US CSB to consider asking OSHA to reconsider chem safety standards

15 July 2013 18:07  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) will meet on 25 July to consider whether the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has adequately implemented several regulatory recommendations made by the CSB, the board announced on Monday.

The CSB also will consider selecting the agency’s first “Most Wanted Chemical Safety Improvement” issue, on which the CSB would place special emphasis in advocating for upgrades.

According to the CSB, it is considering giving the designation of “Open-Unacceptable Response” to OSHA’s actions regarding the following CSB recommendations issued earlier:

  • Pursuant to the board’s investigation of the 2001 explosion at the Motiva refinery in Delaware City, Delaware, ensuring better coverage under the Process Safety Management (PSM) standard for atmospheric storage tanks that could be involved in a potential catastrophic release as a result of being interconnected to a covered process with 10,000 lbs of a flammable process.
  • Pursuant to the board’s probe into the 2005 explosions at the BP refinery in Texas City, Texas, amending the PSM to require management of change (MOC) reviews to be conducted for organisational changes that may impact process safety.
  • Pursuant to the board’s investigation into the 2009 explosion and roof collapse at the ConAgra SlimJim facility in Garner, North Carolina, and the 2010 explosion at the Kleen Energy power plant in Middletown, Connecticut, the issuance of a fuel gas safety standard for construction and general industry.

“Open-Unacceptable Response” means that the CSB disagrees with OSHA’s actions and is asking for the organisation to reconsider.

The CSB also will consider designating a combustible dust standard as the agency’s “Most Wanted Safety Improvement”. Such a designation would be a first for the board.

By: Jeremy Pafford
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