Olin Chlor Alkali Henderson Plant

Situated in Henderson, Nevada, close to the Hoover Dam and Las Vegas, the Henderson plant opened in 1942. The whole facility was rebuilt and upgraded in 1976. In August 2007, The Olin family joined Henderson. Olin Henderson is also perfectly located to serve the ever-expanding water treatment market. There are over 125 dedicated individuals employed at Olin Henderson, and the plant spends approximately 15 million dollars a year with all local businesses, buying goods and services that support hundreds of local jobs. Additionally, Olin pays over a million dollars a year in taxes which support community services, community development and local schools. Henderson is regarded as a hub of small towns with metropolitan efficiency. In addition, it is one of Nevada's largest full-service cities with lovely, master-planned neighborhoods and exceptional parks and recreation areas. Henderson is home to over a quarter of million residents, and the city offers a wide range of cultural opportunities, such as Henderson's Pavilion--Nevada's biggest outside amphitheatre. One of the primary objectives at the Olin Henderson plant is a safe living and working environment for employees and local families. Olin takes measures to make sure that no resident or worker is ever placed in a hazardous situation. Throughout the past 5 years, Olin Henderson has spent more than 10 million dollars in plant improvements. Currently, they are completing an installation of brand new equipment, which will add additional safety regarding loading operations. Additionally, they are focusing on storm water retention programs to process and control storm water within our facility. Furthermore, the Henderson plant recycles water that has been processed in the facility, which makes the plant one of only two chlor alkali facilities in North America with a process discharge of zero. Despite all the good Henderson is trying to do for the environment, it is likely that their facilities are anything but safe for their workers.  With chemical plants built before the 1980s, a common insulator used was asbestos. Asbestos, used so abundantly due to its inexpensive and fire retardant nature, was fashioned into protective clothing for workers as well as used in walls, ceiling tiles, pipes, and work benches to name a few. Unfortunately, asbestos is toxic and once airborne it can cause serious harm to those in close contact with it. Many respiratory and pulmonary diseases and illnesses are caused by extended exposure to this natural fiber. One such disease caused by asbestos is an aggressive cancer called mesothelioma. Mesothelioma has a latency period of 20 to 50 years so once it is detected it is already too advanced for conventional treatments to work. Some patients’ mesothelioma is so advanced upon discovery that the most doctors can do for them is keep them comfortable. Reference: