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US Chemical Safety Board releases 2012 – 2016 strategic plan

July 13, 2012
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CSBFocus on incident investigations with the potential for the broadest repercussions, work to get recommendations implemented and use best practice project management to ensure organizational excellence.

Those goals were outlined in the 2012 – 2016 strategic plan released yesterday by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB). The plan is an update of the 2007 – 2012 CSB Strategic Plan, and includes the CSB’s strategic goals, strategic objectives, and associated measures for managing and evaluating agency operations.

CSB Chairperson Dr. Rafael Moure-Eraso said, “The CSB’s strategic plan contains 13 strategic objectives that enable the agency to work towards its mission of accident prevention. The plan builds on the agency’s legislative mandate and includes an updated mission and vision statement.”

The strategic plan was approved unanimously by CSB board members and is now posted on the CSB’s website and available at www.csb.gov.

The CSB’s updated strategic plan was developed by interviewing stakeholders in industry, academia, and other government agencies as well as considering public comment, which was submitted to the board for review. As a result the final version of the plan includes a CSB Most Wanted Program that will allow the CSB to focus on outreach initiatives surrounding key CSB recommendations.

In addition, there are measurable objectives and the final plan focuses on three main goals

  1. Conduct incident investigations and safety studies concerning releases of hazardous chemical substances.
  2. Improve safety and environmental protection by ensuring that CSB recommendations are implemented and by broadly disseminating CSB findings through advocacy and outreach.
  3. Preserve the public trust by maintaining and improving organizational excellence.

From the CSB:

“Goal 1 drives the core mission of the agency by ensuring that the CSB selects and completes incident investigations that have the potential to generate recommendations with high preventive impact. It also focuses the agency on developing and completing safety studies with an emphasis on emerging safety issues.

“Goal 2 focuses on implementing our recommendations and their associated advocacy and outreach. The highly successful CSB safety videos are an important component of the agency information dissemination efforts.

“Goal 3, on organizational excellence, serves to bind all agency processes using best practice project management. This includes all of the agency’s high-performing administration and services functions.”

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. Visit our website, www.csb.gov.

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