Ashland Specialty Chemical Company - Kearny, NJ - Executive Summary
The accidental release prevention and emergency response policies at your facility: |
Ashland Specialty Chemical Company (Ashland) relies on numerous programs to ensure early identification of and proper response to potential emergencies, including:
7 training and drills in emergency preparedness, hazardous materials training, disaster response and control, first-aid, and fire-and-rescue techniques;
7 frequent auditing of all preparedness programs, safety training and education; and
7 regular review, follow-up, and maintenance of all company operations and equipment.
Our facilities regularly invite local fire departments and emergency responders to tour and inspect our plants, participate in joint emergency drills, and gain familiarity with our operations. Many of our employees are members of the Local Emergency Planning Committee, area volunteer fire departments, and local emergency response units. Our facilities have written emergency preparedness plans that are updated regula
Ashland facilities typically host open houses every 3 to 5 years as an opportunity for neighbors to learn about our commitment to safety. Ashland makes and effort to support our communities through sponsorship of local activities and participation in many local organizations.
A description of your facility and the regulated substances handled:
Cyclohexylamine is the only regulated substance held above the regulatory threshold quantity. Cyclohexylamine is used in the processing of chemicals for the marine industry. Pure drummed cyclohexylamine is stored outdoors in rows on asphalt pavement. This is the only area in the facility where the substance exceeds the USEPA listed threshold quantity as defined in 40 CFR 68.130. The remaining processing and finished product storage areas are not covered.
For more information, visit our web site at www.ashspec.com or contact the Plant Manager.
The worst-case release scenario:
The USEPA RMP regulations require the worst-case rel
ease scenario to assume that the entire contents of the largest vessel are released. This event is unlikely and has never occurred at our facility. Based on our analysis using USEPA-approved methods, the worst-case release scenario could potentially affect offsite receptors.
The general accidental release prevention program and chemical-specific prevention steps.
This facility is operated in strict accordance with the USEPA prevention program requirements. A written management system is in place with operating and maintenance procedures. Our management system procedures ensure rigorous training for operations employees, numerous management checks and balances, and strict attention to changes in the operations with a thorough review and examination of potential incidents that could lead to accidental releases. Ashland maintains a 24-hour corporate emergency reporting system that can speedily coordinate emergency response with management and quickly communicate key first-aid or
medical information to local health care providers. This facility has emergency medical treatment information readily available for use in an emergency.
Five-year accident history.
We have never had a release of cyclohexylamine that has had any offsite impacts from our facility.
Emergency Repsonse Program:
Our employees are trained and equipped to respond to accidental chemical releases. Our employees regularly undergo training in emergency response actions and methods. Our facilities regularly invite local fire departments and emergency responders to tour and inspect our plants, gain familiarity with our operations, and participate in joint emergency drills. This facility has a written emergency response plan that is updated regularly.
Planned changes to improve safety:
Our facility continually evaluates and implements employee suggestions and recommendations resulting from routine hazard reviews. We make changes to improve safety based on comments and information
developed within our organization and the industry. Toward continuous improvement, we are looking at ways to minimize risk through process improvement, process re-design, and formulation substitution. Ashland is committed to the Chemical Manufacturers Association's Responsible CareSM Initiative Management Code on Process Safety.