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RECORD NUMBER: 79 OF 246
|OLS Field Name||OLS Field Data|
|Main Title||EPA/OSHA joint chemical accident investigation report : BPS, Inc., West Helena, Arkansas.|
|CORP Author||Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC. Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Prevention Office. ;Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Washington, DC.|
|Publisher||U.S. Environmental Protection Agency : U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration,|
|Report Number||EPA 550-R-99-003|
|Subjects||Chemicals--Accidents--Investigation--Arkansas--West Helena ; Explosions--Arkansas--West Helena|
|Additional Subjects||Accident investigations ; Chemical plants ; Chemical compounds ; Occupational safety and health ; Industrial accidents ; Pesticides ; Hazardous materials ; Vapors ; Safety analysis ; Recurrence ; Chemical safety ; Chemical industry ; Fatalities ; Injuries ; Impacts ; Evacuation ; Explosives ; Fires ; Emergencies ; Responses ; US EPA ; Federal agencies ; Regulations ; BPS ; Inc. ; West Helena(Arkansas)|
|Collation||vii, 73 p. ill. ; 28 cm.|
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. On May 8, 1997, at approximately 1:15 p.m., Central Daylight Time , a massive explosion and fire occurred at Unit Two of the Bartlo Packaging Incorporated (BPS) facility located in West Helena, Arkansas. As a result of the explosion and fire, three West Helena firefighters were killed. Seventeen firefighters required medical attention due to heat exhaustion and injuries during the response.
Cover title. "April 1999." "EPA 550-R-99-003." Includes bibliographical references (p. 73).