Established in 1987, the Ammonia Safety & Training Institute (ASTI) is a 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to making ammonia (NH3) the safest managed hazardous material in the world. Bringing together leaders from industry and public safety organizations with hundreds of years of combined experience, ASTI provides safety management support through effective use of Prevention, Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery (PMPRR) training. All courses meet OSHA standards.
The Jose Mata Story
Jose Mata arrived to his job on what he thought would be a normal day. He never could have guessed the events that would unfold. As he worked a condenser nearby him failed and released almost 400 pounds of anhydrous ammonia completely engulfing his body in a dense gas cloud. He had only seconds to make the decisions that would save his life. Decisions he learned from years of training. This is a story you will never forget!
Jose Mata's story is a heart rending reality of just how quickly life can change. Having trained co-workers on-site and available to respond with immediate first aid care may have very well saved his life. These are true acts of heroism. The message of safety and the importance of training have never been more real. I'm inspired by the courage and bravery that Jose demonstrated while fighting these injuries and being strong for his family; and for allowing me (and so many others) the opportunity to learn and grow from his experiences.- Shane T. Burkhart, Director of Corporate Safety and ComplianceHill Brothers Chemical Company
This is a MUST SEE video for any and all maintenance or refrigeration personnel that work with or around anhydrous ammonia. It grabs you in a way that you can only understand by watching it! The message is spot on and the production truly is award worthy! Well Done!
The Ammonia Safety & Training Institute's First 30 Minute Plan was highlighted and featured in IIAR's May Issue of the Condenser. Here are more highlighted topics that the Condenser covered around Emergency Response:
The First 30 Minutes: Know What to Do Before the Clock Starts Ticking
In an emergency situation, the correct response in the first thirty minutes will effectively contain most potential threats, before they have enough time to grow into an unmanageable problem. Your outcome depends on your plan. Is it ready for action?
Technical Paper: Personal Protective Equipment for NH3 Releases Less Than 15,000 PPM of Vapor
The Ammonia Safety and Training Institute said it is recommending that OSHA approve a performance-based personal protective equipment ensemble rather than relying exclusively on one of the four levels of personal protective equipment created by the EPA…
Letter from the Editor
The phrase “emergency response” and the bright hue we often associate with a warning can be jarring. But warnings, in whatever form they come, are vital to our safety, because they remind us to take stock of the resources around us and proceed with caution, armed with the tools we need to avoid a threat or render it inert…
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