Process Safety Management Violations

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 @ 03:12 PM gHale

Honeywell Electronic Chemicals LLC is facing $53,000 for 10 serious safety and health violations at the company’s facility in Mansfield, TX, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA’s Fort Worth Area Office personnel opened an investigation at the company’s facility at U.S. Highway 287 North as a part of the agency’s national emphasis program on process safety management, known as PSM, for covered chemical facilities. Employees suffered exposure to catastrophic releases of highly hazardous chemicals while conducting operations at the plant, officials said.

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Honeywell Electronic Chemicals, a subsidiary of Chandler, AZ-based Honeywell International Inc., employs 30 workers in Mansfield.

“This company jeopardized the safety of its employees by failing to implement OSHA’s process safety management regulations effectively,” said Jack Rector, OSHA’s area director in Fort Worth, TX. “OSHA requires employers to provide safe and healthful working conditions to prevent accidents and illnesses.”

Six serious violations all relate to PSM, and include failing to ensure process equipment complies with recognized and generally accepted good engineering practices; ensure standard operating procedures were annually certified; conduct an incident investigation within 48 hours and ensure piping and instrumentation diagrams were up-to-date.

Four additional serious violations involve failing to ensure emergency exits were properly marked, confined spaces were identified by signage, the location of fire extinguishers were properly labeled and that hazardous containers were properly labeled. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

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