ATLANTA DISTRIBUTION CENTER - Executive Summary
Atlanta Distribution Center |
Division of SUPERVALU INC
The spill and release prevention program at the SUPERVALU INC Atlanta Distribution Center is modeled
very closely on the suggestions of the 1981 IARW Operations Manual.
Our preventive maintenance program is the primary means of preventing uncontrollable releases of
ammonia.The following items are key elements to the success of the preventive maintenance program.
The items are listed at random, each item being of equal importance.
Ammonia Piping,Vessels and Equipment
1. All ammonia piping is identified by "YELLOW" exterior color and is properly
labeled to indicate relative pressure, state of the refrigerant, and application.
2. All valves are properly tagged and listed on the prints. Charts are provided
to identify their intended purpose.
3. Employees are trained not to climb or walk on the piping.
4. Any piping which may be exposed to mechanical damage is protected by guards
visual signs, and employee awareness.
5. Insulation systems are maintained to workable standards.
6. Inspections are done at recommended intervals for all system components.
7. Only approved maintenance procedures and materials are used.
8. All pressure relief valves are inspected annually and replaced every 5 years.
Our facility has 24hour-7day a week security coverage. Together with the maintenance department
this provides our front line of detection and emergency response to an ammonia emergency. Security
will be notified in the event of an ammonia emergency by anyone detecting the presence of ammonia
n their work area. Security in turn will notify the maintenance department , fire dept, and the senior
supervisor on duty. The senior supervisor will order an evacuation of the building and verify that all employees are accounted for upon reaching the designated assembly area. Security will immediately secure the premises allowing only essential or emergency personnel to enter the premises. When the Maintenance Manager or his delegated substitute arrives he will assume overall command of the situation.
The maintenance department will assemble at the rear of the maintenance area and the plan of attack
will be devised. There are three objectives to our emergency plan:
1.Remove anyone trapped in the affected area
2.Locate the source of the leak
3.Halt any further release of the ammonia
The maintenance department consists of the following personnel:
1. 1 manager with 27 years ex
perience in the refrigeration and warehouse industry
2. 2 refrigeration technicans with 40 years combined experience in the refrigeration
3. 5 building trades mechanics with over 100 years combined experience in the
The maintenance department members are trained to respond to any and all emercency situations
which may occur in this facility. Ammonia Emergency Procedure Manuals are available in strategic
locations to be used when needed. The maintenance department members are trained annually in
emergency procedural tactics, PPE, and loss prevention.