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  • Five Necessary Components of a Successful Company-wide Crisis Drill

    Corporate-level crisis planning should become an integral part of your chemical training program—and the formula for creating an effective cross-company drill.

  • New CSB Bulletin Hits the Basics of Safety

    "Our investigation found that these accepted practices were conducted without appropriate safety hazard analysis, needlessly injuring these workers. It is important to remember that good safety practices are good maintenance practices and good business practices," CSB Chairperson Vanessa Allen Sutherland said.

  • CSB Meeting Next Week on ExxonMobil Refinery Explosion

    The release of isobutane occurred Nov. 22, 2016, in the sulfuric acid alkylation unit at the refinery. Four workers, an employee and three contractors, were severely burned and two others were injured in the incident.

  • NRC Amends Radioactive Materials Medical Use Requirements

    The changes will update training and experience requirements for authorized users, medical physicists, radiation safety officers, and nuclear pharmacists and also will allow associate radiation safety officers to be named on a medical license, among other things.

  • New Video Addresses Tank Gauging Hazards

    It relates the experiences of oil and gas workers who are responsible for tank gauging and sampling crude oil through comments by a truck owner/operator, a company operations superintendent, and the widow and son of a man who died of sudden cardiac death while gauging. The video also illustrates engineering and other controls to prevent injuries and discusses the new API 18.2 standard for safely measuring oil levels.

  • DOT Reports on Rulemakings' Status

    DOT's August 2017 Significant Rulemaking Report lists the status of dozens of pending rulemakings, including some the agency has halted and many others it has delayed during the Trump administration's initial months.




  • 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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

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