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(as of 2/16/2018)

Plant Tour: Carbide Industries LLC

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CGA/GAWDA Acetylene and Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety Seminar
June 5-6, 2018

Preliminary Program (as of 2/16/2018) (Subject to change)

Tuesday, June 5

7:30 am — Registration Opens/Breakfast
7:30 am-7:00 pm — Tabletop Exhibits
8:30 am-5:00 pm — General Session
12:00 pm — Lunch
6:00 pm — Reception

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Dan Wharton, Acetylene Committee Chairman; Plant Manager, Carbide Industries LLC
Jack Butler, Seminar Chairman; President/CEO, Butler Gas Products
Richard A. Craig, Vice President, Technical and Regulatory Affairs, Compressed Gas Association

Keynote Address: Progression of the Industry
Jack Butler, Seminar Chairman; President/CEO, Butler Gas Products

NFPA Codes: Update Procedures
Rob Early, Technical Manager, Compressed Gas Association
— Explains the work process for submitting changes for National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes and standards as well as CGA’s use of ad hoc code committees (AHCCs) for submitting changes to NFPA.

Process Safety in Acetylene and Liquefied Petroleum Gas Operations
Shaun LaGrange, Corporate Process Safety Manager, Praxair, Inc.
— An overview of the core elements of a risk-based process safety program and its application to the industrial gas industry.

Requalification of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Cylinders
Steven T. Gentry, Regulatory Affairs Manager, Worthington Industries, Pressure Cylinders
— An overview of the practices used for the requalification of LP gas cylinders.

Acetylene and LPG Cylinder Pre-fill Inspections
Justin Hare, Regional Manager, Western International Gas & Cylinders, Inc.
— An overview of the acetylene and LPG cylinder pre-fill inspection. Discussion will focus on applicable sections of CGA C-13, Standard for Periodic Visual Inspection and Requalification of Acetylene Cylinders, and U.S. Department of Transportation and Transport Canada requirements, and include specific examples of recurring defects.

Trucking Technology: Using Modern Fleet Telematics to Coach Safe Driving Behavior
Bob Ewing, President, Red Ball Oxygen Co., Inc.
— Description to come

NFPA 58, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code
Steven T. Gentry, Regulatory Affairs Manager, Worthington Industries, Pressure Cylinders
— An overview and update on NFPA 58.

Environmental Regulations for Acetylene Plants
Ricky Abernathy, Safety Manager, Western International Gas & Cylinders, Inc.
— An overview of environmental regulation requirements for acetylene plants, including factors that determine when a plant is required to implement the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Risk Management Program (RMP) and how that differs from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Process Safety Management (PSM). The presentation will also review the general guidelines for stormwater plans for an acetylene plant.

CGA S-8, Guideline for the Safe Handling of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Cylinders, Third Edition
Larry Hollander, Vice President, Safety and Compliance, Airgas, an Air Liquide Company
— CGA S-8 is a key document offering guidance to personnel who fill, store, distribute, inspect, or requalify LPG cylinders, as well as information regarding cylinder valves and the CG-7 PRV. This presentation discusses the recent incorporation of TB-22, Guidelines for the Inspection, Maintenance, and Requalification of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Cylinders, and TB-28, Guidelines for the Safe Filling of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Cylinders, into CGA S-8.

Acetylene Compressor Fire/Explosion
Daniel Tregear, Process Manager, Air Products PLC

Out of the Fire: Requalification Safety Improvements
Abydee Butler Moore, Executive Vice President, Butler Gas Products
Travis Strebig, Lead Mechanical Engineer, Rexarc International Inc.
— Properly evacuating an acetylene cylinder is arguably the most critical step in the requalification process. Presenters will discuss the hazards of acetylene during requalification, share safety incidents that resulted from process breakdowns and shortcuts, and conclude with best practices for safe acetylene requalification.

Fires While Improperly Draining Acetylene Cylinders
Monty Rucker, General Manager, Gateway Cylinder Technologies LLC

Wednesday, June 6

7:30 am — Breakfast
8:30 am-11:30 am — Plant tour: Carbide Industries LLC
12:00 pm — Lunch
1:00 pm-5:00 pm — General Session

Tour of Carbide Industries LLC, Louisville, Kentucky

Handling a Hot Carbide Container
Corinne M. Greenberg, Environmental Manager, Carbide Industries LLC
— This presentation will walk through the steps to be taken from discovery of a “hot” container of calcium carbide to its final safe disposition.

Acetylene Properties and Requirements for Manifolding Cylinders
Kenneth Kaase, Director of Engineering, Western International Gas & Cylinders, Inc.
— A general overview of the physical properties of acetylene and how they affect system design requirements. Presentation will also cover some of the general requirements and regulations that apply to manifolding acetylene cylinders at end-user locations.

Recent Changes to CGA G-1.6, Standard for Mobile Acetylene Trailer Systems
Jason Bombard, Project Engineer, Western International Gas & Cylinders, Inc.
— A general overview of mobile acetylene trailer systems (MATS) and CGA G-1.6.  Discussion of G-1.6 will focus on changes made in the 8th edition.

Importance of Properly Solvented Cylinders
Sally Mitchell, Vice President of Engineering, Norris Cylinder Company
— Why solvent is used in acetylene cylinders and why it is important to ensure the proper solvent level is maintained throughout the life of the cylinder.

Differences Between CGA and EIGA Acetylene Standards
Keno Broeder, Senior Expert Cylinder Operations and Acetylene, The Linde Group
— An overview of current differences in the acetylene standards published by CGA and EIGA.

CGA G-1.10, Guideline for the Safe Operation of Acetylene Generators
Bruce Holman, Director of Technical Services, Rexarc International Inc.
— Overview of new CGA G-1.10.

Revisions to CGA C-13, Standard for Periodic Visual Inspection and Requalification of Acetylene Cylinders
Rob Early, Technical Manager, Compressed Gas Association
— CGA C-13 is a key document for the safe use of acetylene cylinders. It provides details to inspect and requalify cylinders to ensure their continued safe operation. This presentation explains the major changes to CGA C-13, including the conversion from a guideline to a standard and the addition of the industry minimum cylinder wall thickness.

Closing Remarks
Jack Butler, Seminar Chairman
Ned Lane, President, Gateway Cylinder Technologies, LLC, President, Gases and Welding Distributors Association