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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.
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a factual update into the May 3, 2019, explosion and fire at AB Specialty Silicones in Waukegan, Ill. The factual update provides a comprehensive incident timeline, detailing the events that led up to the massive explosion and fire that fatally injured four workers and seriously injured another.
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board's (CSB) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding accidental release reporting is available for public inspection. This proposed rule describes when an owner or operator is required to file a report of an accidental release and the required content of such a report. The purpose of the proposed rule is to ensure that the CSB receives rapid, accurate reports of any accidental release that meets established statutory criteria.
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released a factual update into the June 21, 2019, explosion and fire at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refinery in Philadelphia, Pa. The update notes that a corroded pipe elbow appears to have ruptured in the alkylation unit, releasing process fluid that included over 5,000 lb of hydrofluoric (HF) acid.
A safety digest highlights the value of worker participation to prevent chemical incidents. Produced by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB), the digest notes that lack of worker participation was a factor in several major incidents investigated by the CSB. In each case, workers and their representatives were not engaged to help identify hazards and reduce risks.
A lack of regulations governing onshore drilling safety as well as shortcomings in safety management systems and industry standards utilized by the industry are among reasons cited for a fatal gas well blowout, says the U.S. Chemical Safety Board.