Recent Recommendation Status Updates

Each recommendation the CSB issues is monitored by CSB staff from the time it is issued to closing. CSB staff evaluate recipient responses, and the Board votes to assign status designations to recommendations based on staff evaluation. This page highlights recommendations for which the Board has recently voted to change the status of the recommendation. For more information on how the CSB defines its recommendation statuses, please visit the Recommendations Frequently Asked Questions page.

 

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Recommendations

Macondo Blowout and Explosion (3 Recommendations)
Ocean Energy Safety Institute (1 Recommendations)
Open: 0% | Closed: 100%

Final Report Released On: April 20, 2016

2010-10-I-OS-10

Conduct further study on riser gas unloading scenarios, testing, and modeling and publish a white paper containing technical guidance that communicates findings and makes recommendations for industry safety improvements.


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.
 

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U.S. Department of the Interior (2 Recommendations)
Open: 0% | Closed: 100%

Final Report Released On: April 20, 2016

2010-10-I-OS-13

Further enhance the qualifications, professional competency, and diversity of BSEE staff to implement major accident prevention programs by:
a.    Continuing efforts to enhance recruiting and retention of sufficient staff with a diversity of expertise, professional backgrounds and skill sets, such that BSEE has staff competencies in a variety of safety-critical and technical areas, including petroleum, chemical, and mechanical engineering; human and organizational factors; well design and control; and process safety, as well as those with industry experience to perform an even more expanded mission as envisioned in this report;  
b.    Retaining the services of a human resources consulting firm to complement BSEE’s efforts to date on human capital management and workforce planning issues, in light of documented difficulties in recruiting and retaining necessary staff, including the development of a plan with respect to large numbers of retirements facing the agency in the coming decade, as well as a compensation analysis (and a plan for subsequent periodic market analyses and benchmarking) to ensure BSEE remains competitive with other employers in the offshore industry. Augment the agency’s compensation system as necessary to enable BSEE to attract and retain the level of staffing needed to perform BSEE’s mission.
c.    Continuing to assess, expand, and improve ongoing BSEE training programs for new hires to provide all employees with robust skill sets, including appropriate technical training as well as interpersonal skills such as communications, negotiation and advocacy.

If funding, legislative authority, or other approvals are required to implement the recommended regulatory provisions in Recommendation R11 – R13, the Secretary of the Interior shall seek such authority from Congress or expedited hiring authority from the Office of Personnel Management.


Status: Closed - Acceptable Alternative Action
Closed - Acceptable Alternative Action (C - AAA)
 

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2010-10-I-OS-14

Expand the offshore safety regulatory program that collects, tracks, and analyzes safety performance indicators from industry to further influence industry efforts in reducing major accident risks to ALARP. At a minimum, this program shall:
a.    Require the reporting of safety indicator data by all responsible parties, as defined in R11(a);
b.    Emphasize the greater preventive value of using leading indicators to actively monitor the health and performance of major accident safety barriers and the management systems meant to ensure their effectiveness, and work with industry to develop leading indicators that are measurable, actionable, normalized across industry, and that occur with sufficient frequency to allow for meaningful trending and analysis at the facility and corporate levels;
c.    Augment current reporting requirements to include leading safety performance indicators;
d.    Use the safety performance indicator data to:
1.    identify industrywide, companywide, and facility-specific safety trends and deficiencies;
2.    set annual process safety goals or targets for the industry, company and/or facility, as appropriate, based upon those identified safety trends and deficiencies;
3.    issue, at a minimum, annual reports that publicly communicate those trends, deficiencies, targets, and goals; and
4.    determine future appropriate allocations of BSEE resources and the prioritization of BSEE inspections;
e.    Include use of significant lagging indicators data (including those already mandated by 30 C.F.R. 250.188(a) and (b), such as major events like explosions, fires, gas releases, fatalities, INCs) as qualification criteria in the lease-approval and permit-to-drill decision-making processes by the regulator.


Status: Closed - Acceptable Alternative Action
Closed - Acceptable Alternative Action (C - AAA)
 

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Honeywell Chemical Incidents (1 Recommendations)
American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) (1 Recommendations)
Open: 0% | Closed: 100%

Final Report Released On: August 08, 2005

2003-13-I-LA-22

Develop guidance on the effective design and maintenance of HVAC systems and other necessary control room components designed to protect employees and equipment in the event of a release of hazardous materials.


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.
 

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AB Specialty Silicones, LLC (3 Recommendations)
AB Specialty Silicones, LLC (3 Recommendations)
Open: 100% | Closed: 0%

Final Report Released On: September 24, 2021

2019-03-I-IL-1

Develop hazardous gas detection and alarm programs and associated procedures based on manufacturer specifications, current codes, standards, and industry good practice guidance, for all hazardous gases that could be released near workers, including hydrogen. The program must address proper installation, calibration, inspection, maintenance, training, and routine operations. Ensure such hazardous gas detection and alarm systems are functional at all times.


Status: Open - Awaiting Response or Evaluation/Approval of Response
Open - Awaiting Response or Evaluation/Approval of Response (O - ARE/AR) - The recipient has not submitted a substantive response, or the evaluation by CSB staff of a response is pending, or the Board has not yet acted on staff recommendation of status.
 

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2019-03-I-IL-2

Establish a safety management system that addresses process safety at the AB Specialty Waukegan, Illinois facility. Include in that system elements recommended in industry guidance publications, including Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) publications Guidelines for Risk Based Process Safety and Guidelines for Implementing Process Safety Management.


Status: Open - Awaiting Response or Evaluation/Approval of Response
Open - Awaiting Response or Evaluation/Approval of Response (O - ARE/AR) - The recipient has not submitted a substantive response, or the evaluation by CSB staff of a response is pending, or the Board has not yet acted on staff recommendation of status.
 

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2019-03-I-IL-3

Incorporate into operations and activities at AB Specialty the specific elements recommended in CCPS’s Essential Practices for Managing Chemical Reactivity Hazards, which are:

1. Put into place a system to manage chemical reactivity hazards

2. Collect reactivity hazard information

3. Identify chemical reactivity hazards

4. Test for chemical reactivity

5. Assess chemical reactivity risks

6. Identify and implement process controls and risk management options

7. Document chemical reactivity risks and management decisions

8. Communicate and train on chemical reactivity hazards

9. Investigate chemical reactivity incidents

10. Review, audit, manage change in, and improve hazard management practices and programs.


Status: Open - Awaiting Response or Evaluation/Approval of Response
Open - Awaiting Response or Evaluation/Approval of Response (O - ARE/AR) - The recipient has not submitted a substantive response, or the evaluation by CSB staff of a response is pending, or the Board has not yet acted on staff recommendation of status.
 

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Evergreen Packaging Paper Mill - Fire During Hot Work (1 Recommendations)
Universal Blastco (1 Recommendations)
Open: 100% | Closed: 0%

Final Report Released On: September 24, 2021

2020-07-I-NC-8

Develop a policy and standard operating procedures for the proper use of heat guns in FRP operations. 


Status: Open - Awaiting Response or Evaluation/Approval of Response
Open - Awaiting Response or Evaluation/Approval of Response (O - ARE/AR) - The recipient has not submitted a substantive response, or the evaluation by CSB staff of a response is pending, or the Board has not yet acted on staff recommendation of status.
 

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