The August 28, 2016, nitrous oxide explosion at the Airgas manufacturing facility in Cantonment, Florida was caused by effective process safety management system (PSM), according to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board’s (CSB) final report on the incident, which killed the only Airgas employee working at the facility that day and heavily damaged the plant. The problem: a majority of PSM’s specialized rules are not required for nitrous oxide facilities.
Although homes have been rebuilt and a new high school is up and running, the town of West, Texas hasn’t been able to close the terrible chapter of its history that began on April 17, 2013 – the day that an explosion at the West Fertilizer company killed 15 people and leveled dozens of buildings.
The accident that killed four workers at two different companies in St. Louis, Missouri last week occurred when a 3,000 lb. storage tank launched 425 feet into the air at a speed of 120 mph before crashing down – with devastating results – according to U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) investigators.
Strong safety programs are critical for the economic success of the chemical and petrochemical industries, according to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB), which has released a “Business Case for Safety” that underlines that theme.
The efforts of U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) investigators to determine the cause of last week’s fatal workplace explosion in St. Louis, Missouri have been hampered by the facility’s lack of structural integrity, which have made it too dangerous to inspect in the days after the incident.
A three-person investigative team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is deploying to the scene of an incident that killed three people and injured four others on Monday, April 3 at the Loy-Lange Box Company in Saint Louis, Missouri. Two of the fatalities were members of the public.
A staffing firm ignored complaints from employees about health problems for months, leading to workers being sent to the hospital for carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, according to Cal/OSHA, which has cited and fined the firm.
OSHA has released three guidance documents to help employers comply with the agency's Process Safety Management standard, (29 CFR 1910.119), which contains requirements for the management of hazards associated with processes using highly hazardous chemicals.
Honeywell Fluorine Products in Claymont, Del. recently received a visit from OSHA – but not for having an unsafe workplace.
The company’s management and employees received a Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) plaque and flag from Regional Administrator Richard Mendelson, in recognition of its safety achievements.
Effective asset management and operations are the life blood of any business. The old adage of “grow or die” applies universally, so all work must be executed to deliver business success, or the business will not be competitive and eventually will cease to exist.