Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2008 17:40:31 -0400
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Subject: CSB Receives American Chemical Society's Howard Fawcett Award

This is the press announcement of  one of the three divisional awards  
being given today. The other two are the Tillmans-Skolnick Award to  
Stefan Wawzyniecki, and the College and University Health and Safety  
Award to the University of Connecticut.

Congratulations to all of the honorees.

- Ralph

The following message is from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board,  
Washington DC

CSB Receives American Chemical Society's Howard Fawcett Award for  
Outstanding Contributions to Chemical Health and Safety

Washington, DC, August 18, 2008 - The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB)  
has been named as the 2008 recipient of the American Chemical  
Society's Howard Fawcett Award, honoring 'outstanding contributions in  
the field of chemical health and safety,' marking the first time the  
25-year-old award has been presented to an entire organization.

CSB Chairman John Bresland will accept the award tonight on behalf of  
the agency at the society's national meeting in Philadelphia.

'All of us at the CSB are honored to receive this prestigious award,  
recognizing our more than 10 years of work to improve the safety of  
American workplaces and communities,' said CSB Chairman John  
Bresland.  'I thank the members of the American Chemical Society for  
their longstanding support of our mission to save lives by  
investigating and preventing chemical disasters.'

Founded in 1876, the American Chemical Society (ACS) is the world's  
largest scientific society, with more than 160,000 members, including  
chemists, chemical engineers, and other technical professionals from  
around the globe.  The Fawcett award is presented annually by the  
ACS's Chemical Health and Safety Division.

According to the nomination statement for the award, 'The CSB has  
developed a number of innovative tools to communicate the results of  
its investigations to the public, government, industry, and academia.   
The [computer] animations which explain in detail how a specific  
incident occurred are particularly noteworthy. The CSB is providing  
strong leadership to industry and to other agencies aimed at improving  
safety performance through aggressive safety management systems.'
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,

For more information, contact Director of Public Affairs Dr. Daniel  
Horowitz, 202-261-7613, cell 202-441-6074.

This message was transmitted at 12:16 PM Eastern Time (U.S.A.) on  
August 18, 2008.


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