Arkema says Houston plant is safe, to review US safety citations

12 July 2012 16:09  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Arkema will review US citations for safety violations at its chemical plant in Houston in coming days, an official said on Thursday, adding that the facility is safe.

“We take this very seriously and always strive to be compliant,” Chad Crittendon, director of industrial safety for Arkema in the US, told ICIS.

Crittendon, who used to be the manger of the biochemical and sulphur chemistry plant in Houston, was responding to news that US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited the French company with serious safety violations for exposing workers to safety hazards at the facility.

“We received news of this yesterday [11 July] and are still evaluating OSHA’s citations,” Crittendon said.

“Some of the allegations go back a number of years and we need time to review.  We will have a clearer picture by 1 August,” he said.

Crittendon said that the Houston plant is safe, with no lost work time incidents in more than two years.

“Is there room for improvement?  Yes,” he said.

“We’ll be looking into [the citations] and will make adjustments wherever necessary,” he added.

OSHA is proposing to fine Arkema $117,100 (€96,022) for the violations. The company has 15 business days to comply, to request an informal conference with OSHA, or to contest the citations and penalties.

($1 = €0.82)

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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