Washington, DC, November 22, 2010: The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) was the recipient of two awards from the Television, Internet, and Video Association of DC at a dinner event held in Washington D.C. this week. A video animation detailing a massive dust explosion that took place at an Imperial Sugar refinery in Georgia won the gold award for an animation in its category. The video was created as part of the CSB investigation into the incident that claim the lives of 14 workers, and injured 36 others. The animation appeared in a CSB safety video entitled Inferno: Dust Explosion at Imperial Sugar.
Another CSB safety video, Combustible Dust: An Insidious Hazard was presented with the silver award for best educational/training video. This video at just under 30 min in length is designed to serve as a training resource for use in industries that face the dangers of Industrial Dust Explosions. It focuses on what lessons can be learned from several different CBS investigations into Dust Explosion incidents. Containing interviews with CSB investigators, and victims family members, the video demonstrate how Dust Explosions are a very real danger that are part of wide range of industrial processes.
The TIVA award was presented before an audience of hundreds of regional video and media professionals. Following the awards ceremony, CSB Managing Director Daniel Horowitz said, “This important recognition of our work speaks to the continuing impact of the CSB's thorough, scientific, independent investigations and the commitment of our staff and Board members to state-of-the-art communication of safety information.”
Dr. Horowitz continued, “It is the mission of the CSB to disseminate lessons learned from chemical and industrial accidents and to prevent similar tragedies in the future; the CSB’s video program has distributed hundreds of thousands of DVDs to industry leaders, workers, and communities around the world to increase their knowledge of chemical hazards and apply the lessons to their real world situations.”