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The use of CSB safety videos to improve engineering and training

24 July 2008

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released an analysis presenting comments from individuals who have requested and used the CSB's computer-animated safety videos, ranging from industry safety managers to emergency responders to union officials.

The use of CSB safety videos to improve engineering and training
The use of CSB safety videos to improve engineering and training

The CSB interviewed people around the country and overseas who use the agency's 14 safety videos, which present the findings and recommendations from CSB accident investigations.

Included are comments from individuals like Carl Steiner of ConocoPhillips and the United Steelworkers, who said: “These are the most informative and pertinent videos our shop has seen. The CSB videos use high quality graphics simulations and excellent commentary that really help management, operators, and maintenance personnel think about how their specific decisions and work activities can cause or prevent these tragedies.”

Fire Chief Michael McNeil of the U.S. Forest Service noted the value of the safety videos to the emergency response community, commenting, “Everybody's got to learn from everybody else. We've all got to watch each other's backs, especially on the public safety side of things ...”

CSB safety videos have been viewed more than one million times over the Internet since the launch of the program in December 2005. More than 75,000 DVDs have been distributed to industry and labour groups, government agencies, safety trainers, educators, emergency responders, and individual requesters throughout the world.

“The intent of the CSB's safety video program is to provide concise, accurate, and compelling information on the findings and recommendations from CSB investigations,” said CSB Chairman John Bresland. “Based on the thousands of positive comments we have received - and the huge number of people in industry using these videos - we believe this to be a worthwhile and effective means of promoting awareness of serious chemical hazards. The feedback from a whole range of important stakeholders confirms that the program is working and is, we hope, helping to prevent future accidents.”

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