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Chemical Safety Investigation Board (CSB)

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CSB releases safety video of 2009 petroleum explosion in Puerto Rico 23 October 2015

On October 22 the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) voted on the final investigation report into the 2009 massive explosion at the Caribbean Petroleum (CAPECO) terminal near San Juan, Puerto Rico; the report includes recommendations for addressing regulatory gaps in safety oversight of petroleum storage facilities by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)....

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CSB releases draft investigation report into 2009 Caribbean Petroleum explosion and fire 12 June 2015

On June 11, 2015, the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released its draft investigation report into the 2009 massive explosion at the Caribbean Petroleum (CAPECO) terminal facility near San Juan, Puerto Rico. The draft report includes proposed recommendations for addressing regulatory gaps in safety oversight of petroleum storage facilities by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)....

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CSB releases report on likely causes of fatal explosion at Pennsylvania zinc refinery 20 March 2015

The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has released the results of its investigation into the explosion and fire on July 22, 2010, at the Horsehead Corporation zinc refinery in Monaca, Pennsylvania, that killed two of its employees. The blast likely resulted from a build-up of superheated liquid zinc inside a ceramic zinc distillation column, which then "explosively decompressed" and ignited....

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CSB accuses DuPont of safety culture problem following LaPorte incident 06 February 2015

The gas release on November 15 that killed four workers at DuPont’s LaPorte plant in Texas was the chemical group’s third fatal US accident in five years. The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) asked DuPont to reform its chemical process safety rules after a West Virginia plant worker was exposed to a deadly gas in 2010, and again after a welder at a New York plant died working on a tank that filled with explosive gas....

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CSB says fatal Mississippi fish plant explosion caused by ignition of volatile solution 27 August 2014

An explosion at a fish processing plant on the Mississippi Coast which killed one worker and injured others happened when sparks ignited a volatile mixture in a tank, the US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) said in a news release on August 26. CSB inspectors said that workers were performing hot work at or near the tank that exploded on July 28 at the Omega Protein plant in Moss Point....

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News Extra: Texas releases West explosion injuries report 15 August 2014

The Texas state health department and health officials from McLennan County have produced a report giving details of the injuries suffered by the 262 people who sought treatment after the April 2013 fertiliser plant blast. Fifteen people were killed in the incident and more than 150 buildings were damaged or destroyed in the town of West, which is 18 miles north of Waco, Texas. ...

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CSB applauds US Executive Order on improving chemical facility safety 04 October 2013

Statement from CSB chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso on Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security....

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Successful process safety - a view from the USA 01 August 2013

John Bresland, the former chairman of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), the principal investigatory body into process plant incidents in the USA, has had a long career in environmental safety. Here he gives the eight essential components of a successful process safety regime in the high hazard industries.  ...

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Hazardex interview: John Bresland, former Chairman, US Chemical Safety Board 01 August 2013

The Piper 25 conference on offshore safety held in Aberdeen in June 2013 brought together an exceptional roster of speakers from industry, academia, government and regulatory bodies worldwide. One of the plenary session speakers was John Bresland, the former chairman of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), the principal investigatory body into process plant incidents in the USA. ...

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News Extra: West Fertilizer blast reveals Texas regulatory weakness 29 June 2013

On May 16, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firemans Special Agent in Charge Robert Champion delivered the findings of a joint investigation into the West Fertilizer Plant fire and explosion a month earlier, which killed 14, injured more than 200 and destroyed dozens of buildings, including a school and retirement home....

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