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Factory fire kills 36 in China 22 November 2022

A fire at a company that deals with chemicals and industrial goods killed 36 people on November 21. Chinese state media reported that two people were treated in hospital while two others remained missing hours after the incident....

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Chemical plant fire and explosions causes evacuations of local area 08 November 2022

A series of explosions at a chemical plant in the state of Georgia, US prompted the evacuation of several nearby neighbourhoods on November 7. A fire caused three explosions at the Symrise plant in the city of Brunswick on Georgia’s southeast coast, sending a large plume of smoke into the sky and prompting evacuations....

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US Chemical Safety Board releases final report into 2019 Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery explosion 12 October 2022

On October 11, the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) released its final investigative report into the significant fire and explosions at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) refinery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that occurred in June 2019....

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Chemicals company fined after releasing cloud of chlorine gas into factory 07 October 2022

A UK chemicals company has been fined after releasing a cloud of toxic chlorine gas that spread through its factory, yard and surrounding area resulting in staff needing hospital treatment and significant damage to the factory....

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US Chemical Safety Board releases updates on four ongoing investigations 07 October 2022

The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) released updates on four of the Agency’s current chemical incident investigations. While the four investigations are ongoing, the updates provide important factual information to the public about the CSB’s work on them....

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Containerboard manufacturer to pay $2.5 million for violating Clean Air Act after fatal 2017 explosion 03 October 2022

On September 28, the US Department of Justice announced that Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) had agreed to pay $2.5 million (£2.2m) in civil penalties to resolve allegations that it violated the Clean Air Act’s General Duty Clause and Risk Management Program Regulations at its containerboard production mill in DeRidder, Louisiana....

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Chemical plant fire injures 15 in Italy 13 September 2022

A fire at a solvent recovery and hazardous waste disposal company near Milan, Italy injured at least six people on September 7. Around 100 firefighters responded to the blaze which happened at a plant belonging to Nitrochimica....

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Chemical leak at waste disposal plant kills one, injures four in US 30 August 2022

A chemical release at a facility owned by hazardous waste specialist US Ecology killed one person and injured four workers on August 22. The incident happened in Canton Township, Ohio and involved the release of hydrogen sulphide....

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UK Health & Safety Executive seeks contributions towards corrosion under insulation research 23 August 2022

The UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is hosting a workshop to discuss the options for a Shared Research Project on the topic of Corrosion under insulation (CUI). The HSE is welcoming individuals to join the workshop to discuss the challenges and identify opportunities posed by CUI....

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US Chemical Safety Board releases free online safety training application for hazardous chemicals 05 August 2022

The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is releasing a new safety training application focused on agency findings from the devastating 2005 BP Texas City explosion and fire and how they relate to OSHA’s Process Safety Management (PSM) standard. The PSM standard outlines requirements for the management of hazards associated with highly hazardous chemicals. The training covers all 14 elements of PSM using the 2005 explosion as a model....

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