ASTI: SAFETY DAYS

WHAT ARE SAFETY DAYS?

This 8 hour conference style presentation is a free safety conference held all over the country by the generous donations of both National and Local sponsors.

Our content and agendas are designed with you, the end-user, the firefighter, and the regulator in mind. We spend many hours behind the scenes collaborating with local hosts to help find local topics that are relevant to you and your organization.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I get any Credit for attending?

The ASTI Safety Day counts for 8 hours of continuing education (CE) credits toward your RETA certifications (CARO/ CIRO).

Why do we invite regulators?

While this has been a question that we are asked frequently, having a forum that is safe to ask questions to local regulators outside your facility is both beneficial to you and to the regulators. Not only do they see your dedication to safety but it also allows for a open communication regarding local information and regulations. We almost always receive positive feedback from the regulators about the training and the experience that they have.

Why do we invite firefighters?

Our roots are deeply tied to the fire industry and helping them also understand the hazard, risks, and threats that are associated with ammonia. These first responders should not be meeting facility personnel in the moment of crisis or a leak, but prior to any event. A strong relationship with the firefighters and inviting them to drill with your facility is part of the vision and mission of ASTI to make ammonia the most safely managed chemicals in the world.

What is covered in Safety Day Training
  • Hazard Analysis Quick Guide for emergency responders
  • Life Safety Plan – setting proper Initial Isolation and Protective Action Zones
  • Dealing with downwind receptors
  • Health and emergency medical – proper decontamination and readiness for transport
  • Valve and piping problems that leads to emergency events
  • Dealing with high pressure system circumstances
  • Mastering the emergency shut-down procedure
  • Jose Mata Story – the value of proper decon and medical treatment
  • Building readiness to engage the Hazmat Tech team
  • Integrating with public safety responders
  • Crisis communications
  • PPE and monitoring options – selection and proper use
  • Fixed monitoring systems – selection, maintenance, and use
  • Four phases of emergency response of the 30-Minute Plan
  • Managing a simulated emergency event using the One Plan Checklists
  • Panel Discussion – regulators and public safety (LEPC, SERC, EPA, NRC, and OSHA)
  • Emergency events – Lessons learned
  • The value and importance of safely escaping to safe refuge or shelter in place
  • Engaging emergency control and containment using the SIMPLE Playbook
  • Transportation related emergency response concerns – methods of control and containment

Safety Day History

For more than two decades the Ammonia Safety & Training Institute has been an internationally recognized leader in developing emergency response protocols and training for the safe response to ammonia emergencies.

We are proud that our work has greatly improved the way facility employees and first responders address ammonia emergencies. Our instructors train an average of 3,000 to 5,000 people each year.

Our focus on emergency management is to “prevent them all or stop them small.” This approach has saved industry millions of dollars in damages and, more importantly, protected lives.

Over the last three years ASTI has successfully trained an average of 2,000 industrial and public safety responders in twelve 8-hour Safety Day training sessions throughout the U.S. and Canada.

The ASTI Ammonia Safety Cycle

Hazards Chemical and Physical
Risks Life, Environment, Property
Threats Fire, Chemical Release, Explosion

Prevent Housekeeping and Storage
Mitigate Monitoring and Built-in Controls
Prepare Life Safety and Emergency Shutdown

The sponsorship of these industry-leading companies helps us continue our mission to make ammonia (NH3) the safest managed hazardous material in the world. We invite you to learn more about them and the benefits of becoming an ASTI sponsor.

About ASTI

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.