From: ILPI Support <info**At_Symbol_Here**ILPI.COM>
Subject: [DCHAS-L] Chemical Safety Board testimonials or case studies
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:21:15 -0400
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU>
I am interesting in hearing how anyone on the list has SPECIFICALLY implemented a new process/regime, averted a hazard, or otherwise benefitted from the work of the Chemical Safety Board (CSB). And If you have any metric which quantifies how this saved time, injuries, lives or money that's an added bonus.
As presumably everyone on the list has heard, the CSB is slated for elimination under the Trump administration's proposed budget framework. The CSB is a non-regulatory agency with a very modest budget ($11 million or so) with no enforcement power, and serves as an honest broker in investigating root causes of major or unusual accidents. These investigations provide data that not prevents injuries, deaths, and property loss. Which means that it saves industry money. A lot of money when you factor in potential liability and insurance costs.
I believe that those behind the proposed cut do not grasp these aspects of the CSB and why it is worth keeping. It will take powerful results/outcomes to change their minds. This means we also need an emphasis on industry outcomes, alas, because we are battling the "overregulation" mindset, but reports from academia are, of course, very welcome.
Please reply to the list. If you have something to share but don't want to attach your name to it, send it to me personally and I can anonymize it for sharing.
Thanks for your help
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