Responsible Care put into action at Dakota Gasification Company

Leeann Wimer

Leeann Wimer, mechanical engineer, stands near tar oil storage tanks at the Synfuels Plant site.

The Dakota Gasification Company is enrolled in the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care Management System® process. To the employees at Dakota Gas’s Great Plains Synfuels Plant near Beulah, ND, it’s not just lip service.

Following the Responsible Care process is how Dakota Gas has chosen to manage its safety, health, security and environmental responsibilities, according to John Hooker, Dakota Gas compliance program supervisor.

Responsible Care uses a philosophy of plan, do, check and act, whereby activities are planned, carried out, and then evaluated for their effectiveness.

Learn more about Dakota Gas’s commitment to safe and environmentally-sound operation in the story “Responsible Care: A process of continuous improvement,” published in the March-April 2013 issue of Basin Today magazine.

An excerpt:

John Hooker is Dakota Gas’ Responsible Care coordinator. He explains that the Responsible Care program itself is going through an evolution with the addition of two new reporting systems for Responsible Care companies: the Process Safety Code and Product Safety Network.

Hooker, who served on the American Chemistry Council select committee that developed the Process Safety Code, says the code emphasizes process safety throughout the facility, regardless of whether it is covered by a regulatory standard such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Process Safety Management Standard.

“Responsible Care companies, beginning in 2013, will be required to develop metrics including leading and lagging indicators that will be reported annually in the Responsible Care Report,” Hooker says.

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