Jack Frost gets nipped

Posted by admin on February 9th, 2009 filed in Uncategorized

EPA Region 10 has continued to show its teeth (apparently the only ones in the nation) with yet another RMP fine – settling with Jack Frost Fruit Company for $100,000 in fines and a supplemental environmental project (investment in local resources) for RMP violations at its Yakima, WA facility.   Jack Frost was an example of “head in the sand” non-compliance.  While all of their neighbors were assiduously developing RMPs, they continued to insist that their system was not covered by process safety management or the RMP.  Jack Frost is just one of many enforcement cases (publicized and not) that Region 10 has brought in the past five years.

Despite receiving more than $4 million from Equilon in settlement – much of which was aimed at educating inspectors in PSM issues – WISHA continues to follow the lead of their neighbor to the south (that’s right, here in Oregon) to not visit potentially covered facilities to assess hazardous materials inventories, to review prevention programs, and to improve compliance with PSM.

Failure by OSHA and state programs to enforce PSM constitutes a competitive advantage for those companies that don’t adhere to the standards.  Many of Endeavour’s clients are at a disadvantage because of the size of their investment in a PSM program – personnel, consulting, and safety improvements.  Inspections level the playing field.  They may be painful and scary – but a robust program should survive quite well.

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