Is ammonia flammable?

Ammonia has a slight flammable gas classification at level 1; however, it can be ignited easily or have an explosive reaction in the right conditions (aka a large energy source). The auto ignition temperature is 1,204°F if catalyzed and 1,570°F if un-catalyzed. Due to anhydrous ammonia’s low boiling point of -28°F, as an example for … Read more

What are the dangers of ammonia exposure?

If someone is exposed to the manufactured form of concentrated ammonia, they may suffer from severe chemical burns that in some cases permanently damage/disfigure the skin and respiratory tract. Inhalation: Nasopharyngeal and tracheal burns will occur, bronchiolar and alveolar edema, and airway destruction that could result in respiratory failure. Skin/eye contact: Liquified ammonia can cause … Read more

What is ammonia made out of?

Ammonia is a common and essential chemical compound made up of nitrogen and hydrogen, also known as NH3.  Found in a multitude of places naturally, this is a chemical that is necessary for many organisms involved in the nitrogen cycle and the body’s waste production process. Organisms produce ammonia and amino acids when the body … Read more

What does a safety professional do?

Safety professionals are individuals who typically work in the manufacturing, warehousing, or industrial settings. Their job is to analyze the workplace environment for potential risks, and based on that information, come up with ways to improve the safety in the facility. Those who wish to work in this role will typically need at least an … Read more

What is CRM in safety?

Crew resource management, or CRM, was first developed in the 1950’s for the Royal Air Force. The original concept was specifically for pilots and other flight crew, and was even called cockpit resource management. Over time, however, it was found that the same concepts can be used in any environment where human error can lead … Read more

What is process safety management (PSM)?

Process safety management is an analytical tool that is used to prevent any type of release of substances that are considered to be ‘highly hazardous chemicals’ by either the EPA or OSHA. This process is designed to help reduce the frequency (and severity) of chemical spills. Any facility that creates, ships, or uses any type … Read more

How are accident reports written?

When an accident occurs in the workplace it is important to do everything possible to get the treatment you need right away. Even if you don’t believe the injury is to serious or life threatening, it is typically best to go to the doctor to get it checked out. Once you are certain that you … Read more

What are the steps to becoming a safety manager?

Working as a safety manager is a great job if you can find the right company to work for. In some cases, you can transition into this type of position by performing well in other roles, then getting trained by the existing safety professionals. For most people, however, it will be necessary to go through … Read more