Worker Participation is Essential for Preventing Safety Accidents: New Safety Digest issued by CSB

September 17, 2019

Every 7 seconds, a worker is injured on the job. Accidents like these can be prevented through better collaboration between workers and employers.

On September 4, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) published a new a new safety digest discussing the importance of worker participation to avoid chemical mishaps. The report outlines how the shortage of worker engagement was a determinant in various incidents examined by the CSB. It is vital for workers and their employers to collaborate to recognize dangers and reduce hazards.

According to CSB Board Member Rick Engler, “Worker engagement is key to an effective process safety program. After all, it’s employees who are so often in direct contact with the hazards -- and have the experience and knowledge to help prevent them.”

According to CSB news, this "digest discusses four incidents that led to a total of 13 employee deaths, many injuries, and, in one case, 15,000 residents living near the facility seeking medical evaluation. The incidents took place at an explosives manufacturing site, a chemical production facility, and two oil refineries. They occurred in Nevada, Washington, California, and Louisiana."

All of these CSB examinations discovered that worker participation programs were insufficient, despite industry standards and federal regulations.

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“CSB Releases New Safety Digest on Worker Participation to Help Prevent Catastrophic Chemical Incidents.” CSB, U.S. Chemical Safety Board, 4 Sept. 2019,

Gonzales, Gloria. “Worker Participation in Preventing Safety Mishaps Key: CSB.” Business Insurance, 4 Sept. 2019,