Process Safety Management Violations Add Up to $62,100 in Fines for N.J. Firm

An inspection was initiated on Jan. 7 in response to a referral from the New Jersey State Police alleging that a hazardous chemical solvent was released during a cleaning process.

OSHA has cited Troy Chemical Corp. for 11 serious safety violations related to process safety management at its Newark, N.J., facility. An inspection was initiated on Jan. 7 in response to a referral from the New Jersey State Police alleging that a hazardous chemical solvent was released during a cleaning process. Proposed penalties total $62,100.

"It is vital that the company take the necessary steps to correct these hazards to prevent future chemical releases or other incidents," said Kris Hoffman, director of OSHA's Parsippany Area Office. "All aspects of the OSHA process safety management standard must be followed by employers in order to ensure that employees stay safe at work."

The violations include failing to provide a written plan for employee participation, written shift change procedures, adequate process chemistry documentation, pressure relief system design and design basis, electrical classification documentation, and written mechanical integrity procedures. Additionally, the company's operating procedures lacked documentation of chemical properties and hazards, documentation of control measures to be taken after physical and inhalation exposure to hazardous chemicals, and emergency shutdown procedures. The company also failed to ensure that equipment complied with recognized and generally accepted good engineering practices, conduct compliance audits, conduct initial process hazard analysis, inspect and test equipment, and manage changes to the operating procedures before they were made.

Troy Chemical Corp. develops and manufactures performance additive chemicals, and employs 96 workers at its Newark site.

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