CSB Board Votes Unanimously on Status of 15 Safety Recommendations


Washington, DC, June 30, 2015—The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has recently voted unanimously to update the status of fifteen safety recommendations resulting from nine accident investigations; including key safety improvements resulting from the 2010 Texas Tech University Laboratory accident, the fatal accident that occurred at the DuPont facility in Belle, WV in 2009, and the 2005 BP Texas City refinery fire and explosion.

The effective development and tracking of recommendations, designed to correct safety deficiencies, are key to the CSB's chemical accident prevention efforts. Recommendations developed by CSB staff are approved by majority vote of the Board, as are formal designations of responses to action taken. Additional information is available from   www.CSB.gov. CLICK HERE to view information on frequently asked questions regarding CSB Recommendations.

The CSB’s recommendations were a result of the following accident investigations.

Allied Terminals - Chesapeake, VA

Bethune – Daytona Beach, FL

Dupont Belle – Belle, WV

Dupont Belle –  Belle, WV

Emergency Shutdown Systems for Chlorine Transfer Safety Bulletin – Festus, MO & Baton Rouge, LA

Hoeganaes – Gallatin, TN

Honeywell – Baton Rouge, LA

Tesoro – Anacortes, WA

Texas Tech University Chemistry Lab Explosion – Lubbock, TX

BP Texas City- Texas City, TX


View the CSB’s Recent Recommendation Status Update Webpage to view status change summaries on each recommendation.

The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents.  The agency's board members are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. CSB investigations look into all aspects of chemical accidents, including physical causes such as equipment failure as well as inadequacies in regulations, industry standards, and safety management systems.

 The Board does not issue citations or fines but does make safety recommendations to  industry, industry organizations, labor groups, and regulatory agencies such as OSHA and EPA. Visit our website, www.csb.gov.

 For more information, contact Communications Director Hillary Cohen, (202) 446-8094 or via email at [email protected]


Back to news