OSHA cites Dover Chemical

Miles Moore

Published: November 30, 2012 6:00 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Materials, Public Policy, Suppliers

DOVER, OHIO (Nov. 30, 1:35 p.m. ET) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued citations against Dover Chemical Corp. for 47 alleged violations of federal health and safety regulations.

OSHA has proposed $545,000 in fines against Dover Chemical, a manufacturer of various antioxidants, flame retardants, dispersing agents and other chemicals for the rubber and plastics industries.

The Nov. 28 citations are the result of an OSHA investigation of Dover Chemical’s manufacturing plant in Dover, involving the breach of a PVC piping system, the agency said. OSHA said it found multiple problems with the plant’s standards for process safety management, which are required of every facility that uses hazardous chemicals.

OSHA designated four of the violations as “willful,” meaning that management either deliberately disregarded federal regulations or was plainly indifferent to worker safety and health.

These violations were failure to correct deficiencies found in compliance audits; not resolving recommendations made during a process hazard analysis; having operating procedures that did not include the consequences for deviating from procedures or the steps necessary to correct deviations; and process safety information that did not detail the construction materials for piping and piping system components.

Of the remaining 43 violations, OSHA designated 41 as “serious” and two as “other than serious.” These included inaccurate operating procedures; inadequate information about the hazards of inadvertently mixing different chemicals; and lack of employee training about process safety management.

OSHA said it placed Dover Chemical in the agency’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which mandates targeted follow-up inspections to ensure compliance with the law.

Dover Chemical had 15 days from Nov. 28 to decide whether to comply with the OSHA order, request an informal conference with the agency’s area director or contest the citations before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Dover Chemical President Dwain S. Colvin could not be reached for comment.


Comments

OSHA cites Dover Chemical

Miles Moore

Published: November 30, 2012 6:00 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Hong Kong's TK eyes expansion, may buy Nypro Tool operation

September 19, 2014 2:49 pm ET

Hong Kong-based mold maker and plastics processor TK Group (Holdings) Ltd. said it's reached a tentative agreement to buy a tooling factory in...    More

Image

Foster building medical polymers plant

September 19, 2014 1:39 pm ET

Foster Delivery Science is investing $8 million in a new plant in Putnam, Conn., for production of medical polymer blends, as well as rods, film or...    More

Image

BP to restart damaged PTA unit in limited capacity by November

September 19, 2014 10:27 am ET

British Petroleum plc may restart its fire-damaged purified terephthalic acid (PTA) feedstock unit in South Carolina in late October or early...    More

Image

Bayer spinning off plastics business

September 18, 2014 8:49 am ET

Bayer AG will spin off its MaterialScience plastics group into a separate, publicly-traded company within the next 12 to 18 months.    More

Image

Study: 75 percent of Australia's ocean debris is plastic

September 18, 2014 7:48 pm ET

About 75 percent of the trash found in the waters off Australia's beaches is plastic, with most of that coming from local sources rather than sea-born...    More

Market Reports

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Shale Gas Market - Analysis of North American Region

This report highlights the impact of shale-based natural gas on the North American plastics market and features an in-depth analysis of production trends in the United States during 2013 and a forecast for 2014 and beyond.

Learn more

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook – North America

This in-depth report analyzes economic and market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as growth strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events