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CSB Shares Chemical Release Incident Data

Posted on 6/16/2022 by Roger Marks

The US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) recently shared a list of accidental chemical releases reported since March 23, 2020—the date a new reporting requirement took effect.

Any accidental release that results in death, serious injury, or substantial property damage must be reported to CSB within eight hours of the release. The regulation is found at 40 CFR 1604.3.

CSB Shares Chemical Release Incident Data

Under US EPA regulations (40 CFR 302.6), releases of hazardous substances at or above the substance’s Reportable Quantity (RQ) must be reported immediately to the National Response Center (NRC). For releases reported to the NRC, a facility can satisfy CSB’s reporting requirement by providing the NRC identification number to CSB within 30 minutes of submitting the report to NRC.  

153 Releases Reported 

CSB lists 153 reportable releases between March 23, 2020 and May 9, 2022. 24 of the releases caused fatalities, 90 caused serious injury, and 62 caused substantial property damage.

The list of reported releases is available for download from CSB’s website. CSB will update the database quarterly.

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