Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Chemical Safety Board (CSB) 2012 - 2016 Strategic Plan

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has released its 2012 - 2016 Strategic Plan. The new strategy updates the 2007 - 2012 CSB Strategic Plan, including the CSB's strategic goals, objectives, and associated measures for managing and evaluating agency operations.The final version of the plan features a "CSB Most Wanted Program" that serves to focus CSB outreach initiatives for key CSB recommendations.

The plan contains measurable objections and concentrates on three main goals:
  1. Conduct incident investigations and safety studies concerning releases of hazardous chemical substances. This goal fulfills the core missions of the Board by ensuring that CSB selects and completes incident investigations that have the potential to generate recommendations with high preventative impact. It also directs the CSB to develop and complete safety studies with an emphasis on emerging safety issues.
  2. Improve safety and environmental protection by ensuring that CSB recommendations are implemented and by broadly disseminating CSB findings through advocacy and outreach. CSB says its successful safety videos are an important component of its dissemination efforts.
  3. Preserve the public trust by maintaining and improving organizational excellence. CSB endeavors to use best practice project management in all agency processes, including administration and service functions.

The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents. 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 also makes safety recommendations to plants, industry organizations, labor groups, and regulatory agencies such as OSHA and EPA.

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