houstonlogo rjilogo

The Right-to-Know Network

Back to search

Airgas Specialty Products Inc., Holden, LA

Parent Companies:
Airgas Specialty Products Inc.
Airgas Inc.
EPA Facility ID:
100000066279
Other ID:
Facility DUNS:
0
Parent Company #1 DUNS:
0
Parent Company #2 DUNS:
24492860

Location:

Address:
Highway 190 - 23805 Florida Blvd
Holden, LA 70744
County:
LIVINGSTON
Lat / Long:
30.505, -90.631 (Get map)
Method:
Interpolation - Photo
Description:
Center of Facility
Horizonal accuracy:
25 m
Horizontal reference datum:
North American Datum of 1983
Source map scale:
24000

Owner/Operator:

Name:
Airgas Specialty Products Inc.
Phone:
(770) 717-2200
Address:
6340 Sugarloaf Pkwy
Suite 300
Duluth, GA 30097
Foreign Address:

Person responsible for RMP implementation:

Name:
Butch Johnson
Title:
Southern Region Manager

Emergency contact:

Name:
Robert Townsend
Title:
Lead Driver
Phone:
(225) 567-1000
24-hour phone:
(800) 528-4963
Ext or PIN:

Other contacts:

Facility (or company) email:
Facility phone:
Facility (or company) URL:

Safety:

Local Emergency Planning Committee:
Livingston Parish LEPC
Full-Time Equivalent Employees:
1
Covered by OSHA PSM:
Yes
EPCRA section 302:
Yes
CAA Title Air Operating Permit:
No
CAA Permit ID#:
OSHA Star/Merit Ranking
No
Last Safety Inspection Date:
Jan. 27, 2003
Inspecting Agency:
State environmental agency
Using Predictive Filing:
No

Processes:

Ammonia Distribution
RMP ID:
62223
CBI claimed:
No
Program Level:
3
NAICS:
Other Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers (42469)
Chemical name
CAS#
Quantity (lbs.)
CBI
Ammonia (anhydrous)
7664-41-7
350,000
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No

RMP Preparer:

Name:
Ray Cannon
Address:
6015 Rogers Road
Cumming, GA 30040
Foreign Address:

Phone:
(770) 664-6498

Latest RMP Submission:

Date:
July 5, 2005
Type:
Correction of existing RMP
Reason:
Notification of facility ownership change
Registered:
No
RMP ID:
43262

Deregistration:

Date:
Effective Date:
Reason:
Source reduced inventory of all regulated substances below TQs
Other Reason:

2. Toxics: Worst-case

Some Risk Management Plan information is not provided in the available RMP data. You need to make an appointment at an EPA Reading Room In order to get access to details from the Off-Site Consequence Analysis (OCA) such as:

Instructions on how to make an EPA appointment can be found here.

Public OCA Chemical (in Ammonia Distribution)
CBI claimed:
No
Percent weight:
Physical state:
Gas liquified by pressure
Model used:
EPA's RMP*Comp(TM)
Release duration (mins):
10.00
Wind speed (meters per sec):
1.5
Stability class:
F
Topography:
Urban
Passive mitigation
considered:
  • Water Cannons
not considered:
  • Dikes
  • Enclosures
  • Berms
  • Drains
  • Sumps

3. Toxics: Alternative release

Some Risk Management Plan information is not provided in the available RMP data. You need to make an appointment at an EPA Reading Room In order to get access to details from the Off-Site Consequence Analysis (OCA) such as:

Instructions on how to make an EPA appointment can be found here.

Public OCA Chemical (in Ammonia Distribution)
CBI claimed:
No
Percent weight:
Physical state:
Gas liquified by pressure
Model used:
EPA's RMP*Comp(TM)
Wind speed (meters per sec):
3.00
Stability class:
D
Topography:
Urban
Passive mitigation
considered:
  • None
not considered:
  • Dikes
  • Enclosures
  • Berms
  • Drains
  • Sumps
Active mitigation
considered:
  • Excess flow valve
  • Emergency shutdown
not considered:
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Deluge systems
  • Water curtain
  • Neutralization
  • Flares
  • Scrubbers

4. Flammables: Worst-case

None

5. Flammables: Alternative release

None

6. Five-year accident history

No Registered Accidents

7. Prevention: Program level 3

Ammonia Distribution, Other Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers (42469)
Prevention Program ID:
36219
Safety Review Date
Sept. 16, 2002, since latest RMP submission
PHA Update Date
June 17, 2004, since latest RMP submission
PHA Techniques
  • What if/Checklist
Hazards Identified
  • Toxic release
  • Overpressurization
  • Corrosion
  • Overfilling
  • Contamination
  • Equipment failure
Process Controls
  • Relief Valves
  • Check Valves
  • Manual Shutoffs
  • Automatic Shutoffs
  • Interlocks
  • Alarms
  • Excess Flow Device
Mitigation Systems
  • None
Monitoring Systems
  • Process Area
  • Perimeter Monitors
Changes since PHA
  • None
Training Type
  • None
Competency Testing
  • Written Test
  • Observation
Procedure Review Date
Sept. 12, 2003, since latest RMP submission
Training Review Date
Aug. 7, 2002, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Review Date
Sept. 27, 2003, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Inspection Date
May 1, 2005, since latest RMP submission
Equipment Tested
Yes
Management of Change Most Recent Date
None
Management of Change Review Date
Aug. 6, 1998
Pre-startup Review Date
None
Compliance Audit Date
Oct. 2, 2002
Compliance Audit Change Completion Date
None
Incident Investigation Date
None
Incident Invest. Change Completion Date
None
Participation Plan Review Date
June 16, 1998
Hot Work Review Date
June 16, 1998
Contractor Safety Review Date
None, since latest RMP submission
Contractor Safety Eval. Date
None, since latest RMP submission

8. Prevention Program level 2

No Prevention Program level 2

9. Emergency response

Facility In Community Plan:
No
Facility Own Response Plan:
No
Specific Facility Response Plan:
Yes
Inform. Procedures in Response Plan:
No
Emergency Care in Response Plan:
Yes
Plan Review Date:
Response Training Date:
Dec. 4, 2002
Local Response Agency:
Local Response Agency Phone:
(504) 686-2241
Subject To - OSHA EAP:
No
Subject To - OSHA HAZWOPER:
Yes
Subject To - CWA:
No
Subject To - RCRA:
No
Subject To - OPA:
No
Subject To - State EPCRA:
Yes
Subject To - Other:

Executive Summary

Executive Summary for Airgas Specialty Products Inc.'s Holden, LA Distribution Center

1. Accidental Release Prevention and Emergency Action Policies
Airgas Specialty Products Inc. is committed to compliance with all laws and regulations, the safety of employees and the public as well as the protection of the environment. This commitment is demonstrated by a comprehensive ammonia release prevention program that includes areas such as system design, installation, operating procedures, maintenance procedures, security and a comprehensive employee training program associated with all ammonia processes. Airgas Specialty Products policy is for all facilities to meet ANSI K61.1 standards for "Safety Requirements for The Storage and Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia". Company policy also requires the implementation of appropriate controls to prevent releases of ammonia to the atmosphere. Airgas Specialty Products strives to prevent emergency situations, but maintains an Emergency Action Plan to be prepared should an emergency situation develop.

2. The Stationary Source and the Regulated Substances Handled
The primary business at the subject facility is the Distribution of Anhydrous Ammonia. Ammonia is not produced at the subject facility; rather it is received via rail as a liquefied compressed gas. Ammonia is stored in ASME code pressure vessels and the storage and handling system meets OSHA, EPA and ANSI K61.1 requirements. Very little ammonia is released to the atmosphere at this facility. Ammonia storage and transfer operations are accomplished in totally enclosed pressure systems designed to meet all code requirements.
The maximum inventory of Anhydrous Ammonia at the Holden, LA facility is 350,000 lb. All product is shipped from the facility over the road in DOT approved cylinders or vessels.

3. The General Accidental Release Prevention Program and the Chemical-Specific Prevention Steps
Airgas Specialty Products Inc. has implemented the accidental release prevention
requirements set forth in 40 CFR part 68 and Process Safety Management requirements set forth in 29 CFR 1910.119. All LaRoche facilities are constructed and operated in accord with AMERICAN NATIONAL STANDARD SAFETY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE STORAGE AND HANDLING OF ANHYDROUS AMMONIA (ANSI K61.1). The following sections briefly describe the elements of the release prevention program that is in place at the subject facility.

Process Safety Information
Airgas Specialty Products Inc. maintains a detailed file of safety information that describes the chemical hazards, operating parameters and equipment designs associated with all pertinent operations.

Process Hazard Analysis Airgas Specialty Products Inc. conducts comprehensive Process Hazard Analysis studies to ensure that hazards associated with its operations are identified and controlled efficiently. The studies are undertaken by a team of qualified personnel with expertise in engineering and process operations and are revalidated at intervals no less frequently than required by regulations (5-yr intervals), and even more frequently if needed. Conclusions and recommendations of the hazard analysis are addressed in a timely manner.

Operating Procedures
Airgas Specialty Products Inc. develops and maintains written operating procedures (SOPs) for all phases of ammonia related operations. These procedures address all modes of operation including, but not limited to, initial startup, normal operations, temporary operations, emergency operations, emergency shutdown, normal shutdown and maintenance procedures. The procedures are reviewed annually and are readily available to all operators involved in the ammonia operation.

Training
Airgas Specialty Products Inc. has a comprehensive on-line training program coupled with on-the-job training to ensure that employees are competent t
o perform the operating procedures that they participate in. Refresher training is provided every three years and even more often if needed.

Mechanical Integrity Airgas Specialty Products Inc. performs documented mechanical integrity checks on process equipment to ensure proper and safe operations. Process equipment examined by these checks includes (but is not limited to); pressure vessels, storage tanks, piping systems, relief and vent systems, emergency shutdown systems, controls and pumps. Maintenance operations are carried out by qualified personnel with previous training in pertinent maintenance practices. Specialized training is also provided to maintenance personnel as needed. All identified equipment deficiencies are corrected in a safe and timely manner.

Management of Change
Written procedures are in place at Airgas Specialty Products Inc. to manage changes in process chemicals, technology, equipment and procedures. Process operators, maintenance personnel or any other employee whose job tasks are influenced by a modification in process conditions are promptly made aware of and offered training to deal with the modification. The Management of Change process helps insure that proper parts and equipment are always used in operations.

Pre-startup Reviews
Pre-startup safety reviews related to new processes and to modifications in established processes are conducted as a standard practice at Airgas Specialty Products Inc. These reviews are conducted to confirm that construction, equipment, operating and maintenance procedures are suitable for safe startup prior to placing equipment into operation.

Compliance Audits
Airgas Specialty Products Inc. conducts routine audits to determine/confirm compliance with PSM / RMP regulations. The most recent compliance audit was conducted on 10-02-2002. These audits are con
ducted at least every 3 years and any corrective actions required are undertaken in a safe and timely manner.

Incident Investigation
Airgas Specialty Products Inc. promptly investigates incidents that resulted in, or could reasonably result in, the release of ammonia to the atmosphere or human injury. The investigations are undertaken to identify situations contributing to the incident, and to identify corrective actions needed to prevent similar events from reoccurring. All reports are retained for a minimum of 5 years.

Employee Participation
Airgas Specialty Products Inc. believes that Process Safety Management and accident prevention is a team effort. All employees are strongly encouraged to express their views concerning accident prevention issues and to recommend improvements. In addition, all employees have access to all information created as part of the facility's implementation of Process Safety Management and Risk Management Plan regulations, including information resulting from process hazard analyses in particular. Local employees participate in Process Hazard Analyses (PHAs) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) reviews.

Contractors
On very few occasions, Airgas Specialty Products employs contractors to conduct specialized maintenance and construction activities. Prior to selecting a contractor, a thorough evaluation of safety performance of the contractor is carried out. Airgas Specialty Products Inc. has a strict policy of informing the contractors of known potential hazards related to the contractor's work. Relevant Material Safety Data Sheets are made available to and reviewed with contractors and their onsite workers. Contractors are also informed of all the procedures for emergency response should an accidental release of ammonia occur.

5. Five-year Accident History
Airgas Specialty Products Inc. has an excellent record of preventing releases of ammonia to the atmosphere. Due to our stringent release prevention policies, the number of acci
dental releases has been reduced to a minimum. There have not been any RMP defined accidents at the Holden, LA facility in the past five years.

6. Emergency Action Plan
Airgas Specialty Products Inc. has a written Emergency Action Plan to deal with accidental releases of anhydrous ammonia (the only hazardous chemical onsite). The plan includes procedures for informing all onsite personnel, notification of emergency response agencies and neighbors. It also includes suggested personal protective equipment, evacuation procedures, emergency shutdown procedures, and post -incident recovery procedures. Copies of the Emergency Action Plan have been supplied to the Livingston, LA Parrish LEPC. In addition, Tier 2 Chemical Inventory reports are supplied to the LEPC, the Holden, LA fire department and to the Livingston, LA fire department annually.

7. Safety Features
Safety features in place at the Holden, LA facility include: A number of security features are in place to prevent acts by vandals and criminals. All vessels are equipped with pressure relief valves. Emergency shut-down valves and switches are in place, electronic ammonia leak detectors are installed at strategic locations and water cannons and/or fog nozzles are readily available for use in emergencies.