Access and review the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) final report for the metal dust flash fires and hydrogen explosion that occurred at the Hoeganaes facility in Gallatin, TN. Click here to access a copy of the report. Write a review of the case that is a minimum of two pages in length, not including title and reference pages. The review should answer the following questions at a minimum:
What were the main factors that caused the flash fires and explosion? Explain how unidentified hazards can result in catastrophic events.
Do you believe the facility performed adequate job hazard analyses (JHAs)? Compare different techniques for performing a JHA, and discuss which technique(s) you believe the facility should have used.
Could improvements to JHA techniques have eliminated the flash fires and explosion?
What were the company’s responsibilities related to identifying combustible dust hazards based on the absence of an OSHA standard for combustible dusts? Be sure to distinguish between physical and health hazards.
How do you believe JHAs should be used in the process safety management (PSM) program? Explain how an effective job hazard analysis improves the effectiveness of a safety and health management program.