Critical Task Guidance for Ammonia Refrigeration System Emergency Planning, 1st Edition

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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.

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 document was developed by consensus among members of IIAR, the Refrigerating Engineers and Technicians Association (RETA), the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), and the Ammonia Safety and Training Institute (ASTI) and reflects insights from various regulatory agencies.

Table of Contents:

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