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Deer Park Community Advisory Council

Deer Park Community Advisory Council (DPCAC) builds a true partnership between Houston Ship Channel  industry and community in Deer Park, Texas  At meetings held 9-10 times a year, we provide a forum for candid conversation about industry-related issues of community interest or concern.

Open, honest dialogue makes plant members aware of what the community expects of them.  It helps community members understand what plants do and how they work.

The primary issues we address are environment, safety, health, security, emergency response and communications, and hazardous materials transportation.  We also discuss other quality of life issues like the economy and education.

DPCAC currently has 26 community members plus several Deer Park High School student members. They include individuals who live, work or attend school in Deer Park, and representatives of organizations and government entities serving Deer Park. 

Twenty plant members represent 15 industrial facilities in Deer Park, including chemical plants, a refinery, storage terminals, hazardous waste management firms, and related facilities. See DPCAC Plant Directory.

DPCAC celebrated its 25th Anniversary in March 2015.  Historical highlights were documented in a 25th Anniversary History booklet.

"Question of the Month" 

Question 8.  How does the manufacturing industry manage the safety of the contractors?

Answer:  Manufacturing plants may utilize contract labor to operate or maintain the facility or do a particular aspect of a job because they have a specialized knowledge or skill or for short periods when there is a need for increased staff quickly such as in turnaround operations.  Therefore it becomes important to ensure that the contractors performing these jobs work safely and do not endanger themselves, other workers at the facility, the process or the environment.  When selecting a contractor, the employer evaluates information regarding the contractor’s safety performance and programs, ensures that the contract employees understand the hazards of the process and the emergency action plan, and have safe work practices in place to ensure they will perform their duties safely.  The contract company is responsible to ensure that their employees are trained in the work practices necessary to perform their jobs.  A lot of the companies in this area require contractors to go through the Houston Area Safety Council Basic Plus training which covers a lot of the OSHA mandated contractor training as well as Site specific training.  (#8– January 2017 – Hexion)

Click here to read previous Questions and Answers related to Deer Park industry. 

Deer Park Community Advisory Council

EHCMA Efforts to Develop the Industry Workforce
East Harris County Manufacturers Association will review its workforce development programs and demonstrate its website to introduce young people to petrochemical industry jobs. 

For details or an invitation, contact   

2017 Calendar

Jan. 23 

Feb. 27

Mar. 27

Apr. 24

May 22 (which is not Memorial Day)

No June meeting

No July meeting

Aug. 28

Sept. 25

Oct. 23

Nov. 27 (after Thanksgiving)
no December 

Recent Topics

 Additional meeting summaries and slides may be found
on "Topics and Meetings" page, year by year.

Contact Us

  For information about DPCAC, an invitation to a meeting, or to make suggestions, contact our facilitator at
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