appendix 6. Background Leading to this Document

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