News & Articles

  • DC Circuit Vacates EPA's Delay of Chemical Plants Rule

    EPA promulgated the rule in on Jan. 13, 2017, to revise requirements for Risk Management Programs under the Clean Air Act, in the wake of the West explosion and other chemical accidents. When the Trump administration took over soon afterward, EPA delayed the rule three times.

  • DoD Inspector General to Examine Open Burning of Explosives

    Announced Aug. 10 on its website, the project will examine whether DoD's activities comply with relevant environmental and related laws, and also the policies used at the active sites.

  • LANL Hosts 22nd Annual Hazmat Challenge

    For more than 20 years, hazmat teams have taken part in this event for a chance to network with one another, practice technical skills, and learn new techniques under realistic conditions in a safe environment.

  • Responders Need More Data on CFATS Facilities' Inventories: GAO

    Thirteen of the 15 Local Emergency Planning Committees, consisting of first responders and covering 373 CFATS high-risk facilities, told GAO they did not have access to CFATS data in the secure IP Gateway. By encouraging wider use of the gateway, DHS would have greater assurance that responders have information about high-risk facilities and the chemicals they have on site, the audit report says.

  • DOL Appoints 12 to Nuclear Workers Health Panel

    The 12 members were appointed for two-year terms; eight are returning members who served on the initial advisory board appointed in 2016 and four are new to the board. The advisory board will meet at least twice annually.

  • NIOSH Seeks Comments on Updated NORA for Oil & Gas Extraction

    One objective listed in it concerns motor vehicle crashes, which accounted for 44 percent of all fatal injuries in the industry during 2016, according to BLS. Actions under this objective include identifying and promoting strategies to increase seat belt use, strategies to improve driver performance, and strategies to reduce driver fatigue and driver distraction.




  • 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.


  • Preliminary 2D Animation of Events Leading to 2017 Fire at Arkema Chemical Plant

    On Aug. 29, 2017, flooding from Hurricane Harvey disabled the refrigeration system at the Arkema plant in Crosby, Texas. The plant manufactured organic peroxides. The following day, people within a 1.5 mile radius were evacuated. As the trailers increased in temperature the peroxides spontaneously combusted on Aug. 31. Officials ignited the remaining trailers, on Sept. 3 and the evacuation zone was lifted on September 4. This November 2017 Chemical Safety Board video is an animation depicting these events.

  • 3D Printed Dog Nose Improves Detection of Explosives Source

    NIST researchers have looked to one of nature's best chemical detectors – the dog – to help make today's chemical detection devices better at sniffing out explosives and other contraband materials. This 2016 video explains the concept of biomimicry and how the research can enhance chemical and pathogen detection. For more information, visit http://go.usa.gov/x8U8w.

  • NSF-Funded Researchers Build Wall-Jumping Robot

    A December 2016 National Science Foundation episode showcases a new wall-jumping robot, using sensor-integrated blocks to better identify developmental disabilities, creatures with camouflage, a new procedure to detect exposure to dangerous nuclear materials, and the discovery of the oldest know fossil tumor.