From: Richard Rosera <richardrosera**At_Symbol_Here**GMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Senate Confirmation of CSB Board Members
Date: Sat, 11 Dec 2021 02:05:55 -0800
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**Princeton.EDU>
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Both Owens and Johnson were confirmed by voice vote by the Senate.  No word about the confirmation fate of nominee Jennifer Sass so far.

A couple of weeks ago the CSB quietly posted its FY2021 Performance and Accountability Report on their website:

As in the FY2020 report, their organizational chart as of 9/30/2021 is included.  =46rom a casual perusal, it looks fine - lots of positions and reporting relationships.  But take a close look… =F0=9F"=8D  In addition to the known vacancies at Board level, there are vacancies at the following:

In addition to this, in the Recommendations group, Amanda Johnson has already left the CSB, and Dr. Lemos said at the end of the recent public meeting that Mark Kaszniak (who is also the DASHO [Designated Agency Safety and Health Official]) would be retiring.  This will leave only Recommendations Director Charles Barbee!

Of all these vacancies, only a Contract Specialist position (applications closing on 8/13/2021) is still listed on the "Career Opportunities" portion of the CSB website.  What the heck!  It sure looks to me like the CSB is flat out hemorrhaging personnel.

Best regards, Richard
Richard Rosera, BS & MS ChemE, MBA
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On Dec 10, 2021, at 10:35 AM, Ralph Stuart <ralph**At_Symbol_Here**RSTUARTCIH.ORG> wrote:

Some Very Good News for a Friday! Now there's someone leading OSHA and we're 3/5's of the way to a CSB!

- Ralph

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CSB - U.S. CHEMICAL SAFETY BOARD -- An independent federal agency investigating chemical accidents to protect workers, the public, and the environment


December 10, 2021 - Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) is pleased to acknowledge the U.S. Senate confirmation of two new CSB Board Members, Stephen Owens and Sylvia Johnson.  Chairperson Lemos looks forward to working with them to build a strong and diverse Board, adding to the skilled technical resources and community advocacy voices as we perform our valuable work.
According to Lemos, "I am proud of the team we have at the CSB, and welcome new Board Members as we rebuild the agency. Each will bring unique perspectives and knowledge to investigations and final outcomes, to the strategic direction of our agency, and in advancing our advocacy efforts."
In addition to voting on investigations and safety products, another fundamental element of our process - advocacy - is a key role performed by the Board. Each member, based on their experience, technical background, and interest, selects one or two key advocacy efforts from our Critical Drivers List (CDL) to present the CSB's perspective to our industries, communities, and regulating bodies. This dramatically improves the impact and activity around chemical plant operations with a direct effect on worker, community, and environmental safety.


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