Chemical Safety Board News


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…


CSB Releases Safety Video of 2009 Petroleum Explosion in Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON, DC – The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today voted on the final investigation report into the 2009 massive explosion at the Caribbean Petroleum, or CAPECO, terminal facility near San Juan, Puerto Rico; the report includes recommendations for addressing regulatory gaps in safety oversight of petroleum storage facilities by Read the full article…