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Attitudes to Chemical Management in Industry

February 17, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 184

We keep hearing about the Orica plant in Sydney with spill after spill and I wonder if this is just the tip of the iceberg? Here are several examples I have come across - quite apart from the lack of bunding I see nearly everywhere.

It's an attitude thing.

One business I worked with a few years ago transported several 1,000 litre containers of hydrogen peroxide a hundred km or so up a busy and narrow rural highway. He thought dangerous goods handling training for his drivers was totally over the top. Hydrogen peroxide is environmentally friendly and is used even in organic farming which it is because it breaks down to water and oxygen.

The problem is that breaks down very vigorously indeed! Significant personal protective equipment is needed when handling it. I pointed out what might happen if his truck was involved in an accident with a family... Suddenly he saw my point... after I suggested that he could go to jail for manslaughter.

It is ridiculous that it is necessary to be heavy like that to change an attitude.

Another factory I visited more recently has between 1,000 and 2,000 litres of hydrochloric acid AND the same amount of sodium hydroxide stored side by side and the same bund is there to catch both.

The plant engineers told me it would "fizz a bit" if they had a leak or they mixed. Fizz a bit!

They would be lucky if all that happened was evacuating the factory and the entire district for 4 blocks around!

A recent incident at another factory in Adelaide, where they spilt sodium hydroxide caused an evacuation for several blocks including both houses and other businesses.

Why do some people ignore the potential for problems, remaining sure they won't happen to them?

It does make sense to implementing a management system by identifying everything you do so that you can discover the hidden dangers that could cost your business thousands of dollars - with all the flow on impacts that can cause.

Then use the same simple, approach for safety, quality and the environment and you can go on and use it for financial, HR and any other areas of your business planning.

ISO systems and especially integrated ISO systems like Quality ISO 9001, Safety AS/NZS 4801 or OHSAS 18001 do protect you business and done well, can below paper and easy.

Jean Cannon helps small to medium business owners and managers who want to increase their business productivity, gain more market access and grow their business by gaining greater credibility with markets and regulators plus having access to tenders with international ISO certification.

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