An IXOM plant staff member suffered serious injuries when he was hurt by chemical exposure during a routine procedure, officials said.
In spite of the injury, the plant is operating as normal after the incident at the Mount Maunganui, New Zealand, facility.
IXOM head of corporate affairs Louisa Graham confirmed a plant operator was injured during a routine procedure on site March 11. She said he was exposed to a “small amount of chemical and was taken to hospital for assessment.” She did not say what the chemical was, however.
The site has a number of manufacturing plants and hazardous substance storage facilities.
The main hazardous chemicals on site are acids and alkalis as well as a large variety of chemicals used in formulations.
A St John Ambulance spokeswoman said paramedics were called to the site at 3:51 p.m. on Wednesday and a person was taken to Tauranga Hospital in a serious condition. However, Graham said he was discharged on the same night.
“We take health and safety very seriously and we have robust procedures in place to protect our staff and the community, and there is no potential risk of harm,” Graham said.
The plant on Totara St was at the heart of the Mount Maunganui industrial area and would continue to operate as normal.
IXOM Mount Maunganui had been designated an upper-tier Major Hazard Facility by WorkSafe and was required to meet the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work (Major Hazard Facilities) Regulations 2016.
The main hazardous chemicals on site include: