Saturday, December 30, 2023

Review - CSB Updates Recommendations Response Status – 12-20-23

Yesterday, the Chemical Safety Board updated their Recent Recommendation Status Updates page, closing one recommendation and updating the ‘open’ status of six other recommendations. These recommendations were made in the final reports for three separate incidents:

Optima Belle Explosion and Fire,

Loy Lange Box Company Pressure Vessel Explosion, and

Kuraray Pasadena Release and Fire


Presumably, the board members of the CSB met, had a discussion about these changes and then voted (formally or otherwise) to approve these changes. In the distant pass, the Board would have conducted this meeting in public and announced the changes in a press release. Now we have to wait a week or more to see these changes reflected in a back page of the web site. While this is ‘open governance’ for some levels of open, it does little to inspire public confidence or further public awareness of chemical safety issues.


For more details about the changes made to the recommendation statuses, see my article at CFSN Detailed Analysis - - subscription required.

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