combustible dust explosion CSBU.S. Chemical Safety Boardwas named the recipient of three Peer Awards from the Television, Internet and Video Association of D.C. (TIVA) for safety videos produced in 2012.

The winning videos are:

  • Hot Work: Hidden Hazards (Bronze Award) — Two contractors were performing welding atop a 10,000 gallon slurry tank at a DuPont chemical facility near Buffalo, N.Y., when hot sparks ignited flammable vapors inside the tank, causing an explosion that killed one of the men and seriously injured another.
  • Experimenting with Danger (Bronze Award) — A laboratory worker performing an experiment for an energetic materials project at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, was severely injured in an explosion. The video highlights two other academic lab accidents, one at UCLA and the other at Dartmouth College.
  • Iron in the Fire (Silver Award) — Three combustible dust flash fires over a six month period occurred at the Hoeganaes Corp. powdered-iron facility in Gallatin, Tenn., 20 miles outside of Nashville, resulting in fatal injuries to five workers. 

CSB safety videos are documentary-style narratives on specific accidents based on CSB investigation findings. They typically include computer 3D animations that depict deadly sequences of events, and include commentary by investigators and CSB board members. TIVA is a Washington, D.C.-based organization of media production professionals.

To date, the CSB has produced 29 safety videos, which are all available online a, and in a two-volume, three-disc compilation set available free of charge on DVD by filling out an online request form.