Brazil's Braskem to fund safety measures after explosion, leak

13 April 2012 23:18  [Source: ICIS news]

SAO PAULO (ICIS) -Braskem has signed a deal with the state government of Alagoas committing to up to Brazilian real (R)1.5m ($820,000) in safety improvements for its chlor-alkali workers in the region after two accidents in the state in May 2011, the government said on Friday.

The measures are in response to a chlorine leak that sent more than 130 persons in the community of Pontal da Barra to the hospital and an explosion that injured six workers, the ministry said.

Braskem agreed to install alarms and devices that will stop the unit automatically in case of an emergency and to control the temperature of the equipment responsible for one of the accidents.  

The company must have emergency drills and should support texts on good safety practices under the deal. Brakem must also offer professional health and safety courses to employees.

If Braskem does not to comply with the safety measures required at the chlor-alkali unit, the company will be charged a fine of R5,000/day for each irregular item, the government of the northeast Brazilian state said. The money will be reverted to non-for-profit entities, it added.

($1 = R1.83)

By: Hellen Berger
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