InChem Corporation - Executive Summary
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1. Accidental Release Prevention and Emergency Response Policies
We at InChem Corporation 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 Specialty Chemical Manufacturer. We have 2 regulated substances present at our facility. These substances include Epichlorohydrin [Oxirane, (chloromethyl)-] and Methyl chloride [Methane, chloro-]. Epichlorohydrin [Oxirane, (chloromethyl)-] is used for Phenoxy resin production. Methyl chloride
[Methane, chloro-] is used for proprietary resin production (toll manufacturing).
3. The Worst Case Release Scenario(s) and the Alternative Release Scenario(s), including administrative controls and mitigation measures to limit the distances for each reported scenario
To perform the required offsite consequence analysis for our facility, we have used 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 Methyl Capped Glycol. In this scenario 191690.10 lb. of Methyl chloride [Methane, chloro-] 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 3.7 miles is obtained corresponding to a toxic e
ndpoint of 0.82 mg/L.
Phenoxy process qualifies as a program level 1 process. In the worst case scenario for this process 240739.89 lb. of Epichlorohydrin [Oxirane, (chloromethyl)-] 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 35707.69 minutes. Passive mitigation systems such as dike(s) are also taken into account to calculate the scenario. At Class F atmospheric stability and 1.5 m/s windspeed, the maximum distance of 0.39 miles is obtained corresponding to a toxic endpoint of 0.076 mg/L. This distance is less than the distance to the nearest public receptor.
The alternative release scenario for Methyl chloride [Methane, chloro-] involves a release from Methyl Capped Glycol. The scenario involves the release of 191690.10 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 300 minutes. Under neutral weather conditions, the maximum distance to the toxic endpoint of 0.82 mg/L of Methyl chloride [Methane, chloro-] is 0.35 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
InChem Corporation maintains a detailed record of safety information that describes 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 HAZOP. The studies are undertaken by a team of qualified personnel with expertise in engineering and process operations and are revalidated at a regular interval of three years or significant process modification, whichever is shorter. Any findings related to the hazard analysis are addressed in a timely manner. The most recent PHA/update was performed on 09/04/1997.
For the purposes of safely conducting activities within our covered processes, InChem Corporation 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.
InChem Corporation has a comprehensive training program in pl
ace to ensure that employees who are operating processes are competent in the operating procedures associated with these processes. Refresher training is provided at least every three years and more frequently depending on operating procedural changesand needs.
InChem Corporation 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 InChem Corporation to manage changes in process chemicals
, technology, equipment and procedures. The most recent review/revision of maintenance procedures was performed on 05/11/1999. 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 the modification.
Pre-start up safety reviews related to new processes and to modifications in established processes are conducted as a regular practice at InChem Corporation. The most recent review was performed on 06/04/1999. These reviews are conducted to confirm that construction, equipment, operating and maintenance procedures are suitable for safe startup prior to placing equipment into operation.
InChem Corporation 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 June 4, 1999. These audits are carried
out at least every 3 years and any corrective actions required as a result of the audits are undertaken in a safe and prompt manner.
InChem Corporation 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.
InChem Corporation 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 company 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. InChem Corporation 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
InChem Corporation 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
InChem Corporation 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 treatmen
t, evacuations, notification of local emergency response agencies and the public, as well as post-incident decontamination of affected areas.
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.
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. Chemical specific sensors is one of the major steps we want to take to improve safety at our facility. These changes are expected to be implemented by December 1, 1999 if sensors are found with chemical specific sensitivity. InChem is working with Bacharach to determine availability of these type of sensors.