US Great Lakes Chemical slammed with bromine safety citations

08 June 2012 21:07  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--US workplace safety regulators proposed $122,000 (€96,380) in fines against Great Lakes Chemical for failing to protect its workers from bromine exposure at its Arkansas facility, a federal agency said on Friday.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Great Lakes with 18 serious safety violations at its El Dorado facility, including failing to address hazards of closing or blocking valves; failing to develop safety procedures for pressure vessels and piping; and failing to ensure the mechanical integrity of such vessels and piping.

Additionally, the company failed to ensure that ladder-way platform openings were guarded by standard railings, OSHA said.

“By failing to ensure that safeguards are in place, Great Lakes Chemical puts its workers at risk of exposure to bromine, a highly hazardous chemical that can cause severe burns to the eyes, nose, throat and respiratory system,” said Carlos Reynolds, director of the agency’s Little Rock, Arkansas, office.

Great Lakes has 15 business days to seek an informal conference with OSHA, or to contest the citations.

Great Lakes could not be reached for immediate comment.

($1 = €0.79)

By: Brian Ford
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