How to stay healthy while working in an Ammonia environment?

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How to stay healthy while working in an Ammonia environment?

Post by muthukumar » Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:21 pm

As a Chemical Engineer we do have to work in hazardous environment.
So how to stay healthy and also prevent from illness while working?

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Re: How to stay healthy while working in an Ammonia environment?

Post by irsan » Wed Nov 08, 2017 12:45 pm

Keep happy under work stress and stay sincere during work :)

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Re: How to stay healthy while working in an Ammonia environment?

Post by Nightingale » Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:43 am

You usually get some guidelines in every workplace environment that warns you about the dangers of that particular workplace. Just make sure you follow the guidelines and apply reason at all times and you'll be fine.

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Re: How to stay healthy while working in an Ammonia environment?

Post by Stephbaker » Wed Dec 26, 2018 1:00 pm

Yes, the hazards of working with ammonia are huge. Training everyone is a must when handling chemicals. Chemicals should not be taken lightly. To answer your question, I do not think working with ammonia takes a toll on your health. It is not like a radioactive compound which might affect you if you were exposed to it. Ammonia is corrosive to the eyes, skin and lungs. Inhalation and acute exposure can cause many health issues like swelling and accumulation of fluids in the lungs, irritation while respiring, etc. Hence safety measures need to be taken so that you are not exposed to ammonia directly. For this, you need to wear proper safety gear while working with ammonia like a face mask, gloves, eye goggles, etc. Proper ventilation is a must and also using proper equipment for storing or while working with ammonia is important. Having a training on what can be done in case of a leak or spill is vital. Ammonia is such an important part of chemistry that we cannot discard it due to it being hazardous in nature. Hence ammonia market is moving up due to the expansion and advent of new technologies. Even ammonia price trend has been increasing as the years have been passing with the demand increasing. It has so many applications that I think everyone should have sufficient training to take precautions and to prevent accidents. With the demands increasing and the technology getting advanced, more number of applications might be developed which insists on precaution for workers.

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Re: How to stay healthy while working in an Ammonia environment?

Post by md.jahangiralam » Mon Mar 04, 2019 5:01 pm

@ muthukumar,
1. Use appropriate PPE while working.
2. Read MSDS of each hazardous item before dealing with it.
3. Follow SOP while doing any job.
4. Operate plant following SOP/Checksheet/HIRA, etc.
5. In general don't be absent mind while staying in plant premises.
6. Finally best of luck and seek grace by Almighty!

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Re: How to stay healthy while working in an Ammonia environment?

Post by RajkumarKulkarni » Wed Apr 03, 2019 4:49 am

My suggestions
1. For working in plant, keep exercising to maintain your body for requirements of plants operations and maintenance, both mental and physical. As its a 24 X 7 job and working at odd times is not unusual.
2. Know the process, understand the logic of operation at particular set parameters, have complete information about limiting operating conditions.
3. Make your collogues and subordinates also to have feel of the plant performance and response to any changes. This will make you available pool of people helping you in your job with confidence.
4. Carry out mock drills in all kinds of probable emergencies i.e. fire, failure of any pipe line, equipment, safety device, machines, DCS etc. Act on the result of the out come of the emergency drills to make the situation and actions more effective.
5. Never ever believe in any one instrument / parameter. Always corelate with other connected parameters to accept the values shown.
6. Do carry out periodic scheduled checking of stand by equipment, machines, interlocks, critical instrument calibrations etc. to make them work most of the time.
7. Before incorporating any change / modifications, involve persons of all levels from all disciplines including laboratory, plant health services, technical services, fire and safety group for their inputs to prepare a proper modification plan on paper with all drawings, technical specifications with approvals from competent persons. After incorporating the modifications, study the results and ensure it is resulting in to getting desired objective and not introducing some other unwanted situations. Also, do HAZOP before and after the modifications.
8. Always ensure modernizing the plants with introduction of new available and proven technologies / instruments / machines for meeting energy conservation / ease of operation / better fire fighting capabilities etc.

9. Maintenance group must know the basic process, different sections (Including operating parameters, interlocks (auto start of machine, closure of any valve etc.), solation schemes, safety system / tagging, always work with safety work permits and follow instructions given, have proper tools and experienced manpower and have minute details work out considering all eventualities. Never open and connections / joints as there can be trapped pressure and hence, make small gap to confirm there are no hidden hazards, learn to read different instruments installed on the system for confirming safe working.

10. Have knowledge,location and use of safety system (Fire hydrants, fire hoses, wind socks, Safety showers, BA sets, Portable hazardous gas monitors, oxygen monitors, important emergency contact numbers, public aggress system, etc..)
11. Practice and develop confidence in basic first aid treatments (Exposure to ammonia on body, inhalation, acid burn, fracture etc.).
12. All of the above and presence of mind, use of appropriate PPE, information on escape routes and, many a times, common sense will help working in plant a healthier experience.

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