AIChE Responds to Proposed Elimination of the Chemical Safety Board

March 20, 2017

On March 17, 2017, AIChE released the following statement:

"Statement in response to proposed elimination of the Chemical Safety Board:

Our process industries support essential economic development. However, businesses dependent on hazardous materials operate with the daunting challenge of preventing catastrophic accidents. Such accidents are very rare, though their consequences can be very severe. Given this rarity, companies often lack the in-house expertise to self-investigate, while concerns about liability may inhibit willingness to share lessons learned. Recognizing these issues, Congress created the Chemical Safety Board so we can benefit from on-going expertise to investigate major accidents and disseminate best practices and technologies to minimize catastrophic incidents. We believe that this is a competence that must be maintained and a need that we must continue to meet.”

June Wispelwey, Executive Director, American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Shakeel Kadri, Executive Director, Center for Chemical Process Safety

About AIChE:

AIChE is a professional society of more than 53,000 chemical engineers in 110 countries. Its members work in corporations, universities and government using their knowledge of chemical processes to develop safe and useful products for the benefit of society. Through its varied programs, AIChE continues to be a focal point for information exchange on the frontier of chemical engineering research in such areas as nanotechnology, sustainability, hydrogen fuels, biological and environmental engineering, and chemical plant safety and security. More information about AIChE is available at www.aiche.org.

About CCPS:

CCPS is a not-for-profit corporate membership organization within AIChE that identifies and addresses process safety needs in the chemical, pharmaceutical and petroleum industries. CCPS brings together manufacturers, government agencies, consultants, academics and insurers to lead the way in improving process safety. Members, working in project subcommittees, define and develop useful, time-tested guidelines that have practical applications that run the gamut from human factors to qualitative and quantitative risk analysis to security vulnerability to inherently safety design. With more than 100 publications, CCPS is at the forefront of efforts to improve process safety performance. More information about CCPS is available at www.aiche.org/ccps.