TYSON FOODS, INC. NEW HOLLAND, PA. - Executive Summary

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1.  Accidental release prevention and emergency response polices.                                                            To insure safe operation and release prevention at Tyson Foods Inc., New Holland, Pa., this facility has implemented The Occupational Safety and Health Administrations Chemical Process Safety Management Program 29 CFR 1910.119.  All operators of systems containing the threshold amount of hazardous chemicals will undergo Chemical Process Safety Management training and operator training specific to the system.  
To insure proper response to emergency situations, Tyson Foods Inc., New Holland, Pa., has implemented Emergency Action Plans as required by The Occupational Safety and Health Administrations 29 CFR 1910.38(a) and Emergency Response Plans 29 CFR 1910.120. All safety personnel and operators of the process will be trained in these emergency procedures. 
2.  The stationary source a 
nd regulated substances handled. 
    Ammonia:     We have (2) High Pressure receivers located in each plant (fresh & further processing), containing a total amount of anhydrous ammonia equaling 100,000 pounds.  
    Propane:     We have (2) Propane storage tanks located in each plant (fresh & further processing), containing a total amount of propane equaling 51,000 gallons. 
3.  Worst-case release scenario and alternative release scenario. 
Worst-case scenario - Failure of high-pressure receiver when full releasing 56,000 pounds of ammonia in 10 minutes.   The high-pressure receiver will be full only when the entire system is being pumped down for repairs.  This situation occurs on the average of 2 to 4 times per year.  Therefore the possibility of a worst-case scenario will exist only 2% of the time.  This facility has never had a failure of a high-pressure receiver.  The loss of 56,000 pounds of ammonia will have a dist 
ance of 4.85 miles before no longer posing a health hazard to the public.  
Worst-case scenarioii - Failure of propane storage tank releasing 105,000 lbs of propane with a distance of .38 mile to 1 PSI. 
Alternative release scenario - An upset condition resulting in an overpressure of the ammonia system causing a safety relief valve to discharge 500 pounds of ammonia in 5 minutes.  The loss of 500 pounds of ammonia will have a distance of 450 feet before no longer posing a health hazard to the public.  The ammonia system is equipped with high-pressure cutouts that help to prevent releases of this nature.  Operator training to prevent upset conditions is also required. This facility has had one release in the past 5 years of this type. 
Alternative release scenario ii.  Overpressure situation releasing 120 lbs of propane with a distance of .07 miles to lower flammability limit. 
4.  The general accidental release prevention program. 
     This facility complies with the Occupational Safe 
ty and Health Administrations' Chemical Process Safety Management 29 CFR 1910.119 and the Environmental Protection Agencies Risk Management Program 40 CFR Part 68.  For ammonia systems Tyson Foods, Inc. has adopted the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration guidelines for system operation and maintenance.  Tyson Foods Inc. uses the IIAR Basic Ammonia Refrigeration Training Series for all operators.  For chlorine systems Tyson Foods Inc. has adopted the Chlorine Institute guidelines for chlorine use.  
5.  Five-year accident history. 
6.   The emergency response program.     
A fully trained and equipped Emergency Response Team is on site.  This team is trained to the Hazardous Materials Responder-Technician response capability in accordance with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 (q).  The team is capable of affecting all control measures (both confinement operations and containment operations) required to  
remediate the incident. 
A written Emergency Response Plan has been developed and is on record at the Facility.  This plan includes Pre-Emergency Planning with Outside Agencies, Personnel Roles and Lines of Incident Command Authority, Facility Hazard Analysis and Emergency Prevention, Safe Distances and Places of Refuge.  Also Site Security and Control, Evacuation Routes and Procedures, Decontamination Procedures, provisions for Emergency Medical Treatment, Emergency Notification Procedures, Chemical Response Procedures, Post Incident Critique, and Personal Protective Clothing and Emergency Equipment. 
  All Haz-mat courses at Tyson Foods, Inc. are designed to meet training requirements of the OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 (q) (7) and (8).   
All Tyson Foods Inc., New Holland, Pa. Haz-mat Team Members are trained 24 hours initially to the Technician level followed by 12-24 hours of refresher training per year under the direction of the on-site Haz-mat Instructor at the facility. Each Instructor 
receives an initial 40 hours of training and 16 hours per year re-certification training that goes to I.C. level.  
  The training is designed to teach both theory and hands-on training giving the person an overall understanding of the nature of hazardous materials and the ability to assess and safely respond to the incidents in the Incident Command structure. 
Technician level training includes but is not limited to the following: 
7 Knowledge of basic hazards and risk assessment techniques 
7 Proper selection and use of appropriate and required PPE for the chemical hazard 
7 Terminology associated with Haz-mat 
7 Advanced site control/security procedures 
7 Advanced Containment/Control/Decon procedures 
7 Use of Atmospheric Monitoring Equipment and Contaminant Test Procedures 
7 Incident Command Structure Roles and Line of Authority 
7 Interaction with Local and State Officials 
7 Standard Operating Procedures for Clean-up and termination  
7 Critique 
On Site facility Instructors have compl 
eted in excess of 40 hours of Instructor's training, achieving the Incident Command level, over the past seven years and have instructed their team in approximately 168 hours of training.   
All training materials, hands-on drills and response procedures have been developed with the assistance of the Corporate Loss Control Department. 
All Team members are taught in Hazard Communication to report any observed chemical leaks/spills and odors to their supervisor or lead person immediately.  Supervisors and Leads are taught to report the above to the Safety or Process Manager immediately for further investigation and action by the Haz-mat team.  MSDS information books are accessible to all team members for review. 
7.  Planned changes to improve safety. 
  Our refrigeration system is currently being upgraded. A central control room with Remote controls are being installed. Evaporators and pumped recirculated liquid Recievers are being equipped with ammonia detectors to improve respo 
nse time in emergencies.
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