The federal government has been working to improve chemical facility safety and security, but two concepts intended to further that improvement are seemingly being left behind: Inherently Safer Design and the Safety Case.
West, TX – The 2013 deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, TX, was preventable and occurred because the company and federal, state and local agencies failed to identify and correct hazards, Chemical Safety Board Chair Rafael Moure-Eraso said April 22.
Washington – A corroded pipe that had not been inspected for years was the source of the hydrogen release and subsequent explosion at the Silver Eagle Refinery in 2009, according to a new analysis from the Chemical Safety Board.
Seattle – The fatal explosion at the Tesoro Corp. refinery in Anacortes, WA, in 2010 could have been prevented if the company had replaced steel tubing with inherently safer alloys, according to a new report from the Chemical Safety Board.
Washington – Failure to apply inherently safer design principles, conduct damage mechanism hazard reviews and implement safeguards led to the hydrocarbon release and fire at a Chevron refinery in August 2012, concludes a draft report from the Chemical Safety Board.