Perspectives: From the Editor

CSB Chair Gives Good Vibes

New head sends strong signals about reinvigorating the Chemical Safety Board

By Mark Rosenzweig, Editor In Chief
Nov 16, 2015

Vanessa Sutherland, the new chairperson of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), gave a keynote talk at the Mary K. O’Connor Process Safety Center 18th Annual International Symposium in College Station, Texas, in late October. It was the first time that many process safety specialists, as well as myself, had a chance to meet her and learn her plans for the CSB, which had become dysfunctional (see: “Turmoil Takes a Toll on Chemical Safety Board[sitetree_link,id=9244]”). She discussed some of the issues faced by the board, whose mandate is to investigate industrial chemical accidents. She heads a board whose three other current members also joined less than a year ago. Overall, the CSB has 40 employees and an annual budget of $11 million.

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