BASF Corporation Gurnee site - Executive Summary
RISK MANAGEMENT PLAN |
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY FOR BASF, GURNEE, IL
Commitment to the Community
BASF Corporation has a long tradition of operating its
facilities in the safest possible manner. BASF also
believes in being a responsible corporate citizen and
maintaining open, constructive dialogue with our neighbors.
These principles are an integral part of our corporate
vision statement and values. We believe that sharing this
information with our neighbors makes good sense. By doing
so, we believe the community will better understand how safe
and ecologically sound BASF operations are.
BASF Corporation has the following Corporate Guidelines
related to environmental, health and safety:
z We produce products that are safe to manufacture, use
and dispose of.
z We assist our customers to use our products safely and
in an environmentally sound manner. We provide them with
information on correct handling of our products.
z We minimize the impact on mankind and the environment
during production, storage, transportation, marketing and
use of our products.
z Economic considerations do not take priority over
environmental protection, health and safety.
z An important contribution to "Sustainable Development"
is our involvement in the "Responsible Care" initiative
worldwide. This applies to our products and services in all
our businesses and affiliates.
z We are committed to making continuous improvements in
safety, health and environmental protection. We do this
acting on our own initiative and in consultation with
recognized regulatory authorities. We take any action
judged to be necessary, whether or not dictated by statutory
obligation or official regulations.
z We encourage safety, environmental and health awareness
z We regard it as an important corporate duty to advance
science and tech
nology in order to improve safety and
z We carefully weigh the potential benefits and risks of
new discoveries and technologies in dialogue with scientists
and society before deciding on how to proceed.
z We pursue an open dialogue with all relevant opinion
leaders in society. Our goals are to promote and strengthen
mutual understanding and deepen trust in what we do.
The BASF Corporation Gurnee Site implements these policies
through site-specific programs and procedures.
The BASF Corporation Gurnee Site uses two (2) RMP regulated
chemicals: ethylene oxide and propylene oxide as raw
materials. These chemicals are used to manufacture
surfactants. The end products of the Gurnee site using the
RMP chemicals as raw materials are used for personal care,
food additives and automotive coatings.
z The worst case scenario as defined by the RMP
regulation is a toxic gas release of et
hylene oxide with off-
site impacts. No administrative or passive mitigation
measures have been used to define the worst case scenario as
prescribed by the EPA. In practice the Gurnee site has
layers of protection to prevent the actual occurrence of the
worst case scenario.
z The alternate case scenario as defined by the RMP
regulation is a toxic liquid release of ethylene oxide with
off-site impacts. Active mitigation controls were
considered such as emergency shutdown systems to control the
z The alternate case scenario as defined by the RMP
regulation is a toxic liquid release of propylene oxide with
off-site impacts. Active mitigation controls were considered
such as emergency shutdown systems to control the release.
Accidental Release Prevention Program
To prevent accidental releases, this facility is in
compliance with the EPA Risk Management Program, the OSHA
Process Safety Management Standard, and the Chemical
nufacturer Association's Responsible Care Process Safety
Five Year Accident History
This facility has had no accidental release over the past
five years, which meet the reporting criteria.
Emergency Response Program
This facility has an emergency response plan that is
coordinated with the community plan. Hazmat team members
are trained and participate in drills regularly. Annual
drills are conducted with local municipal responders.
Employees are trained how to identify an emergency and how
to adequately respond. There is an alert system at the site
that is used to notify all employees of an emergency and the
need to take action. There are layers of protection and
redundant process control systems that will prevent or
reduce the severity of a release.
The LEPC Coordinator for the county has been advised that
the site is covered by the RMP regulations and has taken a
tour of the facility.
Planned Changes to Improve Safety
Processes are routinely changed to improve safety
result of employee safety programs which include monthly
training sessions, observation and suggestion programs,
incident investigation and corrective action programs,
audits and inspection programs and preventative maintenance
programs and schedules.
Capital projects that have been approved by management and
have been installed at the Gurnee site include a distributed
control system for improved process control and reduced risk
of an accidental release, an air control device called a
scrubber, an improved water system for safety showers and
eye wash stations, and the installation of valves to reduce