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Action Plan for Chemical Cybersecurity

Publish Date: 2022-11-01
Category: Industry News

On October 26, 2022, the White House launched a 100-day sprint to assess cybersecurity in the chemical sector under an ongoing initiative to secure Industrial Control Systems (ICSs) across key sectors of US critical infrastructure. The effort will be led by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in cooperation with the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the National Security Council (NSC).

The effort is an expansion to the chemical sector of the existing ICS cybersecurity initiative that has addressed ICS security for the pipeline, electric, and water sectors. The Chemical Action Plan will serve as a roadmap to guide the sector’s assessment of their current cybersecurity practices building on lessons learned and best practices from the previously launched action plans for the pipeline, electric, and water sectors.

CSB Releases Video of Fire, Explosions, and Hydrofluoric Acid Release at Philadelphia Energy Solutions

Publish Date: 2022-10-27
Category: Industry News

On October 27, 2022, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board released a safety video addressing the fire, explosions, and toxic hydrofluoric acid (HF) release that occurred at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on June 21, 2019.

CSB Releases Final Report into 2019 Fire and Explosion at Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refinery

Publish Date: 2022-10-12
Category: Industry News

On October 11, 2022, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) released its final investigative report into an accident at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refinery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that occurred in June 2019.

As a result, the CSB is making recommendations for:

The American Petroleum Institute (API) to update its standard on Safe Operation of Hydrofluoric Acid Alkylation Units to require installation of remotely operated emergency isolation valves on the inlets and outlets of all hydrofluoric acid containing vessels, and any hydrocarbon containing vessels meeting defined threshold quantities.

API to update its standard on Safe Operation of Hydrofluoric Acid Alkylation Units to require that critical safeguards and associated control system components be protected from fire and explosion hazards, including radiant heat and flying projectiles.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to require petroleum refineries to conduct a safer technology and alternatives analysis (STAA) as part of their Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) under EPA's RMP rule, and evaluate the practicability of any inherently safer technology.

EPA to initiate prioritization under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to evaluate whether hydrofluoric acid is a high priority substance for risk evaluation, and if it is, conduct a TSCA risk evaluation of HF and implement any identified risk mitigation requirements.

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2023 Training schedule released

Publish Date: 2022-10-06
Category: Primatech News

Get a head start on your 2023 process safety training plan. Primatech offers over 30 training courses and tutorials on process safety, security and risk management topics. Many of our face-to-face courses are offered through open enrollment around the world. Primatech also offers several courses and tutorials available through live streaming.

CSB Releases Updates on Four Ongoing Investigations of Chemical Incidents in Texas, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Georgia

Publish Date: 2022-10-03
Category: Industry News

On October 3, 2022, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) released updates on four of the Agency's current chemical incident investigations to provide important factual information about the CSB's work on them.

The four investigations addressed by the updates are:

  • Fatal Propylene Release and Explosion at Watson Grinding and Manufacturing in Houston, Texas

The January 24, 2020, explosion fatally injured two employees and seriously injured two others. The event damaged hundreds of nearby homes, businesses and other structures. The explosion was fueled by propylene that had inadvertently been released inside an enclosed space. 

  • Hydrogen Chloride Release at Wacker Polysilicon, LLC in Charleston, Tennessee

The November 13, 2020, incident involved a heat exchanger that cracked and released hydrogen chloride at the facility during maintenance activities. The release caused chemical burns to one contract worker. Another contract worker was injured fatally, and two others were injured seriously when they fell from an elevated structure while attempting to escape the release.

  • Fatal Double Cone Dryer Explosion and Fire at Optima Belle LLC in Belle, West Virginia

The December 8, 2020, incident, which involved dehydration of a chlorinated isocyanurate compound, resulted in one fatality. The CSB's update includes extensive background on the process taking place at the facility and  the events leading up to the explosion and fire.

  • Fatal Liquid Nitrogen Release at Foundation Food Group in Gainesville, Georgia

On January 28, 2021, liquid nitrogen was released from a freezer at the chicken processing facility resulting in the fatal injuries of six employees and the serious injury of three employees and one emergency responder. The CSB's update provides an incident description, diagrams of the facility, and details about the installation of liquid nitration and operational issues.

Links to the updates can be found here.

CSB Releases Final Investigation Report on 2016 Sunoco Oil Terminal Fire and Explosion in Texas

Publish Date: 2022-09-29
Category: Industry News

On September 28, 2022, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) released its final report on the 2016 flash fire and explosion at the Sunoco Nederland, Texas crude oil terminal, which resulted in burn injuries to seven workers. The CSB’s investigation identified deficiencies in the company’s hot work policies and procedures as well as the contractors hired to execute the work. The CSB’s final report highlights key safety lessons learned from the incident at the Sunoco facility, which can prevent future hot work incidents. 

The report is available here.

CSB Deploys Team to Fatal Refinery Incident in Ohio

Publish Date: 2022-09-26
Category: Industry News

On September 26, 2022, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) announced it is deploying a team to investigate the accidental release event that occurred at approximately 9:00 p.m. local time on Tuesday September 20, 2022, at the BP Toledo Refinery in Oregon, OH. The incident involved an explosion and fire that resulted in two fatalities, the release of sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide, and significant property damage.

Amendments to EPA's RMP Rule

Publish Date: 2022-09-14
Category: Industry News

On August 31, 2022, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register ( 87 FR 53536) to amend its Risk Management Program (RMP) rule inviting comments on or before October 31, 2022. Virtual public hearings: will be held on September 26, 27, and 28, 2022.

The proposed revisions include several changes and amplifications to the accident prevention program requirements, enhancements to the emergency preparedness requirements, increased public availability of chemical hazard information, and several other changes to certain regulatory definitions or points of clarification. These proposed amendments seek to improve chemical process safety; assist in planning, preparedness, and responding to RMP-reportable accidents; and improve public awareness of chemical hazards at regulated sources.

Link for rule

Changes to OSHA's PSM standard

Publish Date: 2022-09-13
Category: Industry News

On August 30, 2022, OSHA published a notice in the Federal Register ( 87 FR 53020) announcing a stakeholder meeting regarding changes to OSHA's Process Safety Management (PSM) standard and inviting comments on the potential changes being considered. Originally, the meeting was scheduled for September 28, 2022 but has been postponed to October 12th, 2022 at 10 a.m.

Link for the original notice
Link for meeting registration

New Guidance on Accidental Release Reporting Rule Provided by CSB

Publish Date: 2022-09-12
Category: Industry News
On September 1, 2022 the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released new guidance on the agency’s “Accidental Release Reporting Rule.” The guidance is intended to help owners and operators better understand and comply with the rule.
The guidance can be found here.