CSB Investigation Warns of Dust Explosion Risk at Recycling Facilities

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has released its final report, safety recommendations and accompanying safety video into a fatal combustible dust explosion at the AL Solutions metal recycling facility in New Cumberland, West Virginia. As presented to the Board for a vote at a public meeting in Charleston, the report reiterates a recommendation that … Continue reading CSB Investigation Warns of Dust Explosion Risk at Recycling Facilities

CSB Draft Report Finds Deepwater Horizon Blowout Preventer Failed Due to Unrecognized Pipe Buckling Phenomenon During Emergency Well-Control Efforts on April 20, 2010, Leading to Environmental Disaster in Gulf of Mexico

   Report Says Similar Accident Could Still Occur, Calls for Better Management of Safety-Critical Elements by Offshore Industry, Regulators     Houston, Texas, June 5, 2014— The blowout preventer (BOP) that was intended to shut off the flow of high-pressure oil and gas from the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico during the disaster on … Continue reading CSB Draft Report Finds Deepwater Horizon Blowout Preventer Failed Due to Unrecognized Pipe Buckling Phenomenon During Emergency Well-Control Efforts on April 20, 2010, Leading to Environmental Disaster in Gulf of Mexico

CSB Releases Safety Message Featuring Sister of Worker Fatally Burned in 2010 Tesoro Refinery Explosion in Washington State

  Washington, D.C., March 12, 2014 - Today the CSB released its second safety message in an occasional series focusing on the impacts  of chemical accidents  on people’s lives. The short video features Amy Gumbel, sister of Matt Gumbel - one of the workers fatally injured in the 2010 explosion and fire at the Tesoro … Continue reading CSB Releases Safety Message Featuring Sister of Worker Fatally Burned in 2010 Tesoro Refinery Explosion in Washington State

Testimony of CSB at Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Hearing – Chevron Fire, West Texas Explosion & West Va. Water Crisis

U.S. Chemical Safety Board Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso at March 6, 2014, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Hearing Entitled “Preventing Potential Chemical Threats and Improving Safety: Oversight of the President’s Executive Order on Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security” CLICK HERE to view the written statement Chairman Boxer, Senator Vitter, and distinguished Committee members – … Continue reading Testimony of CSB at Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Hearing – Chevron Fire, West Texas Explosion & West Va. Water Crisis

CSB Chair Applauds Changes to ICC Codes Addressing Gas Blow Pipe Cleaning Operations and Hot Work‏

Washington, DC, February 6, 2014 ­– The chairperson of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today commended the International Code Council (ICC) and its members for revising the International Fire Code (IFC) and International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC) to prohibit the unsafe practice that killed six workers in a tragic explosion at the Kleen Energy … Continue reading CSB Chair Applauds Changes to ICC Codes Addressing Gas Blow Pipe Cleaning Operations and Hot Work‏

CSB Deploys to Elk River Chemical Spill in Charleston, West Virginia

CSB Deploys to Chemical Spill in Charleston, WV Washington DC, January 11, 2014 – An investigative team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is deploying to the scene of a massive spill into the Elk River in Charleston, WV. According to local authorities the leak originated from a storage tank at Freedom Industries – … Continue reading CSB Deploys to Elk River Chemical Spill in Charleston, West Virginia

Updated: CSB Releases Safety Message Focusing on Preventing Accidents in High School Chemistry Labs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6vR0BdRCNY Updated 1-3-2014 Statement from CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso on Yesterday’s (January 2, 2014) High School Laboratory Fire in New York City I was distressed to learn once again of a serious high school laboratory accident, this one occurring yesterday at a New York City High School. According to media reports, a flash fire occurred … Continue reading Updated: CSB Releases Safety Message Focusing on Preventing Accidents in High School Chemistry Labs

CSB Releases Safety Message Focusing on Preventing Accidents in High School Chemistry Labs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6vR0BdRCNY Washington, DC, December 10, 2013—The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today released, “After the Rainbow,” a video safety message focused on potential dangers in high school chemistry laboratories. The message features Calais Weber, an accident survivor, who on January 23, 2006, at age 15 was burned over 40 per cent of her body during … Continue reading CSB Releases Safety Message Focusing on Preventing Accidents in High School Chemistry Labs

CSB Finds Fatal 2009 NDK Explosion Resulted from Stress Corrosion Cracking of High-Pressure Vessel; Crystal Maker Failed to Inspect or Test Vessels and to Heed Earlier Warning about Risk to Public

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uo7H_ILs1qc   CSB Finds Fatal 2009 NDK Explosion Resulted from Stress Corrosion Cracking of High-Pressure Vessel; Crystal Maker Failed to Inspect or Test Vessels and to Heed Earlier Warning about Risk to Public Rockford, Illinois, November 14, 2013—An explosion which occurred December 7, 2009, at the NDK Crystal manufacturing company in Belvidere, Illinois, fatally injuring … Continue reading CSB Finds Fatal 2009 NDK Explosion Resulted from Stress Corrosion Cracking of High-Pressure Vessel; Crystal Maker Failed to Inspect or Test Vessels and to Heed Earlier Warning about Risk to Public

CSB Chair Calls for Regulatory Coverage of Reactive Chemicals Following the West Fertilizer Explosion and Fire

Washington, DC, August 20, 2013 – In a new video safety message released today, CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso calls for regulatory coverage of reactive chemicals following the massive ammonium nitrate explosion that killed at least 14 people and devastated the town of West, Texas, on April 17, 2013. Reactive chemicals, like ammonium nitrate, can undergo … Continue reading CSB Chair Calls for Regulatory Coverage of Reactive Chemicals Following the West Fertilizer Explosion and Fire