All posts tagged HAZMAT

Chemical Plant Protection

With the Mississippi River at its door step, Geismar Louisiana is well positioned for petrochemical facility supply chain, operations and commercial logistics. The area continues to see tremendous growth with over $20 billion in spending announced in the last few years for the Mississippi Corridor. On the request of current and potential new customers, Industrial Emergency Services opened the Geismar Fire Station in early 2015 to support customers in the area along the Mississippi Corridor. Numerous plants rely on IES to provide supplemental emergency response to augment their site-based emergency response programs. Whether providing only an incipient response or full…

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RESPONSE SPOTLIGHT: Refinery Process Fire Response

Overview On Friday September 4th, IES was alerted about a process fire in a SEMC[1] client refining site. Upon arrival IES found four separate fires around a flange and instrumentation lines located in the process structure approximately 15 ft. above ground. Consultation with process operators onsite informed IES Responders that the product involved was hydrogen, the source lines had been isolated and those line pressures were dropping. Fortunately, operators had immediately deployed fixed monitors located around the unit as trained by IES in a recent fire response class, while a neighboring facility attempted to provide support by directing some of…

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Project Spotlight: Auto Manufacturing, In Plant Safety & Response Program

Prevention, Preparation and Response Industrial Emergency Services (IES) offers Fire, Medical, HazMat and Technical Rescue services to High-Risk / High-Value business sectors throughout the United States. These critical services are offered in three ways: CORE (Ad Hoc) Facilities faced with an unexpected event may call on IES for ad hoc critical emergency response services application while under duress. Even if planned for, industrial-scale incidents can outpace pre-planned calculations or assumptions. In the absence or loss of primary localized response options, IES can quickly mobilize to either backfill depleted resources or to drop in a team of skilled IC and Response…

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Sugar Refinery Trains for Industrial Fire, HAZMAT and Chemical Related Emergency Response

Ever wondered how a factory or processing plant goes about handling an emergency such as a fire or chemical spill? That was the focus of initial training recently begun at Imperial Sugar Company’s sugar refinery in Gramercy, Louisiana. OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration) requires organizations that potentially have to respond to emergencies involving hazardous materials adapt a nationally recognized incident command system or ISC. “ICS is a systematic approach that uses a standardized and unified command structure to safely mitigate emergencies,” said Marc Holder, Training and Safety Manager and ICS trainer at the Gramercy plant. “There are basic levels of command, and…

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