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Occidental Chemical Corporation - Geismar Plant

Parent Companies:
Occidental Petroleum Corporation
EPA Facility ID:
100000096601
Other ID:
70734VLMNASHLA
Facility DUNS:
92681824
Parent Company DUNS:
6908354

Location:

Address:
8318 Ashland Road
Geismar, LA 70734
County:
ASCENSION
Lat / Long:
30.188, -90.982 (Get map)
Method:
Public Land Survey - Footing
Description:
Plant Entrance (General)
Horizonal accuracy:
1 m
Horizontal reference datum:
World Geodetic System of 1984
Source map scale:

Owner/Operator:

Name:
Occidental Chemical Corporation
Phone:
(225) 473-5197
Address:
8318 Ashland Road
Geismar, LA 70734 -0227
Foreign Address:

Person responsible for RMP implementation:

Name:
Linn Fink
Title:
Technical Manager

Emergency contact:

Name:
Chad Orillion
Title:
Environmental Engineer
Phone:
(225) 474-2618
24-hour phone:
(225) 473-5016
Ext or PIN:

Other contacts:

Facility (or company) email:
Facility phone:
(225) 473-5000
Facility (or company) URL:

Safety:

Local Emergency Planning Committee:
Ascension Parish LEPC
Full-Time Equivalent Employees:
490
Covered by OSHA PSM:
Yes
EPCRA section 302:
Yes
CAA Title Air Operating Permit:
Yes
CAA Permit ID#:
2921-V1,3101-V0
OSHA Star/Merit Ranking
No
Last Safety Inspection Date:
May 15, 2013
Inspecting Agency:
State environmental agency
Using Predictive Filing:
No

Processes:

CHLORINE UNIT
RMP ID:
1000035057
CBI claimed:
No
Program Level:
3
NAICS:
Alkalies and Chlorine Manufacturing (325181)
Chemical name
CAS#
Quantity (lbs.)
CBI
Chlorine
7782-50-5
1,100,000
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No
METHANES
RMP ID:
1000035058
CBI claimed:
No
Program Level:
3
NAICS:
All Other Basic Organic Chemical Manufacturing (325199)
Chemical name
CAS#
Quantity (lbs.)
CBI
Chlorine
7782-50-5
350,000
No
Methyl chloride [Methane, chloro-]
74-87-3
1,500,000
No
Chloroform [Methane, trichloro-]
67-66-3
250,000
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No
PERC/EDC
RMP ID:
1000035059
CBI claimed:
No
Program Level:
3
NAICS:
All Other Basic Organic Chemical Manufacturing (325199)
Chemical name
CAS#
Quantity (lbs.)
CBI
Chlorine
7782-50-5
12,000
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No
5CP
RMP ID:
1000035060
CBI claimed:
No
Program Level:
3
NAICS:
All Other Basic Organic Chemical Manufacturing (325199)
Chemical name
CAS#
Quantity (lbs.)
CBI
Vinyl chloride [Ethene, chloro-]
75-01-4
757,000
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No
SHIPPING
RMP ID:
1000035061
CBI claimed:
No
Program Level:
3
NAICS:
All Other Basic Organic Chemical Manufacturing (325199)
Chemical name
CAS#
Quantity (lbs.)
CBI
Chloroform [Methane, trichloro-]
67-66-3
16,680,000
No
Propylene oxide [Oxirane, methyl-]
75-56-9
40,000
No
Chlorine
7782-50-5
8,900,000
No
Methyl chloride [Methane, chloro-]
74-87-3
1,000,000
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No

RMP Preparer:

Name:
Address:

,
Foreign Address:

Phone:

Latest RMP Submission:

Date:
Dec. 23, 2013
Type:
Resubmission
Reason:
5-year update (40 CFR 68.190(b)(1))
Registered:
Yes
RMP ID:
1000028721

Deregistration:

Date:
Effective Date:
Reason:
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 CHLORINE UNIT)
CBI claimed:
No
Percent weight:
100.0
Physical state:
Liquid
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:
  • Dikes
not considered:
  • 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 CHLORINE UNIT)
CBI claimed:
No
Percent weight:
100.0
Physical state:
Liquid
Model used:
EPA's RMP*Comp(TM)
Wind speed (meters per sec):
0.50
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
Public OCA Chemical (in METHANES)
CBI claimed:
No
Percent weight:
100.0
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:
  • Emergency shutdown
not considered:
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Deluge systems
  • Water curtain
  • Neutralization
  • Excess flow valve
  • Flares
  • Scrubbers
Public OCA Chemical (in METHANES)
CBI claimed:
No
Percent weight:
100.0
Physical state:
Liquid
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:
not considered:
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Deluge systems
  • Water curtain
  • Neutralization
  • Excess flow valve
  • Flares
  • Scrubbers
  • Emergency shutdown
Public OCA Chemical (in METHANES)
CBI claimed:
No
Percent weight:
100.0
Physical state:
Liquid
Model used:
EPA's RMP*Comp(TM)
Wind speed (meters per sec):
3.00
Stability class:
D
Topography:
Urban
Passive mitigation
considered:
  • Dikes
  • Sumps
not considered:
  • Enclosures
  • Berms
  • Drains
Active mitigation
considered:
  • None
not considered:
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Deluge systems
  • Water curtain
  • Neutralization
  • Excess flow valve
  • Flares
  • Scrubbers
  • Emergency shutdown
Public OCA Chemical (in PERC/EDC)
CBI claimed:
No
Percent weight:
100.0
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:
  • Emergency shutdown
not considered:
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Deluge systems
  • Water curtain
  • Neutralization
  • Excess flow valve
  • Flares
  • Scrubbers
Public OCA Chemical (in SHIPPING)
CBI claimed:
No
Percent weight:
100.0
Physical state:
Liquid
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:
  • None
not considered:
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Deluge systems
  • Water curtain
  • Neutralization
  • Excess flow valve
  • Flares
  • Scrubbers
  • Emergency shutdown
Public OCA Chemical (in SHIPPING)
CBI claimed:
No
Percent weight:
100.0
Physical state:
Liquid
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:
not considered:
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Deluge systems
  • Water curtain
  • Neutralization
  • Excess flow valve
  • Flares
  • Scrubbers
  • Emergency shutdown
Public OCA Chemical (in SHIPPING)
CBI claimed:
No
Percent weight:
100.0
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:
  • None
not considered:
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Deluge systems
  • Water curtain
  • Neutralization
  • Excess flow valve
  • Flares
  • Scrubbers
  • Emergency shutdown
Public OCA Chemical (in SHIPPING)
CBI claimed:
No
Percent weight:
100.0
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:
  • None
not considered:
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Deluge systems
  • Water curtain
  • Neutralization
  • Excess flow valve
  • Flares
  • Scrubbers
  • Emergency shutdown

4. Flammables: 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 5CP)
CBI claimed:
No
Model used:
EPA's RMP*Comp(TM)
Passive mitigation
considered:
  • area air monitoring alarms
not considered:
  • Blast walls

5. Flammables: 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 5CP)
CBI claimed:
No
Model used:
EPA's RMP*Comp(TM)
Passive mitigation
considered:
  • None
not considered:
  • Dikes
  • Fire wall
  • Blast walls
  • Enclosures
Active mitigation
considered:
  • None
not considered:
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Water curtain
  • Excess flow valve

6. Five-year accident history

Nov. 16, 2010 at 20:55
ID:
1000023596
NAICS:
Alkalies and Chlorine Manufacturing (325181)
Duration:
10 minutes
Chemicals involved:
  • Chlorine
Release events:
Gas release
Weather conditions at time of event
Wind speed:
0.100000001 miles/h S
Temperature:
48.00 ℉
Atmospheric stability:
D
Precipitation present:
No
Unknown weather conditions:
No
On-site impacts
Deaths of employees or contractors:
0
Deaths of public responders:
0
Deaths of public:
0
Injuries of employees or contractors:
2
Injuries of public responders:
0
Injuries of public:
0
Property damage:
$0
Known off-site impacts
Deaths:
0
Hospitalizations:
0
Medicals treatments:
0
Evacuated:
0
Sheltered-in-place:
0
Property damage:
$0
Environmental damage:
Initiating event:
Equipment Failure
Contributing factors:
  • Equipment failure
Off-site responders notified:
No, not notified
Changes introduced as a result of the accident:
  • Improved/upgraded equipment

7. Prevention: Program level 3

CHLORINE UNIT, Alkalies and Chlorine Manufacturing (325181)
Prevention Program ID:
1000030648
Safety Review Date
Aug. 1, 2008, since latest RMP submission
PHA Update Date
July 1, 2013, since latest RMP submission
PHA Techniques
  • What if
  • What if/Checklist
  • HAZOP
Hazards Identified
  • None
Process Controls
  • Vents
  • Relief Valves
  • Check Valves
  • Scrubbers
  • Manual Shutoffs
  • Automatic Shutoffs
  • Interlocks
  • Alarms
  • Keyed Bypass
  • Emergency Air Supply
  • Emergency Power
  • Backup Pump
  • Grounding Equipment
  • Rupture Disks
  • Excess Flow Device
  • Purge System
Mitigation Systems
  • Sprinkler System
  • Dikes
  • Fire Walls
  • Neutralization
Monitoring Systems
  • Process Area
  • Perimeter Monitors
Changes since PHA
  • Process Parameters
  • Process Controls
Training Type
  • None
Competency Testing
  • Written Test
  • Oral Test
  • Demonstration
  • Observation
Procedure Review Date
Dec. 5, 2012, since latest RMP submission
Training Review Date
June 8, 2011, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Review Date
June 8, 2011, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Inspection Date
June 12, 2013, since latest RMP submission
Equipment Tested
Yes
Management of Change Most Recent Date
June 12, 2013
Management of Change Review Date
March 28, 2013
Pre-startup Review Date
June 12, 2013
Compliance Audit Date
Feb. 10, 2012
Compliance Audit Change Completion Date
Dec. 31, 2016
Incident Investigation Date
Nov. 16, 2010
Incident Invest. Change Completion Date
Oct. 11, 2011
Participation Plan Review Date
June 8, 2011
Hot Work Review Date
June 1, 2012
Contractor Safety Review Date
Sept. 1, 2012, since latest RMP submission
Contractor Safety Eval. Date
Jan. 4, 2013, since latest RMP submission
METHANES, All Other Basic Organic Chemical Manufacturing (325199)
Prevention Program ID:
1000030649
Safety Review Date
March 17, 2008, since latest RMP submission
PHA Update Date
March 13, 2013, since latest RMP submission
PHA Techniques
  • What if
  • What if/Checklist
  • HAZOP
Hazards Identified
  • Toxic release
  • Fire
  • Explosion
  • Overpressurization
  • Equipment failure
  • Cooling loss
  • Hurricanes
Process Controls
  • None
Mitigation Systems
  • Sprinkler System
  • Dikes
  • Deluge System
Monitoring Systems
  • Process Area
  • Perimeter Monitors
Changes since PHA
  • Process Parameters
  • Process Controls
  • Process Detection
  • Mitigation Systems
Training Type
  • None
Competency Testing
  • Written Test
  • Oral Test
  • Demonstration
  • Observation
Procedure Review Date
Nov. 1, 2013, since latest RMP submission
Training Review Date
June 8, 2011, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Review Date
June 8, 2011, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Inspection Date
May 15, 2012, since latest RMP submission
Equipment Tested
Yes
Management of Change Most Recent Date
June 4, 2013
Management of Change Review Date
March 28, 2013
Pre-startup Review Date
June 6, 2013
Compliance Audit Date
Feb. 10, 2012
Compliance Audit Change Completion Date
Dec. 31, 2016
Incident Investigation Date
May 11, 2008
Incident Invest. Change Completion Date
Dec. 31, 2009
Participation Plan Review Date
June 8, 2011
Hot Work Review Date
June 1, 2012
Contractor Safety Review Date
Sept. 1, 2012, since latest RMP submission
Contractor Safety Eval. Date
Jan. 4, 2013, since latest RMP submission
PERC/EDC, All Other Basic Organic Chemical Manufacturing (325199)
Prevention Program ID:
1000030650
Safety Review Date
March 11, 2009, since latest RMP submission
PHA Update Date
March 11, 2009, since latest RMP submission
PHA Techniques
  • What if
  • What if/Checklist
  • HAZOP
Hazards Identified
  • Toxic release
  • Fire
  • Explosion
  • Runaway reaction
  • Overpressurization
  • Contamination
  • Equipment failure
  • Cooling loss
  • Hurricanes
Process Controls
  • Vents
  • Relief Valves
  • Check Valves
  • Scrubbers
  • Manual Shutoffs
  • Automatic Shutoffs
  • Interlocks
  • Alarms
  • Keyed Bypass
  • Emergency Air Supply
  • Emergency Power
  • Backup Pump
  • Grounding Equipment
  • Rupture Disks
Mitigation Systems
  • Sprinkler System
  • Dikes
  • Blast Walls
  • Deluge System
  • Neutralization
Monitoring Systems
  • Perimeter Monitors
Changes since PHA
  • None
Training Type
  • None
Competency Testing
  • Written Test
  • Oral Test
  • Demonstration
  • Observation
Procedure Review Date
Nov. 4, 2013, since latest RMP submission
Training Review Date
June 1, 2011, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Review Date
June 8, 2011, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Inspection Date
April 1, 2013, since latest RMP submission
Equipment Tested
Yes
Management of Change Most Recent Date
May 13, 2013
Management of Change Review Date
March 28, 2013
Pre-startup Review Date
May 14, 2013
Compliance Audit Date
Feb. 10, 2012
Compliance Audit Change Completion Date
Dec. 31, 2016
Incident Investigation Date
None
Incident Invest. Change Completion Date
None
Participation Plan Review Date
June 8, 2011
Hot Work Review Date
June 1, 2012
Contractor Safety Review Date
Sept. 1, 2012, since latest RMP submission
Contractor Safety Eval. Date
Jan. 4, 2013, since latest RMP submission
5CP, All Other Basic Organic Chemical Manufacturing (325199)
Prevention Program ID:
1000030651
Safety Review Date
April 30, 2005, since latest RMP submission
PHA Update Date
April 1, 2010, since latest RMP submission
PHA Techniques
  • What if
  • What if/Checklist
  • HAZOP
Hazards Identified
  • Toxic release
  • Fire
  • Explosion
  • Runaway reaction
  • Overpressurization
  • Corrosion
  • Overfilling
  • Contamination
  • Equipment failure
  • Cooling loss
  • Hurricanes
Process Controls
  • None
Mitigation Systems
  • Sprinkler System
  • Dikes
  • Deluge System
Monitoring Systems
  • Process Area
  • Perimeter Monitors
Changes since PHA
  • Process Parameters
  • Process Controls
  • Process Detection
Training Type
  • None
Competency Testing
  • Written Test
  • Oral Test
Procedure Review Date
Nov. 1, 2013, since latest RMP submission
Training Review Date
June 8, 2011, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Review Date
June 8, 2011, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Inspection Date
May 8, 2013, since latest RMP submission
Equipment Tested
Yes
Management of Change Most Recent Date
May 21, 2013
Management of Change Review Date
March 28, 2013
Pre-startup Review Date
May 24, 2013
Compliance Audit Date
Feb. 10, 2012
Compliance Audit Change Completion Date
Dec. 31, 2016
Incident Investigation Date
Jan. 24, 2008
Incident Invest. Change Completion Date
Nov. 18, 2008
Participation Plan Review Date
June 8, 2011
Hot Work Review Date
June 1, 2012
Contractor Safety Review Date
Sept. 1, 2012, since latest RMP submission
Contractor Safety Eval. Date
Jan. 4, 2013, since latest RMP submission
SHIPPING, All Other Basic Organic Chemical Manufacturing (325199)
Prevention Program ID:
1000030652
Safety Review Date
Aug. 28, 2008, since latest RMP submission
PHA Update Date
Aug. 31, 2013, since latest RMP submission
PHA Techniques
  • What if
  • What if/Checklist
  • HAZOP
Hazards Identified
  • Toxic release
  • Fire
  • Explosion
  • Overpressurization
  • Overfilling
  • Cooling loss
  • Hurricanes
Process Controls
  • None
Mitigation Systems
  • None
Monitoring Systems
  • Perimeter Monitors
Changes since PHA
  • None
Training Type
  • None
Competency Testing
  • Written Test
  • Oral Test
  • Demonstration
  • Observation
Procedure Review Date
Nov. 12, 2013, since latest RMP submission
Training Review Date
June 8, 2011, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Review Date
Nov. 12, 2008, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Inspection Date
Aug. 26, 2008, since latest RMP submission
Equipment Tested
Yes
Management of Change Most Recent Date
April 23, 2013
Management of Change Review Date
March 28, 2013
Pre-startup Review Date
May 1, 2013
Compliance Audit Date
Feb. 10, 2012
Compliance Audit Change Completion Date
Dec. 31, 2016
Incident Investigation Date
None
Incident Invest. Change Completion Date
None
Participation Plan Review Date
June 8, 2011
Hot Work Review Date
June 1, 2012
Contractor Safety Review Date
Sept. 1, 2012, since latest RMP submission
Contractor Safety Eval. Date
Jan. 4, 2013, since latest RMP submission

8. Prevention Program level 2

No Prevention Program level 2

9. Emergency response

Facility In Community Plan:
Yes
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:
March 5, 2013
Local Response Agency:
Local Response Agency Phone:
(225) 621-8360
Subject To - OSHA EAP:
No
Subject To - OSHA HAZWOPER:
Yes
Subject To - CWA:
No
Subject To - RCRA:
Yes
Subject To - OPA:
No
Subject To - State EPCRA:
Yes
Subject To - Other:

Executive Summary

3400 - LOUISIANA DEPT. OF ENVIROMENTAL QUALITY ID NUMBER





The Occidental Chemical Corporation Geismar Facility is subject to 40 CFR 68. This facility is currently owned and operated by Occidental Chemical Corporation.



ACCIDENTAL RELEASE PREVENTION AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE POLICIES ? 68.155(a))



OxyChem has established a system for the safe operation of the processes at this facility that includes the prevention of accidental releases of hazardous substances. One component of this system is a program to manage the risks of accidental releases. This program conforms to the requirements of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) regulation 40 CFR part 68, Accidental Release Prevention Requirement Risk Management Programs (the RMP rule) and the requirements of OSHAs Process Safety Management Rule, 29 CFR 1910.119. This document is intended to satisfy the plan requirements of the RMP rule.



OxyChem is committed to operating the Geismar Facility in a manner that is safe for its workers, the public and the environment. As a member of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), we adhere to the principles of Responsible Care® and with the ACC Security Code. As part of this commitment, OxyChem has established systems to help ensure safe operation of the processes at this facility, which includes the prevention of accidental releases of hazardous substances and emergency response programs.



Additionally, in the event a release should occur, the facility has an alarm system to alert personnel, a computerized dispersion modeling program to predict and track accidental releases, and an in house emergency response team trained to fight fires and control chemical releases. The facility is electronically linked to the local emergency agencies and systems which include:



1) Geismar Area Mutual Aid organization;

2) Ascension Parish Hazmat Team;

3) Local Emergency Planning Committee; and

4) Several community communications systems (community siren system
, Parish wide telephone network, cable vision emergency broadcast system and radio emergency broadcast system).



Collectively, these systems serve to control and /or mitigate an emergency release situation should it occur.





STATIONARY SOURCE AND REGULATED SUBSTANCES (? 68.155(b))



The OxyChem Geismar Facility is located in Ascension Parish Louisiana where it manufactures caustic soda, chlorine and various chlorinated organic chemicals. As a part of this manufacturing process, OxyChem Geismar Facility uses several substances that are covered by the RMP rules. These are chlorine, chloroform, methyl chloride, propylene oxide and vinyl chloride. The Facility uses a combination of good design practices, an accidental release prevention program, and an emergency response program to ensure the safety of our employees, the public, and the environment.



GENERAL ACCIDENTAL RELEASE PREVENTION PROGRAM AND CHEMICAL-SPECIFIC PREVENTION STEPS (? 68.155(d))



The OxyChem Geismar Facility is designated as a Program 3 facility by the RMP rules. The following sections briefly describe the elements of the Facility's Program 3 prevention program. Each of the sections listed below are documented and maintained in several documents at the facility. Each manual is updated regularly.



The Facility's prevention program consists of the following elements:



Process Safety Information Pre-startup Review Management of Change

Process Hazard Analysis Compliance Audit Mechanical Integrity

Operating Procedures Employee Participation Contractor Safety

Training Hot Work Permits Emergency Response

Incident Investigation



Before using a hazardous substance at the Facility, less hazardous alternatives are considered. When a hazardous substance is used at the Facility, OxyChem reviews the potential for an accidental release of this substance, which could adversely affect facility workers, the public and the environment, and takes steps to prevent any such effect
s. This is accomplished through the facility's Management of Change (MOC), and Process Hazard Review (PHR) procedures, which are followed for all new installations or modifications of existing processes.



The production processes are designed, installed, operated and maintained to reduce the likelihood of an accidental release. Company, industry and government standards are closely adhered to in the design, construction and operation of production processes. In addition, OxyChem requires the documentation of standard operating procedures and training of affected employees with regard to these procedures as part of the MOC procedure. OxyChem's mechanical integrity program provides an ongoing process to verify the mechanical integrity of the equipment, piping and instruments to prevent the release of hazardous substances.



FIVE YEAR HISTORY (? 68.155(e)



The Facility has had one release over the last 5 years that meet criteria for inclusion in the RMP report. OxyChem Geismar conducted thorough investigations to identify and incorporate corrections to eliminate the root causes.



The incident involved a less than RQ chlorine release from a spent acid tank vent valve. Two (2) contractor employees were installing insulation near a spent acid tank when they recieved a chlorine inhalation. The employees were brought to the medical department for assessment and were administered oxygen per medical protocol. After treatment, the employees felt fine and returned to work for the remainder of their shift.



EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROGRAM (? 68.155(f))



The Facility maintains a written emergency response plan that is designed to protect employees, the public, and the environment. The procedures include all aspects of emergency response, including proper first aid and other medical procedures, the use of emergency equipment, the use of personal protective equipment, evacuation plans, and community emergency response notification procedures.



Procedures for maintai
ning emergency response equipment are also contained in the emergency response plan. There are procedures that address maintaining, inspecting, testing, and using the critical equipment needed during an emergency. Employees receive periodic training for the duties they are expected to perform during an emergency. A special radio system has been established between the Facility, all other chemical facilities in the area and the Sheriff's Office for the reporting and response to hazardous chemical incidents. This coordination and communication ensures that the public is quickly notified, if necessary, and that action is promptly taken to minimize the consequences of a release.



The facility works through a local Community Awareness and Emergency Response (CAER) Committee and the Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness to establish redundant community warning systems for the residents of Ascension Parish. These systems include: a 23 siren warning system for the areas immediately surrounding the chemical industry; a cable vision alert system which can alert all Parish residents who are watching the local cable network; an emergency broadcast system through a local radio station; and, a rapid dialing telephone alerting system that can contact 100 residents simultaneously. These systems are maintained and upgraded by the Ascension Parish CAER Committee.



The facility regularly conducts emergency response drills so that all emergency response personnel are familiar with their duties during an emergency. Additionally, the facility participates in local drills designed to test the preparedness and coordination of the Ascension Parish Emergency organizations and the chemical industry.



PLANNED CHANGES TO IMPROVE SAFETY (? 68.155(g))



The key element of Facilitys safety and environmental programs is prevention, and the Facility tries to improve the safety of its processes through reviews of facility procedures, incidents, and incident investigation programs. In
addition, a program soliciting safety and environmental suggestions from the facility employees provides for active participation in the Facilitys emergency management program.