Crosby, Texas Plant
The Crosby, Texas plant can be found in the northeast portion of Harris County, Texas, which is not quite an hour away from the two major airports in Houston. The plant is additionally less than an hour away from the central business district in Houston. The Crosby plant is part of the East Harris County Manufacturer Association, which is an organization composed of nearly 90 plants that are situated in an area of approximately 200 square miles. The Crosby plant manufactures peroxides that are mainly used to produce polystyrene, plastic resins, PVC, polypropylene, polyethylene, acrylic resins, and polyester reinforced fiberglass. Many products used by consumers each day, from health and cleaning products to food packaging to automobiles are originally sourced from organic peroxides. The Crosby, Texas plant became operational in 1966 and in 1989 joined the Arkema team, which was previously known as Atofina Chemicals, Inc. The plant has steadily grown and significant expansions were finished in 1979, 1994, and finally 1999. The plant takes pride in the fact that in March, 2004, it was able to celebrate a record of 21 years without an injury to an employee resulting in lost time, as well as an excess of 4 million safe person hours. There is a safety team that is active and present and composed of employers from every part of the plant; this team is responsible for the health and safety processes at the plant.
Despite the plant boasting its 21 years of safety, it is likely that some issues with the facility itself are anything but safe. Many plants built before 1980 used the mineral asbestos as an effective insulator and fireproofing agent. Asbestos was utilized in the form of fireboards and ceiling tiles, and could be mixed with paints to coat pipes and electrical wires. It was commonly used due to its abundance and relatively inexpensive price. Consequently, this mineral has been found to be toxic and those who were in close contact with it are at risk to develop serious health issues such as asbestosis and mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a cancer with a latency period of 20 to 50 years. Since it lay latent for decades, once the symptoms arise, it is likely that the cancer has spread making it virtually untreatable.