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Lazarus Energy cited by OSHA
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Lazarus Energy LLC for 11 safety violations, with proposed penalties totaling $43,400, mainly for exposing workers to chemical hazards at its Nixon refinery. The inspection, according to a Jan. 15 Department of Labor and Public Affairs press release, began in July 2013 after a referral from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), focused on the refinery’s process safety management program for handling flammable liquids in excess of 10,000 pounds.
Process safety management encompasses a detailed set of requirements and procedures employers must follow to address hazards proactively that are associated with processes and equipment that use threshold quantities of hazardous chemicals. In this case, the majority of violations relate to potential fire and explosion hazards stemming from the distillation of sweet crude oil into products, such as naphtha, kerosene, and diesel fuels.
The 10 serious process safety management violations cited include failing to compile process safety information for piping, vessels, and other equipment properly; update and complete a thorough process hazard analysis; resolve previous process hazard analysis action items; update communication operating procedures; compile and implement written procedures for mechanical integrity; and implement a management of change program. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
The other-than-serious violation involves failing to initiate and maintain record keeping of the OSHA 300 injury and illness logs for the 2012 calendar year. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.
OSHA’s standards contain specific requirements for the management of hazards associated with processes using dangerous chemicals.
For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.
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