This session will cover the fire and explosion at the Tesoro Anacortes Refinery in April 2010 and the Chemical Safety Board’s findings. Two related but different causes resulted in the loss of life: high temperature hydrogen attack caused the vessel rupture, explosion, and fire but bad sealing practices caused the presence of the personnel who lost their lives.
Review safety culture;
Discuss ways sealing practices affect safety;
Apply best practices to promote sealing safety.
Ron Frisard graduated from Northeastern University in Boston with a degree in mechanical engineering technology in 1989. Before joining the A.W. Chesterton Company, Frisard worked for Newport News Shipbuilding as a design engineer on the propulsion systems for aircraft carriers. He has worked for Chesterton for the last 28 years in all facets of mechanical packing. Frisard held positions in application engineering, research and development, and global training before accepting a marketing position as a field product manager in 2013. He is currently responsible for Chesterton’s valve packing, pump packing, and gasketing marketing, including product line management and new product introduction.