CSB Approves New Rule on Accidental Release Reporting

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) approved its final rule on accidental release reporting, which will now grant companies eight hours to report, up from four hours in the proposed rule.

This rule requires facility owners experiencing an accidental release of regulated, hazardous material that results in death, serious injury or substantial property damage to report key information to the CSB.

Required information is limited to critical information so the CSB can make informed decisions about its jurisdiction, inter-agency coordination and deployment, according to the pre-publication version of the rule.

Required information includes:

  • Minimal contact information
  • Basic description of the incident, and
  • Relevant Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) registry numbers associated with the chemicals involved.

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