GCAP CoolCast: Garden City Ammonia Program

Archive for January, 2011

GCAP “CoolCast” Episode 17: Where Do We Get NH3 Operators?

by on Jan.27, 2011, under Podcast

In today’s show Jeremy Williams from Garden City Ammonia Program interviews Eric Girven.  Eric is the NEPA (North Eastern Pennsylvania) RETA President.  He has recently won the prestigious award of being RETA’s chapter president of the year.  Today we discuss his involvement with RETA, IIAR and what he has learned with his 18 years of experience in industrial ammonia refrigeration.

Main Topics to be discussed are:

Where do we as an industry get ammonia operators?
Where can we find ammonia operators?
And once we find the good ones, how do you keep them?

Find information of the NEPA RETA Chapter by emailing to: NEPARETA@gmail.com
Chapter meets at 6:00 PM every 4th Thursday of the Month: September – May
Find information on RETA at www.RETA.com

Contact Eric Girven by emailing to: Eric_Girven@cargill.com
570.746.3000 ext 7784

Contact GCAP at www.AmmoniaTraining.com

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GCAP “CoolCast” Episode 16: Tim Kohrs and Northern Plains RETA Chapter

by on Jan.20, 2011, under Podcast

In today’s show Jeremy Williams from Garden City Ammonia Program interviews Tim Kohrs. Tim is the President of the Northern Plains RETA Chapter and has over 25 years experience in our refrigeration industry. We discuss in depth past Safety Days in Minnesota and also the RETA Chapter.  Tim also adds his tips of advice to new operators coming up in the industry.

Topics Discussed Include:

Norther Plains RETA Chapter
Video Recording RETA Meetings
Plant Tours
Ammonia Safety Days
Kansas City Ammonia Safety Day
Randy Williams and Craig Ward’s trip to Minnesota

“When it comes to education in the refrigeration industry, Don’t wait to be forced fed, look at the spoon and feed yourself”

Northern Plains Safety Day is May 18th, 2011
Kansas City Safety Day is June 17th, 2011

Contact Tim for more information about the Northern Plains RETA Chapter and Safety Day information


Contact Jeremy for more information on the Kansas City Safety Day


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GCAP “CoolCast” Episode 15: The 3 types of operators

by on Jan.12, 2011, under Podcast

In today’s show Craig Ward from Garden City Ammonia Program interviews  Brian Chapin.  Brian recently authored an article on the three types of ammonia refrigeration operator. We discuss the three archetypes in depth in this episode, they are: “the Ill-Suited” “the Good” and “the Great”

Topics Discussed Include:

RAGAGEP stands for Recognized and Generally Accepted Good Engineering Practice.
OSHA: OSHA 29 CFR 1910.119:  The employer shall document that equipment complies with recognized and generally accepted good engineering practices.
EPA: EPA 40 CFR 68.73 (d)(2):  Inspection and testing procedures shall follow recognized and generally accepted good engineering practices
Ammonia Operator Training
Industrial Refrigeration Skill Sets
Vocational Industiral Clubs of America  Know as VICA
USA Skills is the new Vica

High School Shop Class Training for mechanics
Industrial Ammonia Operator Schoships
Standard Operating Procedures
Improve efficiency by starting with Process Standardization
Cant measure efficiency without having basic Process Standardization
Three levels of ammonia operators
Hosting a GCAP Onsite training for ammonia operators
RETA Membership
Lean Manufacturing
ISO 9000 standards
Six Sigma
Continuous Improvement
Process Standardization
PSM Compliance
EPA Audits

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GCAP “CoolCast” Episode 14: Mike Gannon & The New NWA RETA Chapter

by on Jan.07, 2011, under Podcast

In today’s show Jeremy Williams and Craig Ward from Garden City Ammonia Program interview  Mike Gannon. Mike is an ammonia refrigeration engineer with Don’s Cold Storage in Northwest Arkansas. Not only is Mike their company engineer, he is highly involved with PSM / RMP and started up the new RETA chapter for Northwest Arkansas “NWA RETA Chapter”.  Many more episodes are coming with information about RETA Chapters and Safety Days for Ammonia Refrigeration Training.

Topics discussed in this episode include:

Tips on starting a RETA chapter
What happens at a typical RETA meeting
Importance of getting involved
Knowledge is Power
Ammonia Safety Day
Video Recording the RETA Meeting
Linkedin group “Ammonia Refrigeration Operators”



Location:  Northwest Technical Institute Ammonia Building

604 Bain Street, Springdale, AR 72765-2000

Date: 1/13/2011

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00PM

RETA’s:  website www.RETA.com

Find RETA Chapters:  http://www.reta.com/chapters/chapterlist2.php

Contact Mike for more information on the NW Arkansas RETA Chapter, Safety Days, or any general refrigeration question.

Work: 479-878-5517
Home: 479-925-7193
Email:  michael.gannon@donscoldstorage.com

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GCAP “CoolCast” Episode 13: CalARP vs. PSM / RMP Part 2

by on Jan.03, 2011, 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
PHA:  Process Hazard Analysis
UMC: Uniform Mechanical Code
IMC: International Mechanical Code
CMC: California Mechanical Code
CalEMA: California Emergency Management Agency
Diffusion tank technology
Atmospheric Diffusion
Emergency Pressure Control System
HAZOP Study: Hazard and Operability Study
what if? checklist

Contact Peter Thomas at

Contact Jeremy Williams at

For information on CalARP Regulations visit

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