US CSB board meeting over worker-fatigue recommendation postponed

19 April 2013 18:58  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has postponed a meeting set for 24 April to consider and vote on a disputed worker-fatigue prevention recommendation made by two committees following the 2005 BP refinery explosion in Texas CityTexas, the CSB announced on Friday.

A new meeting date will be announced in the near future, the CSB said in a press release.

At issue before the board will be recommendation RP 755, with CSB staff saying the recommendation makes a contribution to chemical safety by explicitly stating that “workplace fatigue is a risk to safe operations” and suggesting measures to manage fatigue risks, according to the CSB meeting announcement.

However, CSB staff determined that RP 755 does not fully meet the intent of the CSB’s recommendation in “multiple important aspects”, according to a CSB statement, and the staff urged the board to designate the status of RP 755 as “Open-Unacceptable Action” and for further improvements to be made to the standard.

Following the BP refinery explosion, which resulted in 15 deaths and 180 injuries, a CSB investigation determined that worker fatigue played a critical role in the tragedy.

By: Jeremy Pafford
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