Skip to Main Content

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

Text Size AA

Media Room

Follow Us

YouTube Facebook Twitter

Email Sign-up


Total # of Recommendations
Total # of Open Recommendations
Total # of Closed Recommendations
Total % of Open 22 vs. Closed 78

News Releases

News Issued From  To
Results: 4 Articles found.
Jun 26, 2008 12:00 AM

CSB Issues Final Report on Barton Solvents Explosion, Calls on OSHA and Trade Associations to Improve Material Safety Data Sheets for Nonconductive Flammable Liquids; Safety Video with Animation Released

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today released a case study and safety video on the July 2007 explosion and fire at the Barton Solvents distribution facility in Valley Center, Kansas. The CSB found the most likely cause of the explosion -- involving what is known as a nonconductive flammable liquid -- was a static spark resulting from a loosely-linked level-measuring float within the tank. The spark ignited the air-vapor mixture inside the tank as it was being filled.

Nov 01, 2007 03:19 PM

CSB Investigation at Barton Solvents Des Moines, Iowa, Facility Progressing; Immediate Cause was Ignition of Spraying Ethyl Acetate During Loading Operation -- Agency also Continues Examination of July, 2007 Barton Accident in Wichita, Kansas

Des Moines, Iowa, November 1, 2007 - Investigators for the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) said today progress is being made in the investigation of a large explosion and fire which occurred at the Barton Solvents facility in Des Moines, Iowa on October 29. The company packages, stores, and delivers solvents and other chemical products, many of which are widely used in the paint and coatings industry​

Aug 07, 2007 12:00 AM

CSB Proceeding with Barton Solvents Explosions and Fire Assessment, Investigative Team Returning to Site Today

Washington, DC, August 7, 2007 - The U.S. Chemical Safety Board is proceeding with its assessment of the explosions and fire at Barton Solvents in Valley Center, Kansas, north of Wichita, with investigators returning to the accident site this week to gather further information.

Jul 19, 2007 12:00 AM

CSB Investigative Team Assessing Explosions and Fire at Barton Solvents near Wichita, Kansas

Washington, DC, July 19, 2007 - An investigative team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has been deployed to the site of Tuesday's explosions and fire at the Barton Solvents facility in Valley Center, Kansas, north of Wichita.

Results: 4 Articles found.
© All rights reserved