CSB Calls for New Safety Regulations for Fireworks Disposal

Published January 23, 2013

Following its investigation of the explosion and fire that occurred in a fireworks storage facility in Hawaii in 2011 that killed five workers, the Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is calling for new regulations on the safe disposal of fireworks. In its final report on the accident, CSB highlights the “regulatory gap” pertaining to fireworks disposal in the U.S. and notes that there are no industry codes or standards that provide safety guidance on fireworks disposal. The agency determined that the facility, Donaldson Enterprises, Inc., would have “greatly benefitted from Process Safety Management (PSM) principles and concepts of inherent safety [for fireworks disposal].” Currently OSHA’s PSM standard applies to fireworks manufacturing but not to fireworks disposal.

CSB found that the explosion and fire resulted from unsafe fireworks disposal practices and insufficient safety requirements for government contractor selection and oversight, as well as the lack of national guidelines, standards, and regulations for fireworks disposal.

CSB’s latest safety video, “Deadly Contract,” details the events leading up to the accident. The video was released Jan. 17, the same day that the agency approved its final report. The new video summarizes the agency’s findings and safety recommendations. View the video on CSB’s YouTube channel.

Read more about the investigation on CSB’s website. The final report is available as a PDF. For more information, read CSB’s press release.