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Phillips 66 has reached an agreement with OSHA to settle citations arising from a major accident at the Houston Chemical Complex owned by Phillips. After the October 23, 1990 explosion and fire at the chemical complex, OSHA imposed penalties of $5.6 million - the second highest in OSHA history - against Phillips for failing to protect employees from the danger of fire and explosion. Amounting to what OSHA says is the largest settlement in the 20-year history of the agency, Phillips must pay $4 million in fines and implement corporate-wide process safety management procedures. A key component of this commitment is a process hazard analysis for each plant process involving hazardous chemicals. The process safety reviews will also be instituted at Phillips' facilities at Sweeny and Borger, TX, and Woods Cross, UT. Phillips also agrees to provide training to its own and for contractor employees to enable them to understand the specific hazards posed by highly hazardous chemicals present at its facilities and to explain written operating procedures for working safely with the chemicals. In exchange, the settlement agreement stipulates that OSHA will no longer characterize any alleged violation as willful. Phillips maintains that the accident occurred when well-established procedures were not followed. It admits no liability in connection with the accident, which killed 23 employees and injured an additional 130.
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Title Annotation:Occupational Health and Safety Agency agreement concerning Houston chemical complex fire fines and safety measure implementation
Publication:Rubber World
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Oct 1, 1991
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