Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Senate Confirmation of CSB Board Members
Date: Sat, 11 Dec 2021 10:22:44 -0800
Reply-To: neal**At_Symbol_Here**CHEMICAL-SAFETY.COM
Message-ID: 007401d7eebc$17f89b70$47e9d250$**At_Symbol_Here**

CSB is in a critical situation that threatens its survival. The Agency lacks friends on the Hill and is so understaffed, as Richard points out, that it cannot meet its mission. I hope my pessimism is not correct, but the Agency cannot continue as it currently exists. Whether Lemos is able to restructure it is an open question.





Stay healthy and stay safe - Pandemic precautions are long haul!


5340 Caminito Cachorro

San Diego 92105

+1 (619) 990-4908



From: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**Princeton.EDU> On Behalf Of Richard Rosera
Sent: Saturday, December 11, 2021 2:06 AM
To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**Princeton.EDU
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Senate Confirmation of CSB Board Members


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.  From a casual perusal, it looks fine - lots of positions and reporting relationships.  But take a close look… 🔍  In addition to the known vacancies at Board level, there are vacancies at the following:

  • 10 Investigator positions vacant (note - the two new Investigators added in FY2021 are William Steiner and Samantha Barton Fullerton, but Wills Hougland left the CSB during the year)
  • The Director of Administration is vacant (previously Anna Brown in FY2020)
  • The Chief Information Officer position is vacant (previously Charlie Bryant in FY2020)
  • There is a vacancy in Communications (previously Executive Assistant Allen in FY2020)
  • In the Finance group, the Contracting Officer is shown as vacant (previously Humpfrey? in FY2020)
  • Both Tom Goonan (previously General Counsel in FY2020) and Ray Porfiri (previously Attorney Advisor in FY2020) are gone, with one Attorney-Advisor position shown as vacant; the position of General Counsel is no longer listed for FY2021


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

Rosearray EHS Services LLC

1958 Northgate Drive

Manteca, CA 95336

Phone:  908-279-4463

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



To view this message in a browser, please click here




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.








--- For more information about the DCHAS-L e-mail list, contact the Divisional membership chair at membership**At_Symbol_Here** Follow us on Twitter **At_Symbol_Here**acsdchas


--- For more information about the DCHAS-L e-mail list, contact the Divisional membership chair at membership**At_Symbol_Here** Follow us on Twitter **At_Symbol_Here**acsdchas

Previous post   |  Top of Page   |   Next post

The content of this page reflects the personal opinion(s) of the author(s) only, not the American Chemical Society, ILPI, Safety Emporium, or any other party. Use of any information on this page is at the reader's own risk. Unauthorized reproduction of these materials is prohibited. Send questions/comments about the archive to
The maintenance and hosting of the DCHAS-L archive is provided through the generous support of Safety Emporium.