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Praxair, Inc. - Sulphur, LA

Parent Companies:
Praxair, Inc
EPA Facility ID:
100000231723
Other ID:
523443
Facility DUNS:
0
Parent Company DUNS:
197154586

Location:

Address:
4451 HWY 108S
Sulphur, LA 70664
County:
CALCASIEU
Lat / Long:
30.186, -93.325 (Get map)
Method:
Interpolation - Photo
Description:
Plant Entrance (General)
Horizonal accuracy:
25 m
Horizontal reference datum:
North American Datum of 1983
Source map scale:
24000

Owner/Operator:

Name:
Praxair, Inc.
Phone:
(337) 882-9001
Address:
4451 HWY 108S
PO Box 2419
Sulphur, LA 70664
Foreign Address:

Person responsible for RMP implementation:

Name:
Paul Piper
Title:
Plant Manager

Emergency contact:

Name:
Paul Piper
Title:
Plant Manager
Phone:
(337) 882-9001
24-hour phone:
(409) 293-7998
Ext or PIN:

Other contacts:

Facility (or company) email:
Facility phone:
(337) 882-9001
Facility (or company) URL:

Safety:

Local Emergency Planning Committee:
Calcasieu Parish LEPC
Full-Time Equivalent Employees:
14
Covered by OSHA PSM:
Yes
EPCRA section 302:
No
CAA Title Air Operating Permit:
Yes
CAA Permit ID#:
0520-00170-V2AA
OSHA Star/Merit Ranking
No
Last Safety Inspection Date:
Dec. 2, 2014
Inspecting Agency:
State environmental agency
Using Predictive Filing:
No

Processes:

Hydrogen Production
RMP ID:
1000070165
CBI claimed:
No
Program Level:
3
NAICS:
Industrial Gas Manufacturing (32512)
Chemical name
CAS#
Quantity (lbs.)
CBI
Flammable Mixture
00-11-11
14,000
No
Public OCA Chemical
0
No

RMP Preparer:

Name:
Address:

,
Foreign Address:

Phone:

Latest RMP Submission:

Date:
March 11, 2016
Type:
First-time submission
Reason:
Registered:
Yes
RMP ID:
1000055317

Deregistration:

Date:
Effective Date:
Reason:
Other Reason:

2. Toxics: Worst-case

None

3. Toxics: Alternative release

None

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 Hydrogen Production)
CBI claimed:
No
Model used:
EPA's OCA Guidance Reference Tables or Equations
Passive mitigation
considered:
  • None
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 Hydrogen Production)
CBI claimed:
No
Model used:
EPA's OCA Guidance Reference Tables or Equations
Passive mitigation
considered:
  • None
not considered:
  • Dikes
  • Fire wall
  • Blast walls
  • Enclosures
Active mitigation
considered:
  • None
not considered:
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Deluge systems
  • Water curtain
  • Excess flow valve

6. Five-year accident history

No Registered Accidents

7. Prevention: Program level 3

Hydrogen Production, Industrial Gas Manufacturing (32512)
Prevention Program ID:
1000058671
Safety Review Date
Sept. 24, 2015, since latest RMP submission
PHA Update Date
Aug. 21, 2015, since latest RMP submission
PHA Techniques
  • HAZOP
Hazards Identified
  • Fire
  • Explosion
  • Overpressurization
  • Corrosion
  • Overfilling
  • Equipment failure
  • Cooling loss
  • Hurricanes
Process Controls
  • Vents
  • Relief Valves
  • Check Valves
  • Flares
  • Manual Shutoffs
  • Automatic Shutoffs
  • Interlocks
  • Alarms
  • Keyed Bypass
  • Grounding Equipment
  • Rupture Disks
  • Purge System
Mitigation Systems
  • Dikes
  • Blast Walls
Monitoring Systems
  • None
Changes since PHA
  • None
Training Type
  • Classrom
  • On the Job
Competency Testing
  • Written Test
  • Oral Test
  • Demonstration
  • Observation
Procedure Review Date
Jan. 25, 2016, since latest RMP submission
Training Review Date
July 1, 2015, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Review Date
March 3, 2016, since latest RMP submission
Maintenance Inspection Date
Oct. 30, 2015, since latest RMP submission
Equipment Tested
Yes
Management of Change Most Recent Date
Feb. 29, 2016
Management of Change Review Date
Feb. 15, 2016
Pre-startup Review Date
Oct. 25, 2014
Compliance Audit Date
Sept. 24, 2015
Compliance Audit Change Completion Date
July 31, 2016
Incident Investigation Date
Sept. 10, 2015
Incident Invest. Change Completion Date
Sept. 30, 2015
Participation Plan Review Date
Sept. 1, 2013
Hot Work Review Date
June 30, 2015
Contractor Safety Review Date
Jan. 11, 2013, 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:
No
Inform. Procedures in Response Plan:
No
Emergency Care in Response Plan:
No
Plan Review Date:
Response Training Date:
None
Local Response Agency:
Local Response Agency Phone:
(337) 583-2365
Subject To - OSHA EAP:
No
Subject To - OSHA HAZWOPER:
No
Subject To - CWA:
No
Subject To - RCRA:
Yes
Subject To - OPA:
No
Subject To - State EPCRA:
Yes
Subject To - Other:

Executive Summary

"Facility Description:

The Praxair facility at Sulphur, LA is a hydrogen production plant. We react steam and methane (natural gas) to form hydrogen gas, which we then purify compress, and feed into hydrogen pipelines. The plant was started in 1996 and was initially not believed to be subject to 29 CFR1919.119 or 40 CFR Part 68. An error in the flammable threshold calculations was discovered in late 2015, with inventory exceed the threshold limits. Praxair has always operated and maintained the process in an OSHA PSM and EPA RMP ""compliant"" condition.



Regulated Substances:

This facility uses, manufactures, or stores a chemical listed in part 68 of Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations, beyond a threshold quantity, as established by the EPA. The chemical is:

- Flammable mixture containing hydrogen, methane, and other components, manufactured on site.



Accidental Release Prevention Policy:

Praxair is dedicated to being the best performing industrial gas company in all aspects of our business, including safety, health, and environmental affairs. Our safety, health, and environmental policy call for a commitment to protecting the health and safety of our employees, neighbors, and the surrounding environment.



This policy is the basis for engineering and construction programs that produce equipment and process systems that minimize the possibility of accidental chemical releases and operational safety programs that ensure safe operation of our facilities. Praxair is committed to the continuous improvement of these programs.



Praxair is an active member of the American Chemistry Council and subscribes to the council's program of Responsible Care; Employee Health and Safety Code of Management Practices."



"Prevention Program:

In accordance with OSHA's Process Safety Management standard and EPA's Risk Management Program rule, the Sulphur, LA facility has a comprehensive accident prevention program in place. This program is built around proc
ess safety concepts such as:

- Technical documentation of PSI (Process Safety Information), describing the physical properties of the hazardous substances, the safety systems in place to control these substances, and the critical operating parameters of the associated equipment and systems.

- Procedures and programs to develop, maintain, and control key program elements such as process operations, equipment mechanical integrity, employee training, management of change, hot work permits, incident investigation, and contractor activity.

- Initial and periodic review of new or modified processes through application of comprehensive design safety and management of change programs that include Process Hazard Analysis study and pre-startup review.



Praxair has an employee participation program that promotes involvement in the process safety program and helps ensure understanding of facility-specific elements of the safety program.



The prevention program is audited periodically, by our corporate assessment group, to ensure that the process safety concepts and practices are in place and working effectively.





Chemical-specific Prevention Steps:

In addition to the required prevention program elements, we have implemented safety features specific to the covered process at our facility. Following is a description of some of these safety features.

-At this location we have field mounted fire alarm control systems which tie into the central control unit that will alarm and indicate the location of the problem.

-Fire extinguishers are located in key areas of the plant. They are maintained monthly and undergo yearly inspections by an outside vendor.

- Plant operation emergency shutdowns (if process variable is exceeded) will shutdown the Plant and isolate the process. This location has multiple plant emergency trips located throughout the facility.

-During plant emergency alarm conditions, this facility contacts BP refinery first responders."




Five-year Accident History:

There were no releases of a regulated substance above its threshold quantity from the process in the previous five years.



Emergency Response Programs:

Praxair has an emergency response program in place to minimize the effects of accidental release of regulated substances to employees, the public, and the environment. Praxair employees will respond to minor incidents. For other than minor incidents, Praxair has in place an emergency response plan in coordination with the Carlyss Fire Department. The plan requires the Carlyss Fire Department be called for any incident on site related to fire, spills or release of the covered chemical.



All facility employees are trained in their role in the emergency plan and emergency drills are conducted at least annually.



Planned Changes to Improve Safety:

Praxair has a commitment to safety that is expressed in a company-wide goal of "Zero/Zero", which means zero accidents and zero injuries or illnesses at each and every location. We look to constantly improve the safety of our processes using recommendations developed through the prevention program and a program soliciting safety suggestions from our employees.



There are currently no major projects for safety improvements that have reached the planning stage.