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Chemical Safety Board

  • The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the agency's board members are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The CSB conducts root cause investigations of chemical accidents at fixed industrial facilities. Root causes are usually deficiencies in safety management systems, but can be any factor that would have prevented the accident if that factor had not occurred. Other accident causes often involve equipment failures, human errors, unforeseen chemical reactions or other hazards. The agency does not issue fines or citations, but does make recommendations to plants, regulatory agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), industry organizations, and labor groups. Congress designed the CSB to be non-regulatory and independent of other agencies so that its investigations might, where appropriate, review the effectiveness of regulations and regulatory enforcement.
  • The CSB investigative staff includes chemical and mechanical engineers, industrial safety experts, and other specialists with experience in the private and public sectors. Many investigators have years of chemical industry experience. After a CSB team reaches a chemical incident site, investigators begin their work by conducting detailed interviews of witnesses such as plant employees, managers, and neighbors. Chemical samples and equipment obtained from accident sites are sent to independent laboratories for testing. Company safety records, inventories, and operating procedures are examined as investigators seek an understanding of the circumstances of the accident.
  • Over a course of several months, investigators sift through evidence, consult with Board members, and review regulations and industry practices before drafting key findings, root causes and recommendations. During the process, investigators may confer with plant managers, workers, labor groups, and other government authorities. The investigative process generally takes six to twelve months to complete, and a draft report is then submitted to the Board for consideration. Reports may be adopted through a written vote of the Board or in a formal public meeting near the incident site or in Washington, DC.
  • In addition to investigations of specific accidents, the Board is authorized to conduct investigations of more general chemical accident hazards, whether or not an accident has already occurred. In 2002, the Board's first hazard investigation on reactive chemicals reviewed more than 150 serious accidents involving uncontrolled chemical reactions in industry. This investigation led to new recommendations to OSHA and EPA for regulatory changes.

Current Investigations

  • A January 7, 2010, explosion severely injured a graduate student at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, in the chemistry department during the handling of a high-energy metal compound, which suddenly detonated. Texas Tech had entered into an agreement with Northeastern University, which holds a contract from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to study the high-energy materials. http://www.csb.gov/newsroom/detail.aspx?nid=301
  • A December 8, 2009, explosion at the NDK America Inc. plant near Rockford, IL, launched debris 300 yards and fatally injured a member of the public. Two individuals were reported to have sustained minor injuries and were treated onsite. The facility is a manufacturer of quartz crystals approximately 60 miles northwest of Chicago. http://www.csb.gov/newsroom/detail.aspx?nid=297
  • A November 4, 2009, blast wave damaged homes near the Silver Eagle Refinery in Woods Cross, Utah, when a 10 inch pipe catastrophically failed. http://www.csb.gov/investigations/detail.aspx?SID=88&Type=1&pg=1&F_All=y
  • On October 23, 2009, a massive fire and explosion sent huge flames and smoke plumes into the air at the Carribean Petroleum Corporation near San Juan, Puerto Rico. The resulting pressure wave damanged surrounding buildings and impacted moving vehicles. http://www.csb.gov/newsroom/detail.aspx?nid=295
  • On Ocober 21, 2009, at Tesoro Refinery near Salt Lake City, liquid hydrocarbons were released from a flare stack during an effort to restart the refinery's crude unit. The hydrocarbons were ignited in a pool fire that extended from the base of the stack and damaged a trailer and other equipment that were positioned nearby. http://www.csb.gov/newsroom/detail.aspx?nid=289

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http://www-news.iaea.org/Default.aspx (default view, Latest Events)

What is NEWS?
  • NEWS stands for Nuclear Events Web Based System.
  • The purpose of NEWS is to provide fast, flexible and authoritative information on the occurrence of nuclear events that are of interest to the international community.
  • NEWS has been established to cover all significant events in nuclear power plants, research reactors, nuclear fuel cycle facilities and occurrences involving radiation sources or the transport of radioactive material.



The OGP Safety Zone

  • The International Association of Oil & Gas producers (OGP) encompasses most of the world’s leading publicly-traded, private and state-owned oil & gas companies, oil & gas associations and major upstream service companies. OGP members produce more than half the world’s oil and about one third of its gas.
  • The association was formed in 1974 to develop effective communications between the upstream industry and an increasingly complex network of international regulators. Originally called the E&P Forum, in 1999 the name International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (OGP) was adopted.
  • An essential part of OGP’s mission (see also Vision, Mission & Objectives) is to represent the interests of the upstream industry before international regulators and legislators. From its headquarters in London, OGP represents the industry in such UN bodies as the International Maritime Organization and the Commission for Sustainable Development. OGP also works with the World Bank and with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). It is also accredited to a range of regional bodies that include OSPAR, the Helsinki Commission and the Barcelona Convention.
  • From an office in Brussels, OGP provides an essential conduit for advocacy and debate between the upstream industry and the European Union (EU). This involves regular contact with the European Commission and the European Parliament.
  • OGP also helps members achieve continuous improvements in safety, health and environmental performance and in the engineering and operation of upstream ventures. OGP’s extensive international membership brings with it a wealth of know-how, data and experience. OGP committees and task forces manage the exchange and dissemination of this knowledge through publications and events around the world.
  • Additionally, OGP promotes awareness of Corporate Responsibility issues within the industry and among stakeholders. Transparency of revenues and combatting corruption are current areas of interest.


Step Change In Safety

Helping to maintain a high safety record in the UK oil and gas industry, the Member Companies and organisations which sign up to the Step Change Charter are expected to actively support the Step Change programme and implement change where appropriate for their business. They are also expected to support and take part in the network meetings and have an internal implementation strategy for the Step Change programme areas.
Member Company MDs are expected to demonstrate commitment to the charter:
  • Support & promote the Step Change strategies & principles;
  • Demonstrate visible safety leadership & support our site managers and workforce by effective engagement;
  • Promote effective collaboration through the sharing of best practice and learning across all industry sectors;
  • Work towards consistency and continuous improvement in industry standards;
  • Ensure effective workforce involvement and best use of Safety Representatives and Committees.


ENFORM: Your Partner In Safety

  • Enform, the safety association for Canada's upstream oil and gas industry, is the advocate and leading resource for the continuous improvement of industry's safety performance.
  • Established by industry for industry, Enform helps companies achieve their safety goals by promoting shared safety practices and providing effective training, expert audit services and professional advice. Our vision is no work-related incidents or injuries in the Canadian upstream oil and gas industry.


Health and Safety Executive

  • HSE is Britain's national independent watchdog for work-related health, safety and illness. We are an independent regulator and act in the public interest to reduce work-related death and serious injury across Great Britain’s workplaces.
  • We run award-winning and hard-hitting campaigns tackling issues which result in death, serious injury and illness. Our campaigns deal with real dangers like asbestos, which kills approximately 4000 per year, and agriculture, one of the most dangerous industries in the UK.
  • As an independent regulator, we put those who put others in danger before the courts and we provide support to businesses in helping them understand and manage their legal duties. We work with our co-regulators in local authorities to inspect, investigate and - where necessary - take enforcement action. Ultimately, we are working to help sustain an innovative, technological and progressive economy, with prosperous companies and safe workplaces.
  • Our business strategy was written following a consultation programme with employers, employees and their representative groups from across the country. We listened to what people had to say about health and safety and about where we needed to focus our energies and set out our goals.


Industrial Fire World

Industrial Fire World
  • What do you have when you combine industrial fire and emergency response managers with products and services used to support them in fire protection along with emergency response incidents and experts known worldwide for their understanding of industrial fire and emergency response issues? YOU HAVE INDUSTRIAL FIRE WORLD, founded by David White in 1985.

Guardian Insurance Safety Training Resource Guide

Taking the time to learn the proper techniques of safety when working with hazardous materials can eliminate accidents. Depending on the skill, there is plenty of information on prevention, accident statistics, tips and more. By following the codes and regulations of organizations such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (or OSHA), maintaining health and lowering accidents is a sure thing. Looking for more information? Be sure to contact respective organizations for certifications in safety.

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