BASF Corporation Gurnee site - Executive Summary

| Accident History | Chemicals | Emergency Response | Registration | Source | Executive Summary |

                   RISK MANAGEMENT PLAN 


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 
 among employees. 
z    We regard it as an important corporate duty to advance 
 science and tech 
nology in order to improve safety and 
 environmental protection. 
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. 
Facility Description 
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. 
Release Scenarios 
Worst Case 
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. 
Alternative Case(s) 
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 
as a 
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 
fugitive emissions.
Click to return to beginning