GCAP CoolCast: Garden City Ammonia Program

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GCAP “CoolCast” Episode 12: CalARP vs. PSM / RMP Part 1

by on Dec.30, 2010, under Podcast

Jeremy Williams from “GCAP Garden City Ammonia Program” and Peter Thomas from “CalCA California Controlled Atmosphere” discuss the similarities and differences of Process Safety Management PSM / RMP  EPA’s Risk Management Program / and the CalARP regulations Title 19 for ammonia refrigeration training.

Subject Matters include:

CalARP: California Accidental Release Prevention Program: Title 19
PSM: Process Safety Management: OSHA 1910.119
RMP: Risk Management Program: EPA 40.68
LEPC: Local Emergency Planning Committee
CUPA:  Certified Unified Program Agencies

Resource Compliance: Software for PSM/RMP Compliance
IIAR: International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration Conference March 27-30 2011
Ammonia Threshold Quantities
PHA:  Process Hazard Analysis

Contact Peter Thomas at

Contact Jeremy Williams at

For information on CalARP Regulations visit

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GCAP “CoolCast” Episode 11: Meet Tyler Ramos

by on Dec.28, 2010, under Podcast

In today’s show we introduce you to Tyler Ramos, one of our instructors here at Garden City Ammonia Program. Tyler shares his experience with us from contractor to manager to lead instructor. We discuss visits to IIAR conventions, ammonia safety days, ammonia refrigeration training, and Tyler’s pointers on how to be a great manager despite your age, and lessons he learned first hand.

Tyler has been working at Garden City Ammonia Program for over a year now and he has years of experience in the field.

If you would like to see more of the faces behind the scenes here at GCAP you can visit the About Us page.

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GCAP “CoolCast” Episode 10: National Response Center (NRC)

by on Dec.16, 2010, under Podcast

Today Randy Williams and his Ammonia Operator III class join us in the studio. We are calling the National Response Center (NRC) with a fictitious ammonia release scenario for ammonia refrigeration training purposes. also included in today’s show is the class giving their opinions and thoughts on the National Response Center call, ammonia releases, evacuation procedures, OSHA and the EPA’s notification requirements when an ammonia release occurs.

The National Response Center has deployed an On-Line Reporting Tool. This tool provides users of the internet the ability to easily submit incident reports to the NRC. In addition, the tool will transmit an email containing the report number back to the Reporting Party. The on-line HELP feature will assist users in all facets of the tool. We invite you to utilize the NRC On-Line Reporting Tool by clicking here.

Questions and Information to be asked by an Ammonia Refrigeration System for Online-Reporting

Reports taken by the NRC are based on the “Incident Type.” Each Incident Type requires a different subset of information.  The NRC On-Line Reporting Application “HELP” feature describes these areas in detail. All incident types are available for submission via the application.

The NRC will contact the Reporting Party within 30 minutes of receiving an online report to provide an official NRC Report Number. If you have not received an email confirmation from the NRC within 45 minutes of submitting a report, please contact us by phone using our toll free number (800-424-8802).

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