U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board

  • News

    May 1, 2014
  • Blogs

    April 23, 2014

    West, Texas Explosion: One Year Later, Nothing Has Changed

    In the wake of the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion, it's probably not surprising to learn that the disaster -- which killed at least 14, injured hundreds and gave the little North Texas town the look of a post-apocalyptic war zone -could have been avoided. That's what the U.S. Chemical Safety ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    Chemical Safety Board May Tell OSHA, Obama Administration, Off, Officially

    We've all seen the video. We couldn't help watching it, how the flames were licking the sides of the building, the smoke was coming out in plumes. We watched it, knowing what was about to happen, but it still came as a surprise when the fireball erupted and the fertilizer plant in that small North T ... More >>

  • News

    June 13, 2013

    Chemically Burned: Dow Chemical Tries to Avoid Hot Water in Worker's Death

    Brian Johns suffered chemical burns over 65 percent of his body in a Deer Park plant explosion. A representative of his company, a subsidiary of Dow Chemical, tried to tell doctors Johns had just encountered some really hot water.

  • News

    December 17, 2009

    A Quiet Hell

    Thanks to lax enforcement by TCEQ, plants along the Houston Ship Channel launch tons of toxic gases into our air, and face little penalty even when they exceed pollution limits over and over again.

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2008

    Cartoons Will Stop Refinery Disasters

    It turns out cartoons can be educational in the petrochemical oil patch, where telephone book-size safety reports can put a guy in a hardhat to sleep. The independent federal agency that looks into industrial chemical accidents says its computer-animated safety videos are a hot item for plant offic ... More >>