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$115K in Fines for Lockout Failures at NJ Plastics Plant

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West Deptford, NJ – OSHA has cited Solvay Specialty Polymers USA LLC with three repeat and eight serious safety violations, proposing fines totaling $115,000. The chemical facility located in West Deptford (NJ) is a part of the Belgian plastics firm Solvay S.A.

OSHA investigated the NJ Solvay Specialty Polymers facility in Feb. 2016 and fplastics lockout finesound several repeat violations of federal process safety management regulations, including failure to develop a set of written procedures for maintaining process equipment – a process know as Lockout/Tagout.

Having equipment specific lockout procedures written for each piece of equipment is required by OSHA. The lockout procedures provide detailed instruction on how to isolate and lock each energy source for a given piece of equipment, helping to prevent the unexpected energization or startup of machinery and equipment, or the release of hazardous energy during service or maintenance activities. Martin Technical’s Rapid LOTO lockout procedure development program is designed to provide high quality procedures that are easy to follow.

Martin Technical is a leading provider of practical safety and efficiency services that make industrial plants and facilities better, safer and more efficient. Our experts can help simplify the complex by applying real-world solutions for Lockout Tagout, Arc Flash, Electrical Safety, Risk Assessments, Training, Machine Safety & Safety Consulting Services. A detailed description of our professional lockout/tagout services can be found on our website.

Additional citations were issued to Solvay Specialty Polymers USA LLC for failing to review operating procedures to comply with current operating practice, failing to inspect and test process equipment, failing to follow established procedures to manage changes to process chemicals, technology, equipment, and/or facilities, and failing to respond properly to a compliance audit.

At Martin Technical, we genuinely care about people. Contact an expert on our Safety and Compliance Team today to discuss how we can improve compliance and quality at your facility.

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