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Torrance, California production plant

The Torrance, California plant produces a range of latex emulsion products that are supplied to manufacturers of coatings, adhesives and construction products.

Community involvement

  • Certified Unified Program Agencies (CUPA) – Our site participates in local emergency planning committee meetings and meets all notification and reporting obligations.
  • City of Torrance Emergency Response System – The Torrance plant, along with other area chemical companies, pay permit fees to ensure local emergency responders have the equipment needed to respond to emergencies.
  • Toys for Tots - Regular participation.

 

Visit the Coating Resins website for more information on our products.

Community news

Demo of fire extinguising in Torrance, Ca site

Torrance employees get fire extinguisher training

In February 2014, the Torrance Fire Department coached employees at Arkema’s Torrance, CA plant on how to use fire extinguishers.  The training included a discussion of how fire extinguishers work (by dousing the flame with water or smothering it to remove oxygen) as well as instruction to use a 2-person buddy system.

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Key Figures for 2015

# of employees 40
Local economic impact (payroll/utility/property taxes paid annually) Annual local economic impact was more than $4.5 million in 2015 due to site operations.
Investment in health, environment and safety

$190,000 in improvements in health, safety, and environmental, including:
● Process safety capacity and engineering
● All production, including monomer transfer, is stopped at our facility every time there is welding or hot work in our process building, regardless of the specific scope of the job
● The plant has an in-house rescue team for confined space rescue purposes. An outside rescue contractor used for below grade work
● Any liquid (including rain water), that is generated at our facility, is collected, tested and sent to the LA Sanitation County Industrial Wastewater for treatment
● Tank vents from all reactor trains and monomer storage tanks are sent to a permitted incinerator/vent treated system to minimize/eliminate vapor emissions. Mechanical piping joints are periodically fugitive emissions tested for integrity and AQMD compliance rules
● To reduce waste generation, off-grade latex is sold to other companies for use in industrial applications

 

Arkema Coating Resins is continuously:
○ Improving our products, manufacturing practices and services to minimize impact to the environment
○ Assisting customers in scientific analyses to better understand the potential environmental impact of our products and formulations made with our products
○ Providing information on the safe transport, storage and use of our products
○ Meeting or exceeding all required regulatory standards in our operations and products
○ Providing regulatory compliance information to our customers
○ Being an open and cooperative partner to the communities in which we operate

Safety record 

● Worked >32 months with no recordable injury

● Site has operated for more than 11 years without a lost time accident or reportable environmental release

Awards/Certifications for safety, environmental, and quality ISO 9001:2008
● Arkema Information Management System (AIMS) – Internal management program which meets ISO and Responsible Care® (RCMS) requirements

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Last updated: December 17, 2015

 

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