The US Department of Labour’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has found the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) violated procedures for safe handling of chemical materials at its Cliffside Helium Enrichment Unit in Amarillo, Texas, last year.
OSHA issued the Cliffside plant, which refines and sells helium products to private entities, 21 notices of unsafe working conditions and is the OSHA’s first use of the egregious violation policy in citing unsafe working conditions at a federal facility.
The violations of process safety management procedures would carry a private sector penalty of $1,023,987, according to the OHSA. However, monetary penalties are not assessed to federal agencies for failing to comply with OSHA standards and the BLM is part of the US Department of Interior.
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