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CSB releases cold weather safety information for chemical facilities

Bulletin highlights safety lessons from cold weather incidents, offers guidance and resources

Posted October 4, 2018

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) released safety information for chemical and other process facilities when preparing equipment and instrumentation for cold weather.

The bulletin summarizes three CSB investigations where ineffective freeze protection practices and programs were found to be causal to the incident, and offers guidance and resources.

The CSB recommends companies:

  • Establish formal, written winterization programs.
  • Identify and properly winterize equipment that is susceptible to ice or hydrate formation in cold weather, through process hazard analyses, management of change (MOC) evaluations, pre-startup safety reviews, and operating procedures.

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