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“During production of an emulsion product, two incompatible chemicals were mixed. The chemicals reacted and produced flammable hydrogen gas that ignited, causing a massive explosion that killed four workers and destroyed the company’ production building.” So begins a new safety video that focuses on the investigation into an explosion and fire that occurred May 3, 2019, at the AB Specialty Silicones facility in Waukegan, Ill. The incident killed four workers, destroyed the facility and caused extensive damage to nearby businesses.
An explosion and fire at a paint manufacturer on April 8 in Columbus, Ohio, killed one person and injured nine others. Some of the injured were able to get out of the Yenkin-Majestic Paint plant, while others were rescued and taken to the hospital.
On November 27, 2019, a major loss of containment event occurred that resulted in multiple fires and explosions at the TPC Group (TPC) Port Neches Operations (PNO) facility in Port Neches, Texas. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board released a factual update detailing the incident.
The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) released a contractor report stemming from the 2017 fatal dust explosion at the Didion Milling facility in Cambria, Wis. The document, “Dust Hazard Learning Review,” gathered feedback from industries that handle combustible dust to identify the key barriers to improvement in the control and mitigation of combustible dust hazards.
Following a fatal nitrous oxide explosion, one gas supplier revamped safety procedures company-wide. These changes resulted in an approach that now exceeds the quality of a number of similar company safety programs where such operations are covered by the OSHA PSM standard, says the CSB.
Helping hazardous chemical facilities better prepare for extreme weather events is the focus of a safety alert and video. “2020 Hurricane Season: Guidance for Chemical Plants During Extreme Weather Events” outlines specific procedures to ensure safe restarts following a severe weather event. For example, facilities are urged to follow established startup procedures and checklists and to recognize that “human performance may be compromised due to crisis conditions.”
The role that boards of directors and executives can play in ensuring that effective safety management systems are in place at oil-and-gas facilities is the focus of a new guide from U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB). “CSB Best Practice Guidance for Corporate Boards of Directors and Executives in the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry for Major Accident Prevention” looks at how company executives can help properly manage risks, with the goal of preventing major accidents and protecting workers, the public and the environment.
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.
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) approved a final rule on accidental release reporting. The rule requires prompt reports to the CSB from owners or operators of facilities that experience an accidental release of a regulated substance or extremely hazardous substance that results in a death, serious injury or substantial property damage. It will become as of 30 days after date of publication in Federal Register.