Actually, Dupont is now an example of how a strong safety culture can erode. It shows the value of a continuous improvement program and what can happen if you allow lapses.
The airline industry is the current best example of a strong safety culture.. In the manufacturing sector, several of the semiconductor plants such as Micron or Intel are quite good.
I imagine there are more than a few safety other people who routinely cite DuPont as a company with an exemplary safety culture but in light of this news I am looking for a different example. Would any of you have any suggestions?
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At the end of last month (when I was consumed by finishing a cover story on another topic), the U.S. Chemical Safety & Hazard Investigation Board released its interim recommendations to DuPont regarding the company's release of 24,000 pounds of methyl mercaptan last year. The incident killed four employees at DuPont's La Porte, Tex., facility.
CSB also released an animation of the incident:
In June, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration classified DuPont as a "severe violator" for "demonstrated indifference towards creating a safe and healthy workplace by committing willful or repeated violations, and/or failing to abate known hazards," OSHA said.
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