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Engineering Professional Development

Ammonia Refrigeration System Safety See upcoming dates

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.


"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

Course Outline

Characteristics of Ammonia, Fluorochemicals, Hydrocarbons

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

Practical Overview of Systems

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

Safety and Your Machinery Room 

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

Elements for a Successful Program

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

EPA Risk Management Program: Achieving Compliance and Operational Safety 

  • 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

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