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PA EPA/OSHA REPORT AVAILABLE ON JOINT INVESTIGATION OF CAUSES OF NAPP TECHNOLOGIES EXPLOSION

Release Date: 10/24/97
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FOR RELEASE: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1997


EPA/OSHA REPORT AVAILABLE ON JOINT INVESTIGATION OF CAUSES OF NAPP TECHNOLOGIES EXPLOSION


In a report issued earlier this week by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), EPA and OSHA identified root causes and contributing factors in the April 1995 fire and explosion at the Napp Technologies Inc., chemical plant in Lodi, N.J. that killed five people. The list of causes and contributing factors were: inadequate process for hazards analysis that resulted in not taking appropriate preventive actions; less than adequate standard operating procedures and training; inadequate information in making an important decision; inappropriate equipment; inadequate communication between Napp and a company for which it was doing a blending operation; and inadequate training of fire brigade members. Copies of the “EPA/OSHA Joint Chemical Accident Investigation Report on Napp Technologies Inc. in Lodi, N.J.” is available through the EPCRA Hotline at 1-800-429-9346 or 793-412-9810.

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