Sierra Chemical Co., Rocklin - Executive Summary
The Accidental Release Prevention and Emergency Response Policies at the Facility: Sierra Chemical Co. relies on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 CFR 1910.119 Process Safety Management Standard and the OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard to establish policies in its efforts and commitment to prevent accidental releases of highly hazardous materials through prevention and emergency reponse. Additionally, this new regulation, 40 CFR Part 68 Chemical Accident Prevention Program, Risk Management Plan, will further enhance Sierra Chemical Co. commitment to risk management. |
Facility and Regulated Substances Handled: Sierra Chemical Co., Rocklin Facility, consists of storage and handling of 1 ton containers and 150 pound cylinders of chlorine and sulfur dioxide. Typical inventory of sulfur dioxide is 8,750 pounds and chlorine is 29,700 pounds.
The Worst-Case Release Scenario and the Alternate Release Scenarios: Beca
use chlorine and sulfur dioxide is stored and handled at the facility in 1 ton containers, complying with Department of Transportation regulations, the worst-case scenario for the facility would be the release of the contents of a 1 ton container. This scenario was chosen based on the requirements contained in 40 CFR Part 68. For the alternate release scenario, Sierra Chemial Co. chose a leaking valve or fuse plug on a 1 ton container, which emergency response personnel mitigated within 180 minutes with an emergency repair kit. Modelling for all scenarios was completed utilizing RMP*Comp, Version 1.06, as provided by EPA. Modelling for both the worst-case release scenario and the alternate release scenarios demostrated potential off-site impacts to adjacent industrial facilities only.
The General Accidental Release Prevention Program and Chemical-Specific Prevention Steps: Sierra Chemical Co. achieves accidental release prevention through the following programs. OSHA Process S
afety Management Guidelines (Sierra Chemical Co. Document HS180.10), Accident Prevention Program (Sierra Chemical Co. Document HS105), and the Sierra Chemical Co. Workplace Audit and Compliance Audit programs.
The Five-Year Accident History: Sierra Chemical Co., Rocklin Facility, since beginning operation has had no accident, either chlorine or sulfur dioxide, that has resulted in off-site/on-site impacts as defined in 40 CFR Part 68.
The Emergency Response Program: Sierra Chemical Co., Rocklin Facility, has a written emergency response plan (Sierra Chemical Co. Document HS150.20) prepared pursuant to 29 CFR 1910.120(q). Applicable plant personnel receive annual training including drills. Additionally, a copy of the emergency response plan has been furnished to the Local Emergency Planning Committee.
Planned Changes to Improve Safety: Sierra Chemical Co. strives to improve safety by implementation of the OSHA Process Safety Management Standard (including compliance audits ever
y three years and process hazards analysis revalidation every five years) and an employee safety committee.