Process-safety violations add up to $66k in fines

by on October 25, 2012 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

Citgo Refining and Chemicals (Corpus Christi, TX) faces a $66,500 fine after an employee complained to OSHA about being exposed to a hydrofluoric acid leak.

OSHA investigated and determined the company didn’t have proper safeguards to protect workers from toxic- chemical releases. OSHA issued four serious violations related to the company’s process safety management program:

  • failing to properly record process safety information
  • not ensuring that the process hazard analysis is accurate
  • not ensuring that equipment complies with the required engineering practices, and
  • not securing operating procedure certification and providing a satisfactory relief valve design.

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