EPA/OSHA Joint Chemical Accident Investigation Report, Surpass Chemical Company Co. Inc. Albany, NY [open pdf - 1MB]
This document is a report on the investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupation Safety and Health Administration on "a 5,700-gallon hydrochloric acid (HCl) storage tank ruptured while being filled at the Surpass Chemical Co., Inc. The spill of HCl, a corrosive and toxic chemical, resulted in injuries to employees and members of the public, as well as public evacuations. EPA and OSHA considered the impacts of the tank failure with respect to the MOU criteria and the potential for lessons-learned and decided to initiate a joint investigation. The scope of the investigation was to determine the immediate and root causes of the tank failure and to make recommendations that could assist Surpass and others to prevent similar accidents from occurring in the future. […] Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), EPA and OSHA are working together to investigate certain chemical accidents. The fundamental objective of this joint effort is to determine and report to the public the facts, conditions, circumstances, and causes or probable causes of any chemical accident that results in a fatality, serious injury, substantial property damage, or serious off-site impact, including a large scale evacuation of the general public. The ultimate goal is to determine the root causes in order to reduce the likelihood of recurrence, minimize the consequences associated with accidental releases, and to make chemical production, processing, handling, and storage safer. Reports, such as this one, are issued by the agencies to describe the accident, discuss the root causes and contributing factors, and summarize the findings and recommendations."
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