The US Chemical Safety Board released an updated animation detailing the tragic events that occurred 15 years ago at the BP America Refinery in Texas City, Texas, when a massive hydrocarbon release and ensuing explosion and fire killed 15 and injured 170 others. The explosion was a landmark investigation for the CSB and revealed safety gaps at refineries across the country.
CSB is developing a new PSM training program through the lens of the BP refinery accident. The video below briefly describes the upcoming program before the updated animation plays (beginning at approximately 0:50). View the animation below, or on the CSB's YouTube channel.
The BP America refinery explosion and fire was the most serious refinery accident ever investigated by the CSB, whose 2007 final report on the incident found organizational and safety deficiencies at all levels of BP. As a result of the investigation, there is a new standard of care for corporate boards of directors and CEO's throughout the world, which calls for the same level of scrutiny for process safety management as financial management.
Interim Executive Dr. Kristen Kulinowski said, “The lessons learned from the BP Texas City event reverberate 15 years later. The CSB’s newest animation updates and refreshes the CSB’s most viewed accident animation. We hope that this new version allows more viewers to learn from the findings and recommendations issued by the board that remain relevant years later.”