Matt Fridley and Robyn Brooks Honored for Service on the CSCC
Matt Fridley (Brenntag) and Robyn Brooks (CI) were honored for their service on the DHS Chemical Sector Coordinating Council (CSCC). The Council provides a forum for private companies to coordinate on sector strategy, policy, information sharing, regulations, and risk management activities. This award highlights the importance of the relationship between the private industry and government partners as they strive for chemical security and safety together. Matt served as Vice Chair and will lead as CSCC Chair in 2019. Robyn served as Assistant Vice Chair. Please join us in congratulating Matt and Robyn! Pictured: Robyn Brooks (CI), Matt Fridley (Brenntag), Steve Harris (Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Director for Infrastructure Security, DHS).
CI Featured in Local Mississippi Newspaper
Robyn Kinsley, VP of Transportation and Emergency Preparedness, covered the longstanding partnership between The Chlorine Institute and the Mississippi State Fire Academy (MSFA) that has been instrumental in raising the level of industry emergency preparedness. The article was featured in a local Mississippi newspaper, The Rankin County News, and will be featured on the Fire Engineering website (fireengineering.com) in the near future. Read More...
CI's 2018 TRANSCAER® Tour Makes a Stop in Houston, TX
CI offers emergency response training and earned coverage from the Houston Chronicle. Read more...
Firefighters in Grand Falls-Windsor Learn How to Mitigate Chlorine Leaks
Canadian news broadcasting company NTV spoke with Erica Bernstein, CI's Director of Outreach, about the purpose of chlorine emergency response training. Watch the video.
2018 CHLOREP® Team Training - Another Successful Year!
The Chlorine Institute hosted its annual CHLOREP® Team Training at the Mississippi State Fire Academy (MSFA) in Jackson, MS from April 30 - May 4, 2018. 2018 marks the 12th consecutive year that the training has been held at MSFA. Read more...
The Chlorine Institute Receives 2017 TRANSCAER® Awards
The Chlorine Institute received the 2017 TRANSCAER® National Achievement Award on May 10, 2018. This award was given in appreciation for the Institute’s outstanding commitment to helping emergency responders across North America. Read more...
Chlorine Institute Recognizes 10 North American and International Facilities For "Diamond Level" Safety and Environmental Performance. Read more...
Allied Universal’s Robin Bolte Named Chlorine Institute 2018 Peter Mayo Award Honoree:
Ms. Robin Bolte, Manager of Regulatory Affairs for Allied Universal Corporation in Doral, FL, received The Chlorine Institute’s 2018 Peter M. Mayo Award at the Institute’s Annual Meeting in Tampa. Read more...
Preventive Maintenance is Not a Static Plan
On February 20, 2018, U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) Chairwoman Vanessa Allen Sutherland and CI President Frank Reiner issued a joint safety statement stressing the importance of reviewing and updating preventive maintenance programs, "Preventive Maintenance is Not a Static Plan." The statement marks the launch a collaboration between CI and the CSB to help improve safety awareness and performance. Read more...
New Edition of Pamphlet 21, Nitrogen Trichloride – A Collection of Reports and Papers, Now Available for Download!
The latest edition of Pamphlet 21) Nitrogen Trichloride - A Collection of Reports and Papers is now available only in the bookstore for free download. One major upgrade to this pamphlet is that the entire 350+ page document is now text searchable! This pamphlet is unique because it does not offer guidance*, but unpublished reference material about nitrogen trichloride. All the papers in the previous edition remain in the pamphlet. This edition includes these new works:
There were also a few changes to the Forward, including adding a paragraph acknowledging that other literature on nitrogen trichloride exists, but the works contained in Pamphlet 21 are largely unpublished.
* Pamphlet 152) Safe Handling of Chlorine Containing Nitrogen Trichloride offers nitrogen trichloride guidance and is also available for free download from our bookstore.
New Edition of Pamphlet 17, Packaging Plant Safety and Operational Guidelines, Now Available for Download!
The latest edition of Pamphlet 17) Packaging Plant Safety and Operational Guidelines is now available on bookstore for free download. The pamphlet underwent major changes, including updating guidance on:
Smaller changes to clarify guidance were added throughout the pamphlet, including additional pictures and figures. Additionally, section 2.5.6, Facility Maintenance and section 10.2.2, Auto-Refrigeration, and Appendix C – Chlorine Ton and Cylinder Inventory Accountability are entirely new.
CSB Releases Video and Case Study on Accidental Mixing Incident
The Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released its forty-eight page Case Study and eleven-minute video on an accidental mixing incident involving the inadvertent unloading of 30% sulfuric acid into a sodium hypochlorite storage tank.
The incident is an instructive one, as the Case Study details contributing factors that include: close proximity of fill lines for incompatible materials, indistinguishable fill lines for incompatible materials, insufficient pipe marking/labeling, insufficient and inconsistent unloading procedures, no practice of identifying procedure deviations and ensure compliance with procedures, insufficient training, lack of automatic emergency shutoff for unloading process, poor ventilation system design, improper storage of and access to escape respirators, and insufficient communication between various parties (driver to operator, at plant shift change, to emergency responders and hospital, to the public).
CI has recommendations on accidental mixing prevention in many of its publications, which address most of the factors noted above:
All the pamphlets listed above are available for free download on CI's bookstore. Additionally, the Product Stewardship Issue Team is developing an accidental mixing video which is expected to be completed in 2018. The Case Study, Video, and additional pictures are available on CSB's website.
Robyn Brooks, Senior Director - Health, Environment, Safety and Security &
Robyn Kinsley, Vice President, Transportation & Emergency Preparedness
Chlorine Institute Issues New Chlorine Training DVD and HCl Guidance; Holds Final 2017 TRANSCAER® Training Event & Webinars. Reade more...
ICIS Focus Article - Boquet and Frank Reiner Discuss Reducing Human Error
In this ICIS Focus article, Fall Meeting Kick-off Speaker and safety expert Prof. Albert Boquet and Frank Reiner discuss how to reduce human error and promote safety in the chlor-alkali industry. Read more...
Comments Submitted on Asbestos Scope of the Risk Evaluation
On September 19, 2017, CI submitted comments on the EPA’s scope of the risk evaluation for asbestos. The comment letter urges EPA to use of chlor-alkali specific data to evaluate asbestos for chlorine production condition of use. To read the full letter and EPA’s call for comments, please refer to the HESS Government Activity webpage.
North and South America’s First Chlor-Alkali Technology Symposium
AGC Chemicals Americas Inc. is sponsoring an educational and networking event for chlor-alkali producers of all levels of experience. The symposium will be held October 4-6, 2017 at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes Resort and will feature technology presentations given by membrane specialists and chlor-alkali technology leaders. Presentation topics range from basic membrane operation and function to brine management, voltage monitoring and other ways to improve the facility performance. Presenters include experts from IHS Markit, Olin, Asahi Glass Corporation, DeNora, tkUCE, Inovyn (formerly Ineos), R2, Prince Rubber and AGC Chemicals.
Qualified personnel from companies that produce caustic soda/caustic potash in electrolysis plants in North or South America can attend the conference sessions and networking events free of charge by registering on the event website at www.chloralkalitech.com. The deadline for special room rates ends soon, so reserve your room today!
Electrochemical Society Article Highlights CI’s Safety Efforts
CI’s safety leadership efforts were put on display in the latest edition of Interface, the quarterly publication by the Electrochemical Society. The article, Chlor-alkali Production, Safety and Leadership, is available on CI’s website (to view the rest of the magazine, use the Issuu magazine viewer).
Here is the article’s abstract:
“Chlorine and its family of chemicals including sodium hydroxide (caustic soda), sodium hypochlorite (bleach), sodium chloride (salt) and polyvinyl chloride play vital roles as building blocks for important products in medicine, pharmaceuticals, electronics, construction, security, agriculture and more. Yet, chlorine’s useful chemical properties can present a hazard, so for nearly a century, the chlor-alkali industry has led the way in promoting safety across the value chain, including transportation and customers. This article details how the chlor-alkali industry moved from “process to process safety” and beyond, through an ongoing, common-sense safety program built upon three key elements: 1) sharing best practices; 2) education and training; and 3) partnering and collaboration with government and other allies. The industry’s goal of for its members is “Zero Injuries. Zero leaks. Zero Incidents,” and “Zero excuses!” Achieving this objective is difficult, but the industry “is committed to both continuous improvement and to sharing its growing knowledge base” and leads the value chain’s efforts to do the same.”
CI offers the Quad Cities Rail Safety and Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Training CI’s
TRANSCAER® Chlorine Tour event in the Quad Cities drew 73 attendees and earned local TV and newspaper coverage.
CI Support Letter for Work of DHS’s Chemical Security Analysis Center
The Chemical Security Analysis Center within the Department of Homeland Security is facing serious budget cuts in the proposed budget. CSAC was established in 2006 to identify and assess chemical threats and vulnerabilities in the United States and develop the best responses to potential chemical hazards. Over the years, CI has maintained a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with CSAC, and through that partnership has worked with CSAC to provide chemical handling support of the Jack Rabbit large-scale chlorine trials. CSAC’s world class scientists performed the modeling work in Pamphlet 74) Guidance on Estimating the Area Affected By A Chlorine Release. CI values and supports the work of CSAC, and wrote a support letter; read the full text here.
CI Issues 2Q Release Highlighting New Customer Safety & Security Checklist
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CI Supports EPA’s Evaluation of new RMP Rule
CI members aim for zero releases at their operating facilities and understand voluntary best practices and regulatory oversight are both needed to prevent incidents. For this reason, CI supports the EPA’s efforts to promulgate the most effective RMP rule. Read the comment letter, submitted 5/19/16, here.
First Quarter Pamphlet Release
CI fulfills its safety mission in part through the work of volunteers from our member organizations. This release describes the safety pamphlets and other materials that were revised or published since the end of December, and we thank all those who contributed their time and expertise to ensure we have the right materials to "Aim for Zero." The full release can be found here.
CI Welcomes Four New Board Members
At the Annual General Meeting on March 14th four new members were elected to The Chlorine Institute Board of Directors:
CI appreciates the willingness of each of these new board members to provide their time and talents to the betterment of the industry. They are welcome additions to the existing board of 14 who provide strategic guidance and oversight to CI’s ongoing efforts to enhance safety and security performance. Please offer your support and congratulations as these four individuals take on their new role.
CI’s Letter Opposing the Elimination of the CSB
CI strongly supports the work of the Chemical Safety Board (CSB). Facing its possible complete elimination, CI sent letters to the White House, Senate Committee on Appropriations, and the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations. Read the letter here.
WCC Global Safety Team
The Global Safety Team is one of the committees of the World Chlorine Council. CI has been an active participant since the GST’s founding. One of the major initiatives of the GST is its quarterly newsletter which provides a great opportunity for sharing of experience from all regions of the world. The first quarter 2017 edition is linked here.
Comments Submitted on Asbestos Risk Evaluation
On March 14, 2017, CI submitted comments on the EPA’s risk evaluation of asbestos. The comment letter details the historical and current use of asbestos in chlorine production, CI member efforts and guidance to safely handle asbestos, EPA’s historical view on the asbestos use in chlorine production, and the position use of asbestos in chlorine production should safely continue. To read the full letter and EPA’s call for comments, please refer to the HESS Government Activity webpage.