Serious safety violations at a chemical plant in Arkansas have resulted in a proposed $122,000 in fines for an Indiana company. OSHA has cited West Lafayette, Ind.-based Great Lakes Chemical Corp. with 18 serious safety violations at the company’s El Dorado, Ark., facility for exposing workers to the unexpected release of bromine. OSHA’s Little Rock Area Office initiated an inspection in December under the agency’s Process Safety Management Covered Chemical Facilities National Emphasis Program, which is designed to reduce or eliminate workplace hazards associated with the catastrophic release of highly hazardous chemicals.
Process safety management standard violations include the company’s failing to ensure that its process hazard analysis addresses hazards involved with valves being closed or blocked; develop procedures to ensure that levels are correctly established for pressure vessels and piping; and ensure that the compliance audit addresses procedures to assess the mechanical integrity of pressure vessels and piping, according to OSHA. Additionally, the company failed to ensure that ladder-way platform openings were guarded by standard railings, regulators say.
Great Lakes Chemical manufactures bromine fufural specialty chemicals and alkyl leads. The company employs about 4,000 workers nationwide, with about 270 at its facility in El Dorado.
Source: Insurance Journal
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