The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB), an independent government agency named by the President and confirmed by the Senate, seeks to improve chemical safety by investigating serious incidents. The CSB does not issue citations or fines. It works by making recommendations to the industry, to trade and labor groups, and to other government agencies. On October 20, 2016, the CSB released its 2017-2021 Strategic Plan, which is available on its website, www.csb.gov.
The strategic plan has three goals which were developed with the input of other government agencies, industry, labor, and other non-government organizations. The goals seek to avoid repeating the sorts of incidents which have occurred in the past, and also to proactively create changes in manufacturing and handling practices that will protect workers, the general population, and the environment from chemical disasters. The goals are supported by specific objectives and performance metrics.
The Strategic Plan for the coming four years also includes an updated mission statement and vision. The mission statement of the CSB is to “Drive chemical safety change through independent investigations to protect people and the environment.” The vision is “A nation safe from chemical disasters.”
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