Manufacturer Put Employees At Risk When Handling Dangerous Chemicals: OSHA

OSHA has issued Elan Chemical Co. of Newark, N.J., 17 citations.

An OSHA inspection under its national program focused on chemical manufacturers has resulted in 17 citations for Elan Chemical Company.

According to the agency's release, inspectors cited the Newark, N.J.-based company for deficiencies in the employer's equipment process safety information, process hazard analysis, written operating procedures, contractor safety, equipment inspection, and testing, along with management of process changes.

"The violations identified in this inspection create a hazardous environment for the plant's workers," said Kris Hoffman, director of OSHA's Parsippany Area Office. "This facility uses more than 10,000 pounds of ethyl chloride, a highly flammable liquefied gas. The company's failure to comply with OSHA's Process Safety Management standard could result in a chemical release, as well as a serious fire or explosion."

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