News & Articles

  • New CSB Strategic Plan Released

    The updated plan lists three strategic goals that include objectives and performance metrics to measure progress.

  • Chemical Safety Board Meeting This Week

    The board will discuss open investigations, the status of audits from the Office of the Inspector General, financial and organizational updates, and a review of the agency's action plan.

  • Louisiana Chemical Manufacturer Cited for Nine Serious Violations

    Employees were exposed corrosive materials and a leaking hot water tank.

  • L&I Announces Maritime Safety Day Event

    The day will help stakeholders reduce injuries among maritime workers and will feature workshops presented by industry experts on topics including fall protection and rescue, commercial diving hazards, toxic preservative coatings, and more.

  • Pesticide Inspections Database Launched in Canada

    Information on inspections of companies that manufacture pest control products are now available to the public online, and Canadians can search the Pest Control Registrant Inspections Database for specific inspection findings, summary report cards from inspections, and information about companies' history of compliance with the Pest Control Products Act.

  • New FRA Directive Targets DOT-111 Cars' Weld Defects

    "The good news is these flawed welds have been found in only a small portion of the U.S. tank car fleet that were manufactured by American Railcar Industries and ACF Industries between 2009 and 2015," FRA stated.




  • Complying with the OSHA Final Rule Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illness

    In May of 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” to revise its recording and reporting occupational injuries and illnesses regulation. The final rule requires employers in certain industries to electronically submit to OSHA injury and illness recordkeeping data included on the 300A, 300, and 301 forms.

  • Innovations in Chemical Protection

    The chemical protection market has remained unchanged in the last thirty years despite industry advancements and changes. Consequently, workers and purchasing agents have experienced serious gaps in their wants and needs for chemical protection with the products currently available.

  • Springfield DH Dual Hazard FR Fabric

    This paper is intended to educate the reader about Springfield’s new, inherently flame-resistant (FR) fabric. Springfield DH is engineered to provide permanent protection against flash fires and electrical arc flashes. It is important that a flame-resistant (FR) garment provide an expected degree of protection to the wearer. This paper will address key expectations to consider when making a decision on which fabric provides the optimum protection, comfort, and durability.


  • Dangerously Close: Explosion in West, Texas

    This 2016 CSB safety video is an animated depiction of the April 17, 2013, fire and explosion at the West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas, which resulted in 15 fatalities, more than 260 injuries, and widespread community damage. The deadly fire and explosion occurred when about 30 tons of fertilizer grade ammonium nitrate exploded after being heated by a fire at the storage and distribution facility.

  • SERTC: Crude By Rail First Responder Training

    The freight rail industry trains thousands of local public safety officials at the Transportation Technology Center's Security and Emergency Response Training Center (SERTC), and individual railroads conduct additional local training for first responders. In accordance with a February 2014 agreement between the U.S. DOT and the Association of American Railroads, railroads committed $5 million to develop a specialized crude by rail training and tuition assistance program for local first responders at TTCI. The funding will provide program development as well as tuition assistance for an estimated 1,500 first responders in 2014.

  • Insulating LNG Carriers with Enovate 245fa

    Companies transporting Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) can limit their boil-off rate (BOR) by using foam insulation formulated with Enovate 245fa (HFC-245fa). The video explains that this non-flammable, non-ozone-depleting agent delivers up to 15 percent improved insulating power at the low temperature at which LNG must be transported.

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