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Using fresh air during non-emergency situations

  • What happened?

    Two workers were replacing a manway degassing cover on a tank inside a dike.

    Fresh air while working was required as the tank had been in sour crude service.

    Instead of using a supplied air respirator, they used 5 minute escape packs to provide air.

    This was dangerous and against company respiratory protection policy, which stated the packs are for emergency egress only.

    The degassing manway cover
  • Why did it happen?

    The supervisor felt rushed to get the job done as this task was already delayed due to a lightning alert.

    Invalid work permit and ignoring respirator protection policy:

    • The work permit for the job was initiated, but not delivered to operations the previous day.
    • The supervisor decided to ‘piggyback’ on previous day’s work permit.
    • The permit was for outside the dike only, so the supervisor decided not to set-up the supplied air trailer.
    • The supervisor directed his crew to use the escape packs for breathing air instead.
    A five minute escape pack including a fresh-air canister and face mask used for emergency air supply.
  • What did they learn?

    Follow local policies on use of respirators.

    Do not work without a valid work permit.

    The 5 minute air packs are emergency escape systems, designed to provide air in emergency situations only.

    Delays in getting a job done are acceptable, but working without a permit is not.

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  • Ask yourself or your crew

    What other controls should have been put in place?

    Why shouldn’t these workers have used 5 minute emergency air packs?  What could have happened?

    Why must we work with a valid work permit?

    Why do you think these workers did what they did? Have you ever done something similar?

    What could we do to prevent something like this happening here?

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Published on 27/03/19 722 Views 0 likes

Two workers were replacing a manway degassing cover on a tank inside a dike. Instead of using a supplied air respirator, they used 5 minute escape packs to provide air.