Jody Cold Storage - Executive Summary
General Executive Summary for Chemical, Manufacturing |
and Oil Refining Facilities
1. Accidental Release Prevention and Emergency Response Policies
We at Jody Cold Storage are strongly committed to employee, public and
environmental safety. This commitment is demonstrated by our
comprehensive accidental release prevention program that covers areas
such as design, installation, operating procedures, maintenance, and
employee training associated with the processes at our facility. It is
our policy to implement appropriate controls to prevent possible
releases of regulated substances.
2. The Stationary Source and the Regulated Substances Handled
Our facility's primary activities encompass Cold Storage of Packaged
Fresh Fruit. We have 1 regulated substances present at our facility.
These substances include and Ammonia (anhydrous). Ammonia (anhydrous)
is used for fresh fruit refrigeration.
3. The Worst Case Release Scenario(s) and the Alternative Release
), including administrative controls and mitigation measures
to limit the distances for each reported scenario
To evaluate the worst case scenarios, we have used the EPA's
RMP*Comp(TM). For alternative release scenario analyses we have
employed the EPA's OCA Guidance Reference Tables or Equations. The
following paragraphs provide details of the chosen scenarios.
The worst case release scenario submitted for Program 2 and 3 toxic
substances as a class involves a catastrophic release from Liquid
Ammonia Cold Storage Facility. In this scenario 990 lb. of Ammonia
(anhydrous) is released. The toxic liquid released is assumed to form a
1 cm deep pool from which evaporation takes place. The entire pool is
estimated to evaporate over 10 minutes. At Class F atmospheric
stability and 1.5 m/s windspeed, the maximum distance of 0.4 miles is
obtained corresponding to a toxic endpoint of 0.14 mg/L.
The alternative release scenario for Ammonia (anhydrous) involves a
ase from Liquid Ammonia Cold Storage Facility. The scenario
involves the release of 100 lb. of . Toxic liquid is assumed to be
released to form a 1 cm deep pool from which evaporation takes place.
The entire pool is estimated to have evaporated after 10 minutes. Under
neutral weather conditions, the maximum distance to the toxic endpoint
of 0.14 mg/L of Ammonia (anhydrous) is 0.06 miles.
4. The General Accidental Release Prevention Program and the
Chemical-Specific Prevention Steps
Our facility has taken all the necessary steps to comply with the
accidental release prevention requirements set out under 40 CFR part 68
of the EPA. This facility was designed and constructed in accordance
with NFPA-58 Standard, 1967 Edition. The following sections briefly
describe the elements of the release prevention program that is in place
at our stationary source.
Process Safety Information
Jody Cold Storage maintains a detailed record of safety information that
es the chemical hazards, operating parameters and equipment
designs associated with all processes.
Process Hazard Analysis
Our facility conducts comprehensive studies to ensure that hazards
associated with our processes are identified and controlled efficiently.
The methodology used to carry out these analyses is State Environmental
Agency. Any findings related to the hazard analysis are addressed in a
timely manner. The most recent PHA/update was performed on 02/20/1998.
For the purposes of safely conducting activities within our covered
processes, Jody Cold Storage maintains written operating procedures.
These procedures address various modes of operation such as initial
startup, normal operations, temporary operations, emergency shutdown,
emergency operations, normal shutdown and startup after a turnaround.
The information is regularly reviewed and is readily accessible to
operators involved in the processes.
Jody Cold Storage
has a comprehensive training program in place to
ensure that employees who are operating processes are competent in the
operating procedures associated with these processes.
Jody Cold Storage carries out highly documented maintenance checks on
process equipment to ensure proper operations. Process equipment
examined by these checks includes among others; pressure vessels,
storage tanks, piping systems, relief and vent systems, emergency
shutdown systems, controls and pumps. Maintenance operations are
carried out by qualified personnel with previous training in maintenance
practices. Furthermore, these personnel are offered specialized
training as needed. Any equipment deficiencies identified by the
maintenance checks are corrected in a safe and timely manner.
Management of Change
Written procedures are in place at Jody Cold Storage to manage changes
in process chemicals, technology, equipment and procedures. The most
vision of maintenance procedures was performed on
03/01/1999. Process operators, maintenance personnel or any other
employee whose job tasks are affected by a modification in process
conditions are promptly made aware of and offered training to deal with
Pre-start up safety reviews related to new processes and to
modifications in established processes are conducted as a regular
practice at Jody Cold Storage. The most recent review was performed on
04/06/1999. These reviews are conducted to confirm that construction,
equipment, operating and maintenance procedures are suitable for safe
startup prior to placing equipment into operation.
Jody Cold Storage conducts audits on a regular basis to determine
whether the provisions set out under the RMP rule are being implemented.
The most recent comliance audit was conducted on 02/20/1998. These
audits are carried out at least every 3 years and any corrective a
required as a result of the audits are undertaken in a safe and prompt
Jody Cold Storage promptly investigates any incident that has resulted
in, or could reasonably result in a catastrophic release of a regulated
substance. These investigations are undertaken to identify the
situation leading to the incident as well as any corrective actions to
prevent the release from reoccurring. All reports are retained for a
minimum of 5 years.
Jody Cold Storage truly believes that process safety management and
accident prevention is a team effort. Company employees are strongly
encouraged to express their views concerning accident prevention issues
and to recommend improvements. In addition, our employees have access
to all information created as part of the facility's implementation of
the RMP rule, including information resulting from process hazard
analyses in particular.
On occasion, our com
pany hires contractors to conduct specialized
maintenance and construction activities. Prior to selecting a
contractor, a thorough evaluation of safety performance of the
contractor is carried out. Jody Cold Storage has a strict policy of
informing the contractors of known potential hazards related the
contractor's work and the processes. Contractors are also informed of
all the procedures for emergency response should an accidental release
of a regulated substance occur.
5. Five-year Accident History
Jody Cold Storage has had an excellent record of preventing accidental
releases over the last 5 years. Due to our stringent release prevention
policies, there has been no accidental release during this period.
6. Emergency Response Plan
Jody Cold Storage carries a written emergency response plan to deal with
accidental releases of hazardous materials. The plan includes all
aspects of emergency response including adequate first aid and medical
tions, notification of local emergency response
agencies and the public, as well as post-incident decontamination of
To ensure proper functioning, our emergency response equipment is
regularly inspected and serviced. In addition, the plan is promptly
updated to reflect any pertinent changes taking place within our
processes that would require a modified emergency response.
Region 5 is the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) with which our
emergency plan has been coordinated and verified.
7. Planned Changes to Improve Safety
Several developments and findings have resulted from the implementation
of the various elements of our accidental release prevention program.