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  • October 4, 2010

    Industrial Refrigeration Technical College offers New Process Safety Management Application

    Industrial Refrigeration Technical College (IRTC), a high-tech, industrial ammonia refrigeration training facility, is pleased to offer ePSM, an Internet-based Process Safety Management/ Risk Management (PSM) program designed to help facilities comply with Environmental Protection Agency Clean Air Act and Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines through powerful analytic tools and reporting capabilities. “This is a robust organizational tool that will allow facility managers comply with industry regulations through a suite of online reports and alerts,” said IRTC’s Lead Instructor, Jay Voissem, P.E. “Users can input all relevant information through customized online inspection reports, as well as upload supporting documents, to ensure that accurate records are available.” Reminders are sent when an action is necessary to meet compliance requirements, as well as upcoming schedules of inspections and audits. In addition, the IRTC Service Department audits ePSM records and alerts clients of any missing information necessary to complete inspections. All of this information is available for users in one consolidated, secure application that is easily edited and searched. Additional ePSM program features include executive summary; employee participation/committee notes; process safety information; process hazard analysis; contractor safety; safety review; mechanical integrity; hot work permit; change management; incident investigation; emergency planning and response; compliance audits; hazard assessment; and management programs. Industrial Refrigeration Technical College (IRTC) is the top ammonia refrigeration education facility in the nation. IRTC offers educational opportunities for aspiring ammonia refrigeration technicians, as well as current technicians and operators through a combination of classroom and hands-on, real-life training in our state-of-the-art training facility. IRTC is a RETA-certified testing center. To learn more about IRTC, please call 540.941.1991 or visit us online at

  • April 25, 2010

    New $2 Million Industrial Ammonia Refrigeration Training Facility Opens in Virginia

    Industrial Refrigeration Technical College (IRTC), a high-tech, industrial ammonia training facility, has opened in Lyndhurst, Virginia, just east of Waynesboro, There are very few such training facilities in the United States, and the $2 million anhydrous ammonia operator training facility is set to be one of the top ammonia refrigeration education facilities in the nation. “We are very excited to offer this exceptional opportunity to train ammonia operators,” said Chris Shackelford, Technical Support Service Manager, IRTC. “These classes are taught by instructors with over 40 years of combined experience and will help facilities run as efficiently and safely as possible.” Industrial Refrigeration Technical College offers ammonia operator training and instruction in a classroom environment and hands-on training in their state-of-the-art, comprehensive ammonia refrigeration lab. IRTC also serves as a RETA-certified test-taking center. The ammonia operator training lab features multiple refrigeration systems; ammonia detectors and detection systems; thermosyphon oil cooling; liquid recirculators; canned pumps and open drive pumps; flooded systems; bookstep compressing; economized screw compressors; auto purgers; water treatment; emergency let down stations; blast freezers, VFD-controlled screw compressors, condensers, and evaporators; and a PLC-controlled supervisory system with HMI graphic interface. The ammonia refrigeration training facility has been designed to simulate a variety of various training scenarios and gives students the ability to apply their classroom education into "real-world" trouble-shooting situations. IRTC classroom courses focus on process safety, operation, and maintenance, as well as technical issues, sustainability, and energy-saving solutions for industrial ammonia refrigeration facilities.