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Southern Foods Group LLC of Hammond

Parent Companies:
Dean West, LLC
EPA Facility ID:
100000213743
Other ID:
Facility DUNS:
0
Parent Company DUNS:
0

Location:

Address:
4001 Hwy 190 W
Hammond, LA 70401
County:
TANGIPAHOA
Lat / Long:
30.503, -90.516 (Get map)
Method:
Interpolation - Satellite
Description:
Process Unit
Horizonal accuracy:
50 m
Horizontal reference datum:
World Geodetic System of 1984
Source map scale:

Owner/Operator:

Name:
Southern Foods Group LLC
Phone:
(214) 303-3400
Address:
2711 North Haskell Avenue
Dallas, TX 75204
Foreign Address:

Person responsible for RMP implementation:

Name:
William Mitchell
Title:
Plant Manager

Emergency contact:

Name:
Thomas Finley
Title:
Plant Maintenance Manager
Phone:
(985) 318-5704
24-hour phone:
(985) 222-5132
Ext or PIN:

Other contacts:

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

Safety:

Local Emergency Planning Committee:
Tangipahoa Parish LEPC
Full-Time Equivalent Employees:
29
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:
Sept. 19, 2012
Inspecting Agency:
EPA
Using Predictive Filing:
No

Processes:

Ammonia Refrigeration
RMP ID:
1000069734
CBI claimed:
No
Program Level:
3
NAICS:
Dairy Product (except Frozen) Manufacturing (31151)
Chemical name
CAS#
Quantity (lbs.)
CBI
Ammonia (anhydrous)
7664-41-7
13,800
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No

RMP Preparer:

Name:
William Lape - Corporate Dir. Process Safety & Hazard Mitigation
Address:
10180 Bald Eagle Trail
Woodbury, MN 55129
Foreign Address:

Phone:
(651) 730-2173

Latest RMP Submission:

Date:
Feb. 18, 2016
Type:
Resubmission
Reason:
5-year update (40 CFR 68.190(b)(1))
Registered:
Yes
RMP ID:
1000055804

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 Ammonia Refrigeration)
CBI claimed:
No
Percent weight:
100.0
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:
Rural
Passive mitigation
considered:
  • None
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 Refrigeration)
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:
Rural
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

None

5. Flammables: Alternative release

None

6. Five-year accident history

No Registered Accidents

7. Prevention: Program level 3

Ammonia Refrigeration, Dairy Product (except Frozen) Manufacturing (31151)
Prevention Program ID:
1000058318
Safety Review Date
Feb. 10, 2016, since latest RMP submission
PHA Update Date
April 23, 2014, since latest RMP submission
PHA Techniques
  • What if/Checklist
Hazards Identified
  • Toxic release
  • Fire
  • Explosion
  • Overpressurization
  • Corrosion
  • Overfilling
  • Equipment failure
  • Cooling loss
  • Tornado
  • Hurricanes
Process Controls
  • Relief Valves
  • Check Valves
  • Manual Shutoffs
  • Automatic Shutoffs
  • Interlocks
  • Alarms
  • Backup Pump
Mitigation Systems
  • None
Monitoring Systems
  • Process Area
Changes since PHA
  • None
Training Type
  • None
Competency Testing
  • Written Test
  • Demonstration
  • Observation
Procedure Review Date
Feb. 10, 2016, since latest RMP submission
Training Review Date
Feb. 10, 2016, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Review Date
Feb. 10, 2016, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Inspection Date
Oct. 2, 2012, since latest RMP submission
Equipment Tested
Yes
Management of Change Most Recent Date
Nov. 10, 2013
Management of Change Review Date
Feb. 10, 2016
Pre-startup Review Date
July 10, 2008
Compliance Audit Date
Feb. 10, 2016
Compliance Audit Change Completion Date
Dec. 31, 2016
Incident Investigation Date
July 11, 2010
Incident Invest. Change Completion Date
July 13, 2010
Participation Plan Review Date
Feb. 10, 2016
Hot Work Review Date
Feb. 10, 2016
Contractor Safety Review Date
Feb. 10, 2016, since latest RMP submission
Contractor Safety Eval. Date
Feb. 10, 2016, 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:
Sept. 16, 2015
Local Response Agency:
Local Response Agency Phone:
(985) 277-5803
Subject To - OSHA EAP:
No
Subject To - OSHA HAZWOPER:
No
Subject To - CWA:
No
Subject To - RCRA:
No
Subject To - OPA:
No
Subject To - State EPCRA:
Yes
Subject To - Other:

Executive Summary

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY



SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY: Southern Foods Group, LLC is committed to safety and environmental excellence. This commitment is embraced by each member of our team, no matter what position or area. Our active role includes an obligation to point out any deficient safety or environmental practices that are observed anytime, anywhere. Positive reinforcement will be our primary motivation tool to benchmark satisfactory performance. Safety hazards or environmental concerns are exposed and relayed to team members without fear of reprisal or resentment. Great safety and environmental records are a team effort.



Plant leaders serve as coaches, encouragers, and examples. Yet, in light of our culture, every person is considered a Safety Leader at home and work. Constant discussion, planning, and training on safety issues will serve to maintain safety awareness and to insure that a high priority is always placed on safety. No job is ever so urgent that safety is jeopardized. Procedures are followed and time is taken to plan the best course of action with the least potential for mishap. As situations and work requirements change, individual safety awareness must grow to accommodate and address these changes.



Likewise, environmental performance will not be compromised to other priorities. Our people will be leaders in doing the right thing. Team planning, awareness, knowledge, and sharing will be our primary tools for responsible process operations and accurate reporting.



We cannot allow ourselves to be so comfortable with our records and procedures that we become passive. Our goal and attitude will be sustained improvement in keeping safety and environment as priorities. Our people are very capable of working safely, alert to preventing unsafe or environmentally risky situations, and intend to get better as time goes by.



FACILITY DESCRIPTION AND REGULATED SUBSTANCES HANDLED: The site is approximately 11.4 acres, with approximately 52,000 squ
are feet under roof. Principle features of the facility include: Batching / Processing Areas, Packaging / Staging Areas, Cold Storage Areas, Mechanical Room / Maintenance, Laboratory and Office Space, Dry Warehouse, Three Raw Milk Receiving Bays. The facility produces pasteurized milk products for its distributors. The facility operates an anhydrous ammonia refrigeration system to produce space cooling, product cooling, and process equipment cooling. The refrigeration system is designed to provide: operating flexibility (through availability of multiple operating equipment combinations); economy and efficiency of operations (through the use of operating pressures commensurate with the degree of cooling required); optimal safety performance; and, consistency of operation, utilizing programmable logic controllers (PLCs) to monitor, record, operate, and modulate refrigeration equipment as conditions require. Major equipment components include: compressors, condensers, receivers and other storage vessels, purgers, and a variety of heat exchangers (evaporators, chillers, air handlers, etc.).



GENERAL ACCIDENT RELEASE PREVENTION PROGRAM: The facility has implemented a Process Safety Management program for its ammonia refrigeration process operation and maintenance. The PSM Program has been incorporated as both policy, and most importantly, procedure in everyday operations and maintenance of the ammonia refrigeration system. Among the many safety features present at the facility are:

OSHA Process Safety Management Program, and EPA Prevention Program.

Eyewash and safety showers throughout ammonia distribution areas.

Close cooperation with the Fire Department for emergency response training.

Training Programs, such as Chemical Safety, Safe-Work Practices, and others.

Plant Safety Committee, trained, involved, and motivated.

Plant Safety Award System.

Monthly Safety Meetings.



FIVE-YEAR ACCIDENT HISTORY: There have been no reportable releases of ammonia from the r
efrigeration systems during the past five years.



EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROGRAM: The "Facility Emergency Action Plan" has been developed in accordance with OSHA 1910.38. The plan addresses fire, explosion, spills or releases of toxics, severe weather, and other criteria. The plan details response actions by facility personnel for such emergencies, safety and emergency equipment, communication responsibilities, and coordination with off-site responders, as well as notification of federal and state agencies. The plan includes "Emergency Response to Anhydrous Ammonia," specifically addressing incidents involving ammonia refrigeration.



PLANNED CHANGES TO IMPROVE SAFETY: The facility is continually working to improve safety in all areas, as well as within the anhydrous ammonia refrigeration system. The facility encourages input from operation and maintenance personnel, as well as vendor and agency inspectors, and responds to address potential improvements. The facility places a high emphasis upon training of personnel in the areas of safety and environmental awareness, compliance, and response.