If you've no account register here first time
User Name :
User Email :
Password :

Login Now
hazmat suit

EPA Finalizes Risk Management Program for Chemical Facilities

hazmat suitSome chemical facilities will soon be required to adhere to stricter EHS guidelines under a rule finalized yesterday by the EPA that amends its Risk Management Program regulations.

The agency says the new regulations will reduce the likelihood of accidental releases at these sites and improve emergency response activities when those releases occur.

The rule is in response to the West, Texas explosion at a fertilizer plant that killed 15 people in 2013.

The amendments require some facilities that use and distribute hazardous chemicals to:

  • Consider safer technologies and alternatives by including the assessment of Inherently Safer Technologies and Designs in the Process Hazard Assessment;
  • Conduct third-party audits and root cause analysis to identify process safety improvements for accident prevention;
  • Enhance emergency planning and preparedness requirements to help ensure coordination between facilities and local communities; and
  • Strength emergency response planning to help ensure emergency response capabilities are available to mitigate the effect of a chemical accident.

In the last 10 years more than 1,500 accidents were reported by RMP facilities, according to the EPA. These accidents are responsible for causing nearly 60 deaths; some 17,000 people being injured or seeking medical treatment; almost 500,000 people being evacuated or sheltered-in-place; and more than $2 billion in property damages.

Just the Facts: 8 Popular Misconceptions about LEDs & Controls
Sponsored By: Digital Lumens

  
The EHS Guidebook: Selecting, Implementing, and Using EHS Software Solutions
Sponsored By: EtQ

  
Financing Environmental Resiliency and a Low-Carbon Future with Green Bonds
Sponsored By: NSF International

  
Top 10 Steps for a Successful EMIS Project
Sponsored By: Sphera Solutions

  

Leave a Comment