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Region 7 News Release: 12-83-KAN
Jan. 24, 2012
Contact: Scott Allen     Rhonda Burke
Phone: 312-353-6976     312-353-4807
Email: allen.scott@dol.gov     burke.rhonda@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA proposes $148,000 in fines to Loveland Products
in Fairbury, Neb., for process safety management deficiencies, other hazards

OMAHA, Neb. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Loveland Products Inc. in Fairbury for 25 safety violations, 14 of which relate directly to OSHA's standard regulating the process safety management of highly hazardous chemicals. Proposed penalties total $148,000.

OSHA initiated its inspection of the liquid-based fertilizer producer under both the agency's Site-Specific Targeting Program for industries with high occupational injury and illness rates, and its process safety management national emphasis program for chemical manufacturers. OSHA's PSM standard contains specific requirements for the management of hazards associated with processes using dangerous chemicals, and establishes a comprehensive management program integrating technologies, procedures and management practices. Additional information is available online at http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/processsafetymanagement/index.html.

"OSHA has a stringent process safety management standard, and it is imperative that employers rigorously update and properly maintain each element of the process to minimize hazards, and provide a safe and healthful workplace for employees," said Charles E. Adkins, OSHA's regional administrator in Kansas City, Mo. "OSHA is committed to protecting workers and educating employers about the risks involved with exposure to hazardous chemicals."

Of 24 serious violations, those related to process safety management include incorrect and incomplete process and implementation diagrams, a deficient process hazard analysis of the system