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

CSB – West Fertilizer and Williams Olefins Explosions Testimony

CLICK HERE to view the written statement CLICK HERE to view the CSB’s preliminary findings BEGIN TESTIMONY Chairman Boxer, Senator Vitter, and distinguished Committee members – thank you for inviting me today.  I am CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso. The two explosions we are discussing today – West Fertilizer and Williams Olefins – are tragedies of … Continue reading CSB – West Fertilizer and Williams Olefins Explosions Testimony

Few Texas Counties Follow Federal Chemical Preparedness Law – (LEPC’s)

by BRETT SHIPP -WFAA Posted on May 14, 2013 at 6:05 PM Updated today at 8:31 PM NEWS 8 INVESTIGATES A statewide survey by News 8 has found a dramatic lack of compliance with a federal mandate that orders counties to operate a planning committee that helps anticipate and respond to emergencies at plants storing … Continue reading Few Texas Counties Follow Federal Chemical Preparedness Law – (LEPC’s)

CSB Releases New Video Footage Documenting Extent of Community Damage from Explosion in West, Texas‏

Washington, DC - Today the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a new three-minute compilation of video footage showing the extensive community damage from the ammonium nitrate fertilizer explosion on April 17 in West, Texas.  The explosion led to at least 14 deaths and injured around 200 others.  The narrated video collected by CSB investigators … Continue reading CSB Releases New Video Footage Documenting Extent of Community Damage from Explosion in West, Texas‏

Update! Reglatory Confusion & Oversight Lead To West Fertilizer & Chemical Company, West Texas Explosion & Fire

Courtesy of MSNBC All In Part 1Courtesy of MSNBC All In Part 2 Before 270 tons of ammonium nitratet exploded at a West, Texas, fertilizer plant last Wednesday, the Department of Homeland Security “did not even know the plant existed,”  ranking Republican on the DHS House committee Bernie Thompson said Monday.According to Reuters, 270 tons of ammonium … Continue reading Update! Reglatory Confusion & Oversight Lead To West Fertilizer & Chemical Company, West Texas Explosion & Fire

How Chevron Richmond, California Refinery Fire Happened, As Shown In New CSB Video

If you live downwind of Chevron's Richmond refinery, you don't need to be reminded of what happened there last Aug. 6: A huge fire started in a crude-oil processing unit at the facility, sending an immense plume of thick black smoke over adjacent neighborhoods and much of western Contra Costa County.In what seems like a … Continue reading How Chevron Richmond, California Refinery Fire Happened, As Shown In New CSB Video

West Fertilizer (Anhydrous Ammonia) Plant Update & CSB Deploys To Massive Deadly Explosion And Fire at Fertilizer Plant In West,Texas

Rescue crews are searching the smoldering remains of a fertilizer (anhydrous ammonia) facility in central Texas, and a swath of destroyed homes around it, for victims of a massive explosion that injured more than 160 people and may have killed as many as 15, authorities said. The estimate of how many may have died in … Continue reading West Fertilizer (Anhydrous Ammonia) Plant Update & CSB Deploys To Massive Deadly Explosion And Fire at Fertilizer Plant In West,Texas

CSB Draft Interim Report on 2012 Chevron Fire Notes Company Failed to Apply Inherently Safer Design That Could Have Prevented the Accident

Richmond, California, April 15, 2013—Missed opportunities to apply inherently safer design, failure to identify and evaluate damage mechanism hazards, and the lack of effective safeguards culminated in the vapor cloud release and massive fire that occurred at the Chevron refinery on August 6, 2012, a draft report by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has … Continue reading CSB Draft Interim Report on 2012 Chevron Fire Notes Company Failed to Apply Inherently Safer Design That Could Have Prevented the Accident

Confined Spaces: Myths, Magic, Urban Legends and the Facts

From labeling to atmospheric hazards to training, compliance with OSHA's confined space standard has proven to be a breeding ground for misunderstanding. John Rekus - EHS Today Much of the "popular" information circulating about confined spaces is simply wrong. Confined spaces don't have to be labeled. Oxygen levels of 19.5 percent aren't necessarily "safe" for … Continue reading Confined Spaces: Myths, Magic, Urban Legends and the Facts

Bill to Prevent Combustible Industrial Dust Explosions Re-Introduced in the House

Excellent Combustible Dust Seminar - Training Video WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), the senior Democratic member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Rep. John Barrow (D-GA), and Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT), the senior Democrat of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee, reintroduced legislation today to prevent workplace explosions caused by combustible industrial … Continue reading Bill to Prevent Combustible Industrial Dust Explosions Re-Introduced in the House

In Cooperation with Cal OSHA, CSB Releases Technical Report on Chevron August 6, 2012 Pipe Rupture‏

Washington, DC, February 12, 2013 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) today released a technical evaluation report on piping samples taken from the Chevron Refinery in Richmond, California, where a hydrocarbon release and massive fire occurred on August 6, 2012. Cal/OSHA … Continue reading In Cooperation with Cal OSHA, CSB Releases Technical Report on Chevron August 6, 2012 Pipe Rupture‏

CSB Releases Draft Final Report on Carbide Industries Explosion that Killed Two in Louisville, Kentucky in 2011

Company Ignored Years of  Smaller, Similar Incidents in Electric Arc Furnace Report Proposes More Industry Guidance for Furnace Safety   Louisville, Kentucky, February 7, 2013 – A large explosion at Carbide Industries that killed two workers and injured two others here on March 21, 2011, resulted from a failure by the company to investigate similar … Continue reading CSB Releases Draft Final Report on Carbide Industries Explosion that Killed Two in Louisville, Kentucky in 2011

CSB to Hold Public Meeting in Louisville, KY to Release Final Report into the Fatal 2011 Fire and Explosion at Carbide Industries

Washington, DC, February 5, 2013 - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) announced that it will hold a public meeting on Thursday, February 7, 2013, to present the findings from its investigation into the March 21, 2011, fire and explosion that occurred at the Carbide Industries facility located in Louisville, KY.  The … Continue reading CSB to Hold Public Meeting in Louisville, KY to Release Final Report into the Fatal 2011 Fire and Explosion at Carbide Industries