August 13, 2013 | In our newsletter, we have covered the deadly accidents that resulted from the chemical plant explosions in West, Texas and other parts of the country. Those devastating accidents have left many to revisit their current systems, policies, procedures, and exercise additional precaution.
Products like fertilizer (in the case of West, Texas) are made up of many hazardous materials (ammonium nitrate) and if not handled correctly, they can lead to deadly accidents and consequences.
Now, more than ever, the EPA is cracking down on plants because of these accidents. In addition to this, plants just like the one in West, Texas are not few or far between. These plants exist throughout states across the United States. A federal database notes that at least 59 companies in Pennsylvania alone store large amounts of ammonia.
How are those companies preparing for safety and security? Those handling large amounts of toxic and flammable chemicals must develop hazard assessments, health and safety plans, prevention programs, and emergency response plans.
Learn more about how one company and its community are joining forces to address their safety needs.