The Grey Chronicles

2008.November.2

GSPI Corporate Web Site: A Critique, Part 5


Continued from yesterday: Part 4

I visited the GSPI web site for a number of times this past years. Hereunder are my observations:

Safety, Health and Environment

Safety, Health and Environment

GSPI Web Site: Safety, Health and Environment

[1] personnel assigned . . . At present, there is only one assigned in this section. One person alone cannot perform what a department or section can do.

[2] "a self or internal monitoring . . . " There are no specific on-line equipment or instrument to perform these activities. Air quality at mills is even suspect, even a simple request for surgical mask to protect personnel or air filters to protect equipment takes months on purchase requisition. Unfortunately, with the strict guidelines by the auditors to close unserved purchase requisitions at the end of each fiscal year, these purchase requisitions are to be opened each start of the year and goes back to the initial process all over again. Water quality is done by the Quality Assurance using whatever chemical test instruments available, but these instruments are industrial-grade and not as stringent as those required for personnel safety. Workplace environment also needs improvement. Lights inside mills are sparingly provided, most of these are turned-off during the night time with only preselected lights on, and these pose fall-to-below dangers. Scraps littered the mills and forming mountains of them that the firetrucks cannot maneuver the pathways (which is getting narrower each day due to non-disposal of scrap generated when production resumes) as fast as possible to respond to emergencies.

[3] "identification, measurements and evaluation . . ." The plant uses the NSC-based Material Safety Data Sheets [MSDS], which are not necessarily updated to recent safety standards. As such, identification is outdated. Measurements are done by the attached Quality Assurance section of each division. I have yet to personally see an evaluation of environmental hazards completed and published. But with only one (1) person doing the activities appropriately done by a department—composed of safety engineers, environmental engineers, and technical staff—then this evaluation might not material as soon as possible.

[4] "(a) Chemical & oil spills (b) Radioactive disasters . . ." Transformer oil in one of the mills occurred last year. Yeah, the internal response was quick but the method comprised of personally risking the health of the repair crew. Nonetheless, a commendation was presented to the repair crew after the repair of the leaking transformer oil was done. To this day, leaks have seeped unto the basement floor, but the suggestion by this writer of substituting to a less volatile compound in lieu of the existing cancer-prone transformer oil was not even acknowledged. Another instance was the use of a toxic adhesive as a cheap replacement imported from India to glue a rubber seal to an equipment used in annealing. As nobody in the regular crew would touch the toxic adhesive, the company hired a contractor to do the job. Once completed, raising the annealing equipment revealed that the toxic adhesive was cheap enough that the rubber seal detached itself and fell to the mill floor.


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