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

CSB Releases New Safety Video on 2011 Explosion and Fire that Killed Five Workers during a Fireworks Disposal Operation in Hawaii

Investigation Details: Donaldson Enterprises, Inc. Fatal Fireworks Disassembly Explosion and Fire The U.S. Chemical Safety Board today released a new safety video depicting the events leading up to an explosion and fire that killed five workers during a fireworks disposal operation in Waipahu, Hawaii. The new video, entitled “Deadly Contract” features a new HD animation … Continue reading CSB Releases New Safety Video on 2011 Explosion and Fire that Killed Five Workers during a Fireworks Disposal Operation in Hawaii

Tunnel Vision: CSB Incorrectly Labeling All Hoeganaes Incidents As Combustible Dust Flash Fires

Photo Credit: U.S. Chemical Safety Board -"Large hole (approximately 3 x 7 inches) in a corroded section of piping that carried hydrogen and ran through the trench." Incorrect labeling the third Hoeganaes incident on MAY 27, 2011 as a combustible dust flash fire resulting in three fatalities. “...not just one, not just two, but three … Continue reading Tunnel Vision: CSB Incorrectly Labeling All Hoeganaes Incidents As Combustible Dust Flash Fires

CSB to Pursue Full Investigation of August 6, 2012 Fire at Chevron Refinery in Richmond, California

    Washington, DC, August 11, 2012 – The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) will pursue a full investigation to determine the causes of Monday’s fire at the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, California, northeast of San Francisco, the agency announced today. A CSB team numbering seven investigators arrived in at the refinery on Wednesday … Continue reading CSB to Pursue Full Investigation of August 6, 2012 Fire at Chevron Refinery in Richmond, California

CSB Releases New Safety Video on Inherently Safety Design and Technology: “Inherently Safer: The Future of Risk Reduction” Examines how Industry Can Eliminate or Reduce Hazards

  Washington DC July 11, 2012 – The US Chemical Safety Board today released a new safety video that examines the concept of inherent safety and its application across industry; “Inherently Safer: The Future of Risk Reduction” stems from the August 28, 2008, explosion that killed two workers and injured eight others at the Bayer CropScience chemical plant … Continue reading CSB Releases New Safety Video on Inherently Safety Design and Technology: “Inherently Safer: The Future of Risk Reduction” Examines how Industry Can Eliminate or Reduce Hazards

CSB Deploys Team to El Dorado, Arkansas to Investigate Fatal Hot Work Explosion

  CSB Deploys Team to El Dorado, Arkansas to Investigate Fatal Hot Work Explosion May 22, 2012 Washington, DC May 22, 2012 — The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today deployed a four-person investigation team to El Dorado, Arkansas to determine the cause of an explosion and fire that severely burned and killed three workers. … Continue reading CSB Deploys Team to El Dorado, Arkansas to Investigate Fatal Hot Work Explosion

CSB Commends Massachusetts Authorities for Issuing Tough Hazardous Materials Storage and Processing Rules

May 17, 2012 Investigation Details: CAI / Arnel Chemical Plant Explosion Washington DC, May 17, 2012 – The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) announced today that it is commending Massachusetts authorities for improving the regulation of hazardous materials storage and processing in the state, including monitoring of high risk facilities to ensure … Continue reading CSB Commends Massachusetts Authorities for Issuing Tough Hazardous Materials Storage and Processing Rules

CSB Report on Fatal Welding Explosion at DuPont Buffalo Facility Finds Company Overlooked Hazards; Recommendation Calls on Company to Monitor Flammable Vapor Inside Storage Tanks During Hot Work

Copy of the CSB Final Report can be downloaded here: http://www.csb.gov/assets/document/Dupont_final_report.pdf   Buffalo, NY, April 19, 2012 — In a draft report released today at a news conference in Buffalo, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) determined that an explosion that killed one and injured another contract welder on November 9, 2010, was caused by … Continue reading CSB Report on Fatal Welding Explosion at DuPont Buffalo Facility Finds Company Overlooked Hazards; Recommendation Calls on Company to Monitor Flammable Vapor Inside Storage Tanks During Hot Work

CSB Investigation into Macondo Blowout and Explosion in Gulf of Mexico Continues; Two Public Hearings and Interim Reports Scheduled for this Year

April 19, 2012 Washington, DC, April 19, 2012 — The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) announced today that its investigation into the April 20, 2010 Macondo well blowout, explosion and fire in the Gulf of Mexico is progressing, with two interim reports with findings and recommendations to be released this year. A final report is … Continue reading CSB Investigation into Macondo Blowout and Explosion in Gulf of Mexico Continues; Two Public Hearings and Interim Reports Scheduled for this Year

CSB Applauds AIChE’s Response to Including Reactive Hazard Awareness in College Chemical Engineering Curriculum

  Houston, TX -, April 2, 2012 – Today at the “2012 AIChE Spring Meeting & 8th Global Congress on Process Safety” in Houston, TX, Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso formally commended AIChE for exceeding the CSB's recommended action resulting from the board’s 2009 investigation report into the fatal reactive chemical accident at T2 Laboratories in Jacksonville, … Continue reading CSB Applauds AIChE’s Response to Including Reactive Hazard Awareness in College Chemical Engineering Curriculum

CSB Board Requests Comments on its Draft Strategic Plan for 2012 to 2016

Washington, DC, March 29, 2012 – The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today announced it is requesting public comments on its draft 2012-2016 CSB Strategic Plan. The draft plan is an update of the 2007 – 2012 CSB Strategic Plan, and includes the CSB’s strategic goals, strategic objectives, and associated measures for managing and evaluating … Continue reading CSB Board Requests Comments on its Draft Strategic Plan for 2012 to 2016

CSB Releases New Safety Video Compilation

Washington, DC, March 28, 2012 - Today the CSB released its latest compilation of safety videos entitled “Safety Videos Volume 2” which includes, “Fatal Exposure: Tragedy at DuPont” detailing three accidents over a 33 – hour period at the DuPont plant in Belle, WV; “Experimenting with Danger” which focuses on the hazards associated with conducting … Continue reading CSB Releases New Safety Video Compilation

Statement on Ongoing CSB Investigation Into the March 5 HF Release at the CITGO Refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas‏

U.S. CHEMICAL SAFETY BOARD MEDIA AVAILABILITY CITGO Refinery March 16, 2012 10:00 A.M. CDT STATEMENT BY TEAM LEAD JOHNNIE BANKS Good morning, and welcome to the Chemical Safety Boards the CSBs media availability. The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating serious chemical accidents at refineries, chemical plants and fixed facilities. My name … Continue reading Statement on Ongoing CSB Investigation Into the March 5 HF Release at the CITGO Refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas‏

CSB Develops Policy on Employee Participation in Investigations

Washington, DC, March 7, 2012 — The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) announced today that it has developed a new policy on employee participation in investigations that the Board hopes will enhance the vital role played by plant workers in determining root causes of incidents and promoting facility safety. The policy, which was approved by … Continue reading CSB Develops Policy on Employee Participation in Investigations