||Chem Excellence: Foundations for Excellence in the Chemical Process Industries
14.1 Maintain Safety, Health, and Environmental Standards in the Plant
Tasks conducted by PTOs related to this critical job function include:
- Access procedures, files, and other documentation for safety, environmental, and health guidelines before starting any job and respond appropriately.
- Inspect all areas for hazards.
- Provide input to fellow workers about unsafe conditions.
- Comply with procedures for red tag lockout; handle all chemicals safely; correctly implement confined-space entry procedures.
- Investigate accidents and incidents as part of process safety management.
- Work closely with safety and regulatory contacts; participate in safety, environmental, and health audits.
- Report any conditions of concern to the safety or health of self or co- workers, or that could have an impact on the environment.
- Properly label all materials in the plant.
- Participate in public awareness activities.
- Participate in and conduct safety response drills.
- Verify the completeness of appropriate paperwork.
Technical Performance-based Skill Standards
For this critical job function, entry-level PTOs are expected to:
- Describe the federal, state, and local regulations that apply to the production or processing of petroleum, chemicals, and other chemical material.
- Describe the federal, state, and local regulations and know how they apply to the part of the chemical industry in which they are employed.
- Describe comprehensively how federal, state, and local regulations directly impact the work of PTOs and CLTs.
- Describe typical employer procedures for addressing regulatory issues; on starting work, examine and implement procedures that satisfy safety and regulatory requirements.
- Have experience in developing an emergency safety plan.
- Be aware of "Right to Know" legislation and how it applies to plant environments.
- Implement emergency response procedures in marine environments as well as on land.
- Recognize chemicals by their common and chemical names and by their chemical formulas.
- Classify compounds into common categories and describe the safety and toxicity characteristics of each major class.
- Identify, determine the condition of, and properly use all major equipment associated with plant safety, including personal protective equipment, fire extinguishers, fire blankets, Scott air packs, etc.
- Use and maintain a radio for communication.
- Use approved first aid techniques for injuries to workers and know corporate policy regarding such treatment.
- Care for a person who becomes incapacitated until official help arrives.
- Use monitoring equipment to measure air and water quality to assure environmental compliance.
- Be familiar with the possible chemical reactions, heats of reactions, and kinetics associated with materials being used or handled.
- Know how to use respirators.
- Assist in the development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for new modified procedures.
- Maintain personal protective equipment.
- Monitor unit area for leaks and spills at all times.