The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) announced that it will host two public meetings in June 2015 in order to increase dialogue with CSB stakeholders.
The first meeting will bring together stakeholders from industry, labor, trade, professional associations, and environmental organizations on Wednesday, June 10 (location to be announced shortly). The meeting will begin at 9am and will include discussion focusing on two main issues:
• Emerging safety issues/what should the CSB be looking at in its strategic plan?
• How can the CSB optimize its investigations and recommendations?
“Ongoing input from our stakeholders will help improve both our incident investigations and our safety recommendations, ultimately improving the execution of the CSB’s mission,” said board member Mark Griffon.
The meeting will include key stakeholders who will be invited to participate in a roundtable discussion. All attendees will have an opportunity to take part in public comment periods following the sessions. The meeting will also be available via webcast. To ensure adequate seating please confirm attendance for the June 10 meeting by sending an email to [email protected]
The second meeting will occur on June 18 at 9:30am. This meeting will be a CSB business meeting and will take place at the CSB offices at 2175 K St., NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC. Additional public business meetings will take place on July 22, September 16, October 21, January 20, 2016, and April 20, 2016.
The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents. The agency's board members are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. CSB investigations look into all aspects of chemical accidents, including physical causes such as equipment failure as well as inadequacies in regulations, industry standards, and safety management systems.
The Board does not issue citations or fines but does make safety recommendations to industry, industry organizations, labor groups, and regulatory agencies such as OSHA and EPA.
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