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Chemical Safety Board Reiterates Goals, Agenda

Thursday, July 29, 2021

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Earlier this week, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board released a video message from its Chairperson and CEO, Katherine Lemos.

The CSB is an independent, non-regulatory federal agency with a mandate to investigate accidental chemical releases at fixed facilities with impact on the safety of workers and the environment. The CSB evaluates items such as equipment and system designs; regulations, standards and guidance; training and procedures; human and organizational factors.

After the evaluation, the body issues recommendations to other federal agencies, companies and the public to reduce the risk of future accidents.

In the video, Lemos shared three main agency priorities:

  • The top priority is to focus on the mission: To drive chemical safety change, we need to continue delivering high-quality safety product;
  • The second priority is to drive efficiency of operations within the agency, expanding our workforce and improving business partnerships; and
  • The third priority is to strengthen relationships with our stakeholders and federal counterparts.

“These priorities will fuel our productivity and keep us laser-focused on our mission: to improve and raise the bar for chemical safety across our nation,” Lemos said.

The message also highlighted improvements in agency transparency, which the agency notes have been emphasized since Lemos took office last year. They are:

  • Public releases of critical facts identified in early-stage investigations;
  • Live Board meetings to close investigations and vote on the findings, probable cause, and recommendations; and
  • Hearing from the investigators directly as they present the facts, and from the board members as they deliberate their votes.

“Though we must remain true to our mission in conducting and issuing independent and objective analysis and recommendations, it is important to consider the expertise, knowledge and priorities of our stakeholder community,” Lemos concluded.

The announcement comes weeks after the agency posted bout vacancies on its board. In March, Bloomberg Law reported that four of the five seats on the board were vacant despite the agency having 14 open cases dating back to 2016.


Tagged categories: Good Technical Practice; Government; Health and safety; NA; North America; Safety; U.S. Chemical Safety Board

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