Skip to Main Content

An independent federal agency investigating chemical accidents to protect workers, the public, and the environment.

Text Size AA
PRINT PAGE
Kaltech Industries Waste Mixing Explosion
FINAL REPORT: Final Investigation Report
Location: New York , NY
Accident Occurred On: 04/25/2002
Final Report Released On: 09/30/2003
Accident Type: Reactive Incident
Company Name: Kaltech Industries

statistics

Total # of Recommendations
19
Total # of Open Recommendations
0
Total # of Closed Recommendations
19
Total % of Open 0 vs. Closed 100

investigation information

Image
Accident Description
On April 25, 2002, an explosion occurred at Kaltech Industries, a sign manufacturer in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, injuring 36 people seriously enough to seek hospital treatment, including 14 members of the public. The explosion, which was the result of a reaction between waste chemicals, originated in the basement of a mixed-use commercial building and caused damage as high as the fifth floor.
Investigation Status
The Board approved the final report on this investigation at a public meeting in New York City on September 30, 2003.


 

Recommendations

Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials
2009-02-I-NY-11

Communicate the findings of this report to your membership.

Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Closed - Acceptable Action (C - AA) - The recipient has completed action on the recommendation. The action taken meets the objectives envisioned by the Board.
 

Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA)
2002-02-I-NY-12

Communicate the findings of this report to your membership.

Status: Closed - No Longer Applicable
Closed - No Longer Applicable (C - NLA) - Due to subsequent events, the recommendation action no longer applies (e.g., the facility was destroyed or the company went out of business).
 

Kaltech Industries and Beyond Signs
2002-02-I-NY-6

Develop and implement a written hazard communication program that includes the following requirements: Maintaining a list of hazardous materials used in the workplace. Labeling of hazardous materials. Maintaining material safety data sheets and making them available to the workforce. Training of employees on chemical hazards and their safeguards in languages understood by the workforce.

Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Closed - Acceptable Action (C - AA) - The recipient has completed action on the recommendation. The action taken meets the objectives envisioned by the Board.
 

2002-02-I-NY-7

Implement hazardous waste management practices that include the following: Characterization of unknown waste materials prior to mixing or disposal. Labeling of all waste containers with the words ?Hazardous Waste? and any other wording necessary to communicate the specific hazards associated with the material. Formal hazardous waste management training program.

Status: Closed - Unacceptable Action/No Response Received
Closed - Unacceptable Action/No Response Received (C - UA/NRR) - Recipient responds by expressing disagreement with the need outlined in the recommendation and the Board concludes that further correspondence on, or discussion of, the matter would not change the recipient?s position.
 

Mayor and Council of City of New York
2002-02-I-NY-1

Revise the Fire Prevention Code, Title 27, Chapter 4, of the New York City Administrative Code, to achieve more comprehensive control over the storage and use of hazardous materials, such as nitric acid, that could cause a fire or explosion when inadvertently mixed with incompatible substances. Base these revisions on model fire codes such as the International Code Council International Fire Code and the National Fire Protection Association Fire Protection Code. Require that: All hazardous materials be identified and labeled. Hazardous materials permit applications include the submission of a management plan and inventory statement. Material safety data sheets be accessible to the workforce. Personnel working with hazardous materials be trained on hazards and safe handling techniques in languages understood by the workforce. Incompatible chemicals be adequately separated to improve safety in manufacturing facilities. New York City fire inspectors receive sufficient training to meet the requisite skills and knowledge to verify code compliance and recognize problems regarding the storage, handling, and use of hazardous materials. Include in the training: Hazard communication requirements. Identification of hazardous materials storage and use areas. Safe storage and handling practices, such as the need to separate incompatible chemicals and to limit quantities.

Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Closed - Acceptable Action (C - AA) - The recipient has completed action on the recommendation. The action taken meets the objectives envisioned by the Board.
 

2002-02-I-NY-2

Amend the New York City Administrative Code § 27-4267 to require that: The owner or other person having charge of a mixed occupancy building with a hazardous occupancy be required to develop a building hazardous materials safety plan and designate a responsible individual to ensure that the plan is implemented. The building hazardous materials safety plan incorporate information from the hazardous materials management plans, inventory statements, right-to-know facility inventory forms, and Fire Prevention Code permits of any tenants who use hazardous materials. The building hazardous materials safety plan be distributed to all tenants.

Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Closed - Acceptable Action (C - AA) - The recipient has completed action on the recommendation. The action taken meets the objectives envisioned by the Board.
 

2002-02-I-NY-3

Ensure that the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) and the Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) establish a program to exchange facility information regarding hazardous chemical inventories to enhance inspection and enforcement activities.

Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Closed - Acceptable Action (C - AA) - The recipient has completed action on the recommendation. The action taken meets the objectives envisioned by the Board.
 

National Conference of Mayors
2002-02-I-NY-14

Communicate the findings of this report to your membership.

Status: Closed - No Longer Applicable
Closed - No Longer Applicable (C - NLA) - Due to subsequent events, the recommendation action no longer applies (e.g., the facility was destroyed or the company went out of business).
 

National League of Cities
2002-02-I-NY-15

Communicate the findings of this report to your membership.

Status: Closed - No Longer Applicable
Closed - No Longer Applicable (C - NLA) - Due to subsequent events, the recommendation action no longer applies (e.g., the facility was destroyed or the company went out of business).
 

New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials
2002-02-I-NY-17

Communicate the findings of this report to your membership.

Status: Closed - No Longer Applicable
Closed - No Longer Applicable (C - NLA) - Due to subsequent events, the recommendation action no longer applies (e.g., the facility was destroyed or the company went out of business).
 

New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
2002-02-I-NY-13

Communicate the findings of this report to your membership.

Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Closed - Acceptable Action (C - AA) - The recipient has completed action on the recommendation. The action taken meets the objectives envisioned by the Board.
 

New York City Fire Department (FDNY)
2002-02-I-NY-10

Establish a complaint and referral system with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA; Region II) to provide for a coordinated enforcement effort that addresses the following issues: Policy and practice for referring to OSHA possible health and safety violations or unsafe conditions observed by FDNY personnel in the course of conducting inspections, but outside the scope of FDNY responsibility. Periodic training programs for FDNY personnel on how to recognize and refer serious workplace safety and health problems.

Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Closed - Acceptable Action (C - AA) - The recipient has completed action on the recommendation. The action taken meets the objectives envisioned by the Board.
 

New York Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH)
2002-02-I-NY-16

Communicate the findings of this report to your membership.

Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Closed - Acceptable Action (C - AA) - The recipient has completed action on the recommendation. The action taken meets the objectives envisioned by the Board.
 

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
2002-02-I-NY-4

Raise the priority of inspections of large quantity generators located in mixed-occupancy facilities within densely populated areas.

Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Closed - Acceptable Action (C - AA) - The recipient has completed action on the recommendation. The action taken meets the objectives envisioned by the Board.
 

2009-02-I-NY-5

Share data, such as the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) biennial report, with the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) and Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) concerning the identity, location, and hazardous waste inventories of large quantity generators within the City to enhance inspection and enforcement activities.

Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Closed - Acceptable Action (C - AA) - The recipient has completed action on the recommendation. The action taken meets the objectives envisioned by the Board.
 

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
2002-02-I-NY-8

Disseminate information on the requirements of the Hazard Communication Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1200, in the major languages spoken by workers in New York City with limited or no English speaking proficiency.

Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Closed - Acceptable Action (C - AA) - The recipient has completed action on the recommendation. The action taken meets the objectives envisioned by the Board.
 

2002-02-I-NY-9

Establish a complaint and referral system with the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) to provide for a coordinated enforcement effort that addresses the following issues: Policy and practice for referring to OSHA possible health and safety violations or unsafe conditions observed by FDNY personnel in the course of conducting inspections, but outside the scope of FDNY responsibility. Periodic training programs for FDNY personnel on how to recognize and refer serious workplace safety and health problems.

Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Closed - Acceptable Action (C - AA) - The recipient has completed action on the recommendation. The action taken meets the objectives envisioned by the Board.
 

Real Estate Board of New York
2002-02-I-NY-18

Communicate the findings of this report to your membership.

Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Closed - Acceptable Action (C - AA) - The recipient has completed action on the recommendation. The action taken meets the objectives envisioned by the Board.
 

Skyscraper Safety Campaign
2002-02-I-NY-19

Communicate the findings of this report to your membership.

Status: Closed - No Longer Applicable
Closed - No Longer Applicable (C - NLA) - Due to subsequent events, the recommendation action no longer applies (e.g., the facility was destroyed or the company went out of business).
 

 
 

Related News

DSCN00541
CSB Officials Encouraged with Progress Announced Today by New York City in Revising its Outdated Fire Code
12/5/2007
The following statement was issued by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board in response to the announcement by New York today of a proposed draft to revise the city's fire code to include new provisions controlling hazardous chemicals.
read more
DSCN0047
New York City Moves to Revise Fire Code Following CSB Recommendation in Kaltech Investigation
3/19/2004
Washington, DC, March 19, 2004 - Carolyn Merritt, Chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), said today the Board is pleased with the progress of the City of New York in responding to the CSB's recommendation to revise its antiquated fire code to better control the storage and use of hazardous materials. The New York City Council announced in a March 5, 2004, news release that the city's fire department has decided to revise the code and has allocated substantial funding in the department's new budget to support the revision.
read more
DSC00835
Dr. Gerald Poje Testifies before New York City Council Committee on Need to Update City Fire Code in Wake of Kaltech Explosion
12/10/2003
(New York City - December 10, 2003) Testifying today at a New York City Council committee hearing, U.S. Chemical Safety Board Member Dr. Gerald Poje said the city should update its antiquated fire code to prevent chemical explosions like the one that heavily damaged a Manhattan commercial building last year.
read more
 
 
© csb.gov. All rights reserved