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Introduction to Advanced Back Calculation

What comes to mind when there is a toxic chemical release? The most obvious responses involve evacuation or shelter in place of the people in the path of the plume. To predict the path, area, and severity of a plume impact, you need a dispersion model. The basic information required to initiate a dispersion model is weather data, identification of the chemical, and the rate of the chemical release. However, the Achille' heel of this information is the release rate specification: "How big is the hole?" SAFER Systems has developed and patented a unique scheme for estimating the release rate. The algorithm to implement the scheme is called Advanced Back Calculation® (ABC). The idea basically involves “reverse engineering” a dispersion model. While we usually input the release rate to the dispersion model and obtain the concentration field for the plume-impacted area, in ABC we utilize the concentration field data to estimate the release rate.


Hand Protection: Consumers Opting for Safety, Comfort or Price?

Due to this economic crisis, many manufacturing facilities have started to move away to other regions where manufacturing and labor costs are low. The severity of the situation is compounded by the fact that many industries experience closures and reduced demand for their products or services, consequently reducing the number of employees. As a result there are fewer workers to protect and fewer opportunities for glovem anufacturers to sell their products. Under these circumstances, it is difficult to convince end users to upgrade protective equipment for the task they are performing because, in almost all cases, an upgrade means spending more for hand protection.


Guide to Atmospheric Monitoring in Confined Spaces

Atmospheric hazards in a confined space that expose entrants to a risk, such as death, entrapment, injury, or acute illness.


Customer Success Story: Furmanite

As the worldwide leader in on-site and on-line plant and pipeline maintenance, Furmanite's core mission is to "maximize asset uptime" for its customers. Its broad array of specialized technical services and proprietary technology are critical to the operation and financial success of some of the world’s largest companies in the refining, chemical and petrochemical, oil and gas, power generation, pulp and paper, pharmaceutical, and national defense industries. Headquartered in Richardson, Texas, Furmanite has over 1,400 employees working from over 70 field service offices on six continents.


Customer Success Story: Johns Manville

Johns Manville, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a leading manufacturer and marketer of premium-quality building insulation, commercial roofing, roof insulation, and specialty products for commercial, industrial, and residential applications. In business since 1858, the Denver-based company has annual sales in excess of $2 billion and holds leadership positions in all of the key markets that it serves. Johns Manville employs approximately 7,800 people and operates 41 manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and China.


Customer Success Story: Gemaire Group

Gemaire Group, headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Florida, distributes HVAC- related equipment, parts and supplies to a nationwide network of contractors. Founded in 1969 as a single warehouse in Boca Raton, Florida, Gemaire Group employs nearly 1,000 people throughout its distribution chain of 92 showroom branche.


Consider Cost vs. Price When Purchasing Hand Protection Products

Everyone wants a bargain, especially in tough economic times. However, purchasing managers and others should take heed when buying personal protective equipment (PPE), including gloves, because sometimes an inexpensive product will actually cost more over time.




Finding the Most Suitable Chemical Resistant Gloves for the Application

Workers in the chemical processing and handling industry could certainly benefit from the "perfect" glove. The glove would be thick enough for thermal insulation, thin enough to promote dexterity and tough enough to protect workers from cuts and abrasion. It would also protect against all known chemicals and offered at a minimal price.The problem is that such a glove does not exist.


PPE Questions Addressed for Chemical Applications

Using the right personal protective equipment (PPE)—and disposing of it properly—is especially important in chemical plants where workers may be exposed to harsh and even dangerous chemicals. Below are questions often asked about selecting and using hand protection products and apparel in processing and handling applications.