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OSHA sites Calumet plant for alleged violations

SHREVEPORT, La. — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued citations to Calumet Shreveport Lubricants & Waxes, LLC, of Shreveport, La., for 22 alleged serious violations and two alleged repeat violations of federal health and safety regulations.

Penalties total $173,000.



“This is not the first time this company has jeopardized the safety of its employees,” said Dorinda Folse, OSHA’s area director in Baton Rouge, La.



OSHA’s Baton Rouge Area Office began its inspection Feb. 23 at the company’s facility in Shreveport as part of the agency’s Petroleum Refinery Process Safety Management National Emphasis Program.



Serious violations found include failing to provide accurate process safety information for piping and instrumentation diagrams, conduct incident investigations, provide written operating procedures, resolve recommended actions resulting from compliance audits, and adequately address the citing of control rooms and employees working in process units. A serious violation is one in which there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known. 


Two repeat violations have been cited for failing to update process safety information when changes occur and to act on findings of potential overpressures for occupied structures stemming from process hazard analyses for the period from 1998 to 2009. OSHA defines a repeat violation as one where the employer previously has been cited for the same or similar hazard within the past three years. 


In Sept. 2007, OSHA cited Calumet Shreveport Lubricant & Waxes for willful, serious and repeat violations totaling $122,400.

Calumet, an operating subsidiary of Calumet Specialty Products Partners, LP, employs about 600 workers total, and operates two additional refineries in Northwest Louisiana as well as facilities in Texas, Pennsylvania and Illinois.



The company has 15 working days from receipt of citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director in Baton Rouge, or contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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