EPA/OSHA Joint Chemical Accident Investigation Report, BPS Inc., West Helena, Arkansas   [open pdf - 667KB]

This document is a report from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on an investigation the two agencies performed on an explosion at the Bartlo Packaging Incorporated (BPS) facility located in West Helena, Arkansas. "EPA and the OSHA conducted a joint investigation of the incident. The Joint Chemical Accident Investigation Team (JCAIT) determined that the incident was most likely caused by the decomposition of a bulk sack containing the pesticide Azinphos methyl (AZM) 50W which had been placed against or close to a hot compressor discharge pipe. […] The JCAIT identified the following root causes and contributing factors of the event." JCAIT also developed recommendations to address the causes of the explosion and to prevent similar incidences from occurring at other facilities. "EPA and OSHA work together under conditions detailed in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to investigate certain chemical accidents. The fundamental objective of the Joint EPA/OSHA chemical accident investigation program is to determine and report to the public the facts, conditions, circumstances, and causes or likely 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 of the accident investigation 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. This report is a result of a Joint EPA/OSHA investigation to describe the accident, determine root causes and contributing factors, and identify findings and recommendations."

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