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Catalyst Systems Inc. Reactive Chemical Explosion
FINAL REPORT: Final Investigation Report
Location: Gnadenhutten, OH
Incident Occurred On: 01/02/2003
Final Report Released On: 10/29/2003
Incident Type: Reactive Incident
Company Name: Catalyst Systems Inc.

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Incident Description
On January 2, 2003, a vacuum dryer holding nearly 200 pounds of benzoyl peroxide exploded at the Catalyst Systems Inc. production facility in Gnadenhutten, Ohio. Employees were in the process of drying granular benzoyl peroxide, which is unstable at high concentrations, when the explosion occurred. The explosion and subsequent fire damaged the production facility, and one Catalyst Systems employee received a minor injury while evacuating the building.
Investigation Status
The Board approved a case study report on this investigation at a public meeting in Washington, DC, on October 29, 2003.



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CSB Case Study Cites Deficient Management Systems, Inadequate Safeguards in Gnadenhutten, Ohio, Explosion and Fire
Investigators from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) have concluded that an explosion and fire at Catalyst Systems Inc. in Gnadenhutten, Ohio, last January most likely occurred when 200 pounds of benzoyl peroxide in a vacuum dryer rapidly decomposed. The runaway chemical reaction produced large volumes of gas under high pressure.
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