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    · Identify the chemical properties, uses, and primary hazards associated with common oxidizers including concentrated nitric acid.

    Unit V Research Paper

    OSHA issued the Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals Standard (PSM) (29 CFR 1910.119) which contains requirements for the safe management of chemicals for companies that exceed OSHA’s threshold quantities for highly hazardous substances. This standard requires the establishment of a management program that includes conducting process hazard analyses, establishing detailed operating procedures, and includes other important requirements to mitigate the possibility of a serious, chemical related incident occurring at the facility.

    For this assignment, suppose you are a safety manager at a chemical manufacturing facility that manufactures concentrated nitric acid. You have heard that employees who load nitric acid into rail tank cars have been checking the pre-inspection checklist from the rail shipping office instead of actually inspecting the vehicles with the checklist in hand as required by the operating procedure. This has not been the first time the shipping crew has been lax about process safety-related work rules. Based on this scenario, please compose a research paper which includes the following information:

    · Identify the chemical properties, uses, and primary hazards associated with common oxidizers including concentrated nitric acid.

    · Identify important occupational exposure limits (OELs) associated with at least 3 common oxidizers.

    · Identify PSM requirements that would be useful for preventing or minimizing the consequences of a significant oxidizer related incident.

    · Using the OSHA Standard and your own experience, justify and validate the importance of the PSMstandard to your facility (if it stores and processes highly hazardous materials) or a facility that may impact your community or a near-by community. Examples might include a water treatment facility that utilizes liquefied chlorine gas, a coal fired power plant that utilizes liquefied chlorine gas for water treatment, a food processing plant with a large ammonia refrigeration system, a fertilizer manufacturing or storage facility, a chemical manufacturing facility, etc..

    Your research paper must be at least two pages in length. You are required to cite the OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.119 in your response as well as at least two other sources, one of which must come from the CSU Online Library. All sources used, including the textbook, must be referenced. Paraphrased and/or quoted materials must have accompanying citations in APA format.

    Unit V is on oxidizers. Many household cleaning chemicals are oxidizers such as hydrogen peroxide, metallic hypochlorites, matches.  To learn more on oxidizers and reactions, I encourage you to read Chapter 5 and the Unit Study Guide.


    For this unit, there is a research paper on Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals.  A link is provided under the Unit Study Guide.  Read the directions for this essay question very carefully as this is worth 15% of your total grade.


    Reading Assignments:  refer to the Course Syllabus

    Unit V Study Guide

    Chapter 5:   Principles of Chemical Reactions, pp. 140-142

    Chapter 11:  Chemistry of Some Oxidizers, pp. 421-463

    Reading Assignment (1 article) See Study Guide


    Required submittals for grading:

    Unit V Journal (Note: If your company does not have any chemicals above PSM thresholds, you still need to focus on the PSM. Just make an assumption.)

    Unit V Research Paper (refer to the Course Syllabus for directions)

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