The US Chemical Safety Board and Inherently Safer Technology

Global Congress on Process Safety
April 2, 2012 - 12:00am

The United State (US) Chemical Safety Board (CSB) was created by the same legislation that mandated the regulation of high hazard industries by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Process Safety Management (PSM) and the Risk Management Program (RMP) regulations respectively. A great deal of knowledge and experience has accumulated in the two decades since this legislation, however, and this experience can suggest improvements to high hazard chemical regulation. In particular, the PSM and RMP regulations did not incorporate several principles that are today widely accepted to be crucial for effective process safety management, especially those principles related to inherently safer design and technology.

The CSB legislative mandate does not constrain the Agency to the existing regulatory framework, however, but rather calls for the CSB to issue recommendations to improve it. This presentation will review the CSB's experience with “outside the box” recommendations that call for implementation of inherently safer technology and principles from six investigations (DuPont, Bayer CropScience, Kleen Energy, ConAgra Foods, Valero refinery, BP refinery). The presentation concludes with a brief discussion of the challenges the Agency faces in advancing those principles, and the need for increasing collaboration to advance the adoption of inherently safer design and technology.

Professional Development Hours
0.5 PDHs
You will be able to download and print a certificate for these PDH credits once the content has been viewed. If you have already viewed this content, please click here to login.

Would you like to access this content?

No problem. You just have to complete the following steps.

You have completed 0 of 2 steps.

  1. Log in

    You must be logged in to view this content. Log in now.

  2. Purchase Technical Presentation

    You must purchase this technical presentation using one of the options below.
    If you already purchased this content recently, please click here to refresh the system's record of ownerships.


Credits 0.5 Use credits
List Price $25.00 Buy now
AIChE Members $15.00 Buy now
AIChE Undergraduate Student Members Free Free access
AIChE Graduate Student Members $15.00 Buy now