Ammonia Refrigeration System Safety

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Course Overview

Learn from experts of the U.S. Department of Labor and Environmental Protection Agency to help assure you have a thorough understanding of regulations related to ammonia refrigeration systems. You will also learn best practices for ammonia system safety and operation and how to avoid operational risks, which will benefit your organization.

Who Should Attend?

  • PSM coordinators and other plant safety personnel 
  • Refrigeration system operators 
  • Plant, process, facilities, and applications engineers 
  • Contractors and refrigeration service technicians 
  • Environmental managers 
  • Plant managers and others with operations responsibility for facilities with ammonia systems

Additional Information

This course is part of the Process Safety Management Professional Certificate. Increase your knowledge and effectiveness at managing PSM/RMP programs for your ammonia refrigerated facility, while earning a recognized credential. Course can be taken individually as well.

Course Outline

Day 1

Registration Course Introduction – Douglas T. Reindl, professor and director, Industrial Refrigeration Consortium (IRC) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison

Characteristics of Ammonia, Fluorochemicals, Hydrocarbons – Doug Reindl

  • Physical properties
  • Thermodynamic properties of ammonia
  • Health effects
  • Flammability considerations

Practical Overview of Systems – Doug Reindl

  • System types
  • High-side components
  • Low-side components

Safety and Your Machinery Room – Doug Reindl

  • Emergency ventilation
  • Emergency showers/eyewash
  • PRVs
  • Other machinery room considerations

Codes and standards Safety and Your Machinery Room (Continued) – Doug Reindl

Questions and Answers – Staff

Day 2

OSHA Process Safety Management (PSM): Key

Elements for a Successful Program – Mike Marshall –US Department of Labor’s Office of Chemical Process Safety and Enforcement Initiatives, Frederick T. Elder, PhD, PE, President, Frederick T. Elder and Associates, Douglas Reindl, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UW–Madison

  • What is PSM?
  • When is compliance mandatory?
  • Assessing risks
  • Accident prevention

OSHA PSM Program (Continued) – Staff Questions and Answers – Staff

Day 3

EPA Risk Management Program: Achieving Compliance and Operational Safety – Monika Chrzaszcz - US Environmental Protection Agency

  • What is it?
  • When is compliance mandatory? General Applicability
  • Applicability of program levels
  • Prevention program (program 2 and program 3)
  • Management system
  • Five-year accident history
  • Offsite consequence analysis
  • A look at ALOHA computer program
  • Risk management plan (documentation requirements)
  • Review and update

EPA Risk Management Plan (Continued) – Monika Chrzaszcz


"Opened my eyes and mind to all types of issues that our ammonia system could cause—and ways to prevent them."
James Rogan, Rich Products

"A great course to get me up to speed in PSM and RMP."
Patrick Abshier, Pinnacle Foods Group

"Everything that was discussed at this course will help me improve our current programs."
George Pecenica, Gusto Packing Company

"Great class. I wish I could have had this class sooner!"
Scott Mason, Wells Dairy


Douglas Reindl

Douglas Reindl, PhD, PE is a professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and a Program Director at the Office of Engineering Professional Development at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has extensive experience in mechanical systems – including industrial ammonia refrigeration systems. As the founding director of the Industrial Refrigeration Consortium, he works extensively to improve the safety, efficiency, reliability, and productivity of ammonia refrigeration infrastructure. Dr. Reindl received his BS in mechanical engineering technology from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, MS in mechanical engineering from UW–Madison, and PhD in mechanical engineering from UW–Madison. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Wisconsin.

Frederick Elder

Dr. Elder received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas, a master’s degree from Wichita State University, and a Ph.D from UW-Madison, all in Mechanical Engineering. He has extensive experience in safety including Process Safety Management and its application to ammonia refrigeration systems. He regularly serves as an instructor for the OSHA Training Institute. Dr. Elder is a registered professional engineer in the State of Wisconsin.

Mike Marshall

Michael Marshall, PE is PSM professional within OSHA’s Office of Chemical Process Safety and Enforcement Initiatives. His duties involve coordinating agency process safety enforcement and investigation activities. During his more than 32 years with OSHA, he has investigated several major catastrophes in the ammonia refrigeration, chemical, petrochemical, and refining industries. Prior to working at OSHA, Mike worked for 5 years in private industry in oil/gas well servicing, and as a civil engineer. Mike holds a BSCE from North Dakota State University.

Upcoming dates (1)

Apr. 5-9, 2021

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Program Director

Douglas Reindl


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