Monday, December 15, 2014

BPS Chemical Explosion - Lessons Learned

On May 8, 1997, an explosion and fire occurred at the Bartlo Packaging Incorporated (BPS) facility located in West Helena, Arkansas. As a result of the explosion and
fire three firefighters died and seventeen other firefighters required medical attention due to heat exhaustion and minor injuries.

Hundreds of residents, including local hospital patients, were evacuated or sheltered in place due to the threat of exposure to toxic chemicals released in the blast.

This presentation reviews the incident, the chemistry, and the lessons learned.





Read the full, EPA/OSHA Joint Chemical Accident Investigation Report.


Monday, December 1, 2014

Reader Survey and FREE Stuff

I could really use your help, right now. In an effort to make this blog more relevant to your needs and interests I have created the 2014 Reader Survey

Would you please take a couple minutes and fill out the brief survey?  By doing so you will be helping yourself, by helping me create more interesting and relevant content.

Your input is important to me.  The survey is less than 10 questions, and should take less than 5 minutes. Also, there are no 'required' responses to hang you up.

For those of you who take the time to fill out the survey, you will be entered into a drawing to receive a package of fire prevention tools and resources. You must enter you e-mail at the end of the survey to be eligible for this.



Thanks in advance for your assistance in this!