Chemical Safety Board News


New CSB Safety Video: “Dangerously Close: Explosion in West, Texas”

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has released a safety video into the fatal April 17, 2013, fire and explosion at the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas, which resulted in 15 fatalities, 260 injuries, and widespread community damage. The deadly fire and explosion occurred when about thirty tons of Read the full article…


CSB Finds Multiple Safety Deficiencies in ExxonMobil Refinery Blast

Torrance, CA– An ongoing investigation by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) of the February 18, 2015, explosion at the ExxonMobil Refinery in Torrance, California, has uncovered multiple process safety management deficiencies that led to the accident and a serious near miss. Investigators found that the explosion could have been Read the full article…


Shock to the System

The Chemical Safety Board has released a safety video detailing key lessons for preventing hydraulic shock in ammonia refrigeration systems, based on the CSB’s investigation into the accident at Millard Refrigerated Services Inc. on August 23, 2010. The accident involved an anhydrous ammonia release at the Millard Refrigerated Services, a Read the full article…


CSB Releases Safety Bulletin on Preventing Accidents from Flammable Chemicals

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has released a safety bulletin called “Key Lessons for Preventing Incidents from Flammable Chemicals in Educational Demonstrations” based on three recent serious incidents in Nevada, Colorado, and Illinois where children were burned while observing laboratory demonstrations involving flammable liquid methanol. The first incident described Read the full article…