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Meeting to Help Prevent Major Chemical Incidents

Article-Meeting to Help Prevent Major Chemical Incidents

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) will hold a public business meeting on Wednesday, May 6, 2015, to address several mission related issues including the status of an investigation plan, protocol and governance policies.

“This is the first CSB public business meeting in some time devoted to how we can best achieve our mission to help prevent major chemical incidents and I encourage participation by all our stakeholders,” said board member Mark Griffon.

The meeting will be from 9:30 am to 1 pm EDT at the CSB’s offices in Washington, DC. Those unable to attend may call 800-920-7487 and use participant code 44665662#.

At the public meeting, the Board will discuss and may vote on motions related to the following issues:
1. Proposed amendments to 40 CFR 1600 to provide for regular Sunshine Act meetings and to address timely voting on calendared notation item votes
2. Proposed schedule for regular CSB public business meetings
3. Notation Item 2015-07 relating to Board governance, the issuance of two Board Orders on Scoping and Investigations, respectively, and the administrative closure of three investigations (calendared on March 10, 2015)
4. 2015 CSB Action Plan

Additionally, the Board will hear status reports on the development of an overall CSB investigations plan and the process for updating the CSB's investigation protocol.

Members of the public attending the meeting can make brief statements to the Board concerning the agenda items. The time provided for public statements will depend upon the number of people who wish to speak. Speakers should assume that their presentations will be limited to five minutes or less.

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 plants, industry organizations, labor groups, and regulatory agencies such as OSHA and EPA.
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