Chemical Plant Training for Compliance

chemical plant compliance trainingSafety, security, and compliance are three of the biggest issues in chemical manufacturing. Each carries its own challenges, but each challenge also creates an opportunity. Like anything else, you learn from it and grow stronger, or you let it defeat you entirely. In a chemical plant, the latter has the potential to create devastating consequences. This three part series will look at the role of industrial training solutions in creating better opportunities from your biggest challenges.


Compliance issues create huge challenges and financial risks for chemical plants. Rules and regulations change frequently, which means your own company policies change to reflect those changes. And compliance is no small thing. In fact, it ties into the safety and security of your plant. Those rules and regulations exist to help ensure worker and environmental safety, among other things. The role chemical plant training plays in mitigating compliance challenges is pretty obvious. You have to train your employees to help them understand what the regulations are, what they mean to them in their daily routines, and what consequences are possible should the plant become non-compliant.

As you are well aware, enforcing policy changes down to the letter can be very difficult. You have the actual law, typically written by one federal entity or another, and then you have your actual company policy that must reflect that law. You, and your employees, need to understand what permits are required, what the stipulations and obligations are to obtaining and maintaining those permits, etc. Fines and penalties for non-compliance are often as high as, if not higher than, those incurred after an accident or spill. So, you can see the potential challenges here. One employee misunderstands a federal law, or misinterprets company policy, and you’re slapped with a $1 million fine. Chemical plant training is a cost-effective way to stay current as the laws and policies change.

Another potential problem, particularly for long-established chemical companies, is understanding how company history may well violate modern regulations. This is most applicable to environmental initiatives, designed to clean up urban rivers and other bodies of water.  If a particular company was around during, say, the Civil War era, when pollution was at an all time high as plants were established, it’s very likely that company contributed to environmental pollution as well. What many companies didn’t expect was to be held accountable for that pollution decades later as rules and regulations evolved into environmental awareness. It’s great for the environment, but really bad for your bottom line. This is another area where wastewater training can help. If you are well versed in the environmental regulations, and you have a deep understanding of your own company’s history, you’re a lot less likely to make costly compliance errors.

The other thing is this: just because you’ve managed to keep your employees up to date on compliance issues, doesn’t mean those same rules and regulations will apply in a few years. Again, these things change. Fortunately, you can usually see the changes coming. Understanding past compliance trends can really help you to anticipate upcoming trends, and handle your compliance training accordingly.

Author: Jennifer Woosley

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