The Facts on NFPA 12's Life Safety Component Q3 2014 Plant Protection Report
Third Quarter 2014
Welcome to the Plant Protection Report
In the third quarter newsletter, we are featuring an article that was inspired by some recent projects: Co2 System Upgrades. NFPA 12 added a life safety component in 2005, but many plants still have outdated equipment & controls. Recently, we have seen a surge of Co2 upgrade work from plants upgrading to the current NFPA standards & OSHA regulations. In addition to NFPA 12, OSHA has it's own life safety component for Co2 suppression, 229 CFR 1910.159.
We hope that our featured article provides a simple explanation of the requirements of the standard and encourages those plants that are non-compliant to get their Co2 systems current with NFPA Standards and compliant with OSHA safety regulations.
President F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems 847-291-6336
Contributor: James Bouche
Fire sprinklers are necessary to mitigate property damage from fire. The difficulty comes into play when the space you need to protect is water sensitive. Either it can damage the equipment held in the space or the equipment could react adversely to water. To mitigate any potential issues, sensitive spaces can utilize Co2 suppression that can extinguish a fire without water. While this seems ideal, there are potential health concerns with the use of Co2. Because of this, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) wrote an addendum to NFPA 12, requiring life safety additions to any new and existing Co2 fire protection systems.
Uses for Co2 suppression
Protecting areas with delicate equipment from fire can be difficult. There is a vast array of plant areas that have equipment that can be damaged or react adversely to water-based suppression:
Power plants - turbine generator enclosures, transformer vaults, hazardous material storage rooms, and battery storage rooms.
Aluminum rolling mill plants - mill roll stacks, bearings/oil hose connections, fume hoods, coilers, and oil pits.
Cement plants - dust collection cyclones and bag houses.
Pinch points injuries sound less serious than they really are. They can cause a disability, amputation, or death. They usually happen in a split second, when minds are wandering or when a worker is not properly trained.
Here are some tips to avoid pinch point injuries:
Train all personnel completely - forgoing training to get someone on the job site quickly is one of the main reasons people get hurt on the job. Make sure all workers know how machinery and equipment works in addition to standard safety training.
Perform a daily Job Hazard Analysis - Prior to the start of activities each day review potential hazards and mitigation techniques specific to the tasks being performed. Make everyone aware of what could happen and how to avoid any close calls or injuries.
Evaluate new equipment - safety check lists are available to thoroughly review new equipment and ensure there are no pinch points, and, if there are pinch points, a guard is used.
Lock-out/Tag-out (LOTO) - equipment that moves needs to be completely powered down before work is done. Complete a lock-out/tag-out, so employees are fully aware that the equipment is down for service or cleaning. Pay special attention to equipment that automatically turns on, like fans that are temperature controlled.
Inspect - perform daily inspections to check that guards are not missing and procedures are being followed.
Stay focused - be aware of pinch points such as belts, chain drives, and rollers; inspect tools so you know that they are working properly.
Follow these tips and be careful to avoid pinch point injuries. If you see a co-worker not paying attention to possible pinch point hazards, warn them. Keep yourself and your co-workers safe.
F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems has Earned ISO Certification
Quality Management Systems, ISO 9001: 2008 Certification Goal Reached by F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems
F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems is proud to announce that they are ISO 9001: 2008 certified. ISO is the International Organization for Standardization. ISO is a standardization that ensures services are safe, reliable, and high quality. The ISO 9001: 2008 standard focuses on quality management systems.
The Quality Management Systems standard focuses on providing standards to demonstrate the ability to consistently provide product or service that meets customer and regulatory requirements while enhancing customer satisfaction. ISO 9001: 2008 is an international standard, and currently has certified organizations in over 170 countries. This standard is focused primarily on the customer, aiming to continually improve the customer experience.
Daryl Bessa, President of F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems explained the process and goals of ISO Certification. He said, "Being a multi-year process, the attainment of ISO Certification demonstrated the thorough commitment by all of Special Hazard's Partners nationwide. It is clear that everyone understands and is dedicated to our vision of 'redefining the role and definition of a contractor and raising the standards of our industry.' I would like to thank everyone involved in the process to make this goal a reality and encourage the culture of ISO 9001 in all daily activities."
F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems has been providing fire protection services to the high risk, high value market since 1979. Their plant services and new project fire protection experience makes them a valuable asset for power plants, chemical plants, and heavy industrial facilities.
F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems has recently received contracts to perform a range of services in several power generating plants:
Gas Plant | Florida F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems is upgrading the fire panel of a plant they originally worked on in 2008.
Natural Gas Liquefaction Plant | Louisiana
F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems will provide the fire and gas system (FGS) for the second phase of the project.
Coal-fired Power Plant | Indiana
F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems has been awarded to upgrade a Co2 system for this 208 MW plant.
Combined-Cycle Plant | Oklahoma
F.E. Moran Special Hazard Systems is providing a complete fire protection system for this plant.