PRINCETON, N.J.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Chilworth Technology, Inc. (Chilworth) announced today that it expects increased scrutiny including targeted OSHA inspections at the nation’s 13,000+ chemical facilities in light of the April ammonium nitrate explosion in West, Texas that killed 15 people and injured 200 more, and the August 1 presidential executive order to improve safety at chemical facilities nationwide.
“We expect a greater number of OSHA inspections as the new presidential order is implemented”
“We expect a greater number of OSHA inspections as the new presidential order is implemented,” said Vahid Ebadat, CEO of Chilworth North America. He continued, “In a facility handling or storing reactive chemicals, the population at risk often extends beyond the walls of the facility and includes emergency responders and the surrounding community. The Texas explosion was a stark reminder that the handling and storage of reactive chemicals presents serious risks that are not always properly addressed.”
Chilworth chemical assessment services identify and assess a chemical facility’s handling and storage procedures, emergency preparedness plans, and compliance with applicable Federal and other regulations. Chilworth process safety services routinely help US and multinational Fortune 500 and smaller companies to comply with oversight of hazardous chemicals. Services identify the reactive chemical hazards and their safe handling, processing, packaging, transport, and storage.
In early August, the White House issued an executive order to improve safety at chemical facilities nationwide. The executive order directs the Department of Homeland Security, the EPA and DOL to establish a Chemical Facility Safety and Security Working Group to improve coordination among federal, state and local agencies, to review the effectiveness of chemical safety programs and to develop regulatory and legislative solutions. It also calls for the revision and strengthening of EPA’s Risk Management Program and OSHA’s Process Safety Management standard. For more information about the presidential executive order go to:http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/08/01/executive-order-improving-chemical-facility-safety-and-security
Chilworth Technology, a DEKRA company, supports Process Safety Excellence worldwide with process safety management (PSM), process safety engineering (PSE), and process safety training services. PSM Programs include Process Hazard Assessment, Risk Analysis, Mechanical Integrity, Commitment to Process Safety, and Management of Change. PSE services include testing of chemicals, powders/dusts, liquids, and gases for their reactivity, thermal stability, flammability/combustibility, and electrostatic properties; fire and explosion hazard assessments; process design/safety engineering support; expert witness testimony and litigation support; and technical and engineering consulting. Chilworth serves clients throughout the agrochemical, chemical, engineering, food processing, government, insurance/legal, metals, oil/gas, pharmaceutical, plastics, rubber and other industries. Chilworth has offices throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information about Chilworth, visit www.chilworth.com.
DEKRA SE is one of the world’s leading expert organizations. The company currently runs activities in more than 50 countries. Approximately 28,000 employees are committed to ensuring long-term safety, quality andenvironmental protection. For more information visit www.dekra.com.