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CSB Wins Awards for Safety Videos

Graham Marshall - Saturday, January 05, 2013

Congratulations go to the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) which was has received three Awards from the Television, Internet and Video Association (TIVA) for safety videos produced in 2012. TIVA is a Washington-based organization of media production professionals.

CSB safety videos are documentary style narratives on specific accidents based on CSB investigation findings.

They typically include computer-generated simulations that depict deadly sequences of events, and include commentary by investigators and CSB board members.

The winning videos are:

 Hot Work: Hidden Hazards (Bronze Award) – 2 contractors were performing welding a top a 10,000 gallon slurry tank at a DuPont chemical facility near Buffalo, New York, when hot sparks ignited flammable vapors inside the tank, causing an explosion that killed one of the men and seriously injured another.

 Experimenting with Danger (Bronze Award) – A laboratory worker performing an experiment for an energetic materials project at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, was severely injured in an explosion. The video highlights two other academic lab accidents, one at UCLA and the other at Dartmouth College.

 Iron in the Fire (Silver Award) – Three combustible dust flash fires over a six month period occurred at the Hoeganaes Corporation powdered-iron facility in Gallatin, Tennessee, 20 miles outside of Nashville, resulting in fatal injuries to five workers.

To date, the CSB has produced 29 safety videos.

The CSB’s safety videos received numerous other awards, including three TIVA Peer Awards in 2011.

In 2010, the CSB received two CINE Golden Eagle Awards, one for a video on the rural oil tank storage facilities and teenage deaths entitled, “No Place to Hang Out,” and the other for “Dangers of Hot Work,” which reported on fatal accidents caused by the ignition of flammable vapor during welding, cutting and grinding activities at chemical and other facilities, for which the recently-awarded “Hot Work: Hidden Hazards” was a sequel.

Other CSB video awards include:

 May 2010 - 2010 European Process Safety Centre (EPSC) Award for the CSB Safety Video series;

 August 2009 - MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) award for “Half an Hour to Tragedy”;

 November 2009 - TIVA Peer award (bronze) for “Half an Hour to Tragedy”.

The agency’s video program was specifically cited when the CSB was named the 2008 recipient of the American ChemicalSociety’s (ACS) Howard Fawcett Award, honoring “outstanding contributions in the field of chemical health and safety.

The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating serious chemical accidents.

The agency's board members are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. CSB investigations look into all aspects of chemical accidents, including physical causes such as equipment failure as well as inadequacies in regulations, industry standards, and safety management systems.


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