February 5, 2008 | Mark Paradies

Chemical Safety Board Requests Over $10 Million for Investigations – What is Your Budget???

In a recent press release, the CSB announced that they are requesting $10,600,000 for FY 2009. That’s a $1,637,000 increase (17.7%).

The press release says that the increase is to be used to sponsor more investigations (done by more people) and more safety videos.

This request comes as the CSB this year completed it’s most expensive investigation – the BP Texas City Refinery Explosion. That investigation took almost 3 years and cost over $2.6 million dollars to complete.

Seeing such big numbers may make you think …

How much have we budgeted for personnel, consulting help,
training, and software for investigations?

You might not work with government budgets, but you may want to think about budgeting for investigation needs.

For TapRooT® Users, here are some items to remember to budget for:

1. Training (see 2-Day, 3-Day, and 5-Day Public Course or call 865-539-2139 for an on-site TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Course quote)

2. Summit attendance (and don’t forget the pre-Summit courses) and travel

3. Investigation assistance (help with difficult investigations)

4. Software (license, maintenance fee, individual user license)

5. People (don’t plan to perform investigations in your spare time)

If you aren’t doing 2009 budgets yet, put these ideas away until later in the year. Then be prepared to ask for what you need to make your reactive improvement program (incident and accident investigations based on root cause analysis) work.

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