September 5, 2006 | Mark Paradies

CSB Releases Strategic Plan Draft for Public Comment

The Chemical Safety Board has released their plan for the future of the agency. They are requesting public comment by September 29, 2006. All comments should be sent to

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An excerpt from the plan follows:

Over the next six years, the CSB will diligently implement this Strategic Plan and will continue its vigorous efforts to protect workers, the public, and the environment from chemical accidents. The agency will develop Annual Performance Plans that include yearly targets on the road to implementing the five strategic goals. Each annual plan will have specific personnel and groups assigned to complete each action item, and the Board and senior staff will monitor overall progress. The CSB reports regularly on its activities to Congressional committees, members, and staff; the Office of Management and Budget (OMB); and the public.

The CSB Strategic Plan contains the following sections:

• Legislative mandate

• Elements of plan

• Key factors affecting goal achievement

• Relationships with other bureaus and agencies

• Program evaluations

• Consultations used to develop the plan

The CSB uses the Strategic Plan as a guide in setting priorities, allocating resources, and making day- to-day decisions. The plan is regularly examined and is updated every three years.

The plan’s 5 strategic goals are:

1. Select and complete accident investigations that recommend actions with a high potential for protecting workers, the public and the environment.

2. Select and complete safety studies that recommend actions with a high potential for protecting workers, the public, and the environment.

3. Broadly disseminate the findings, lessons, and recommendations from CSB investigations and studies.

4. Achieve implementation of CSB safety recommendations.

5. Maximize CSB’s effectiveness by strengthening human capital and infrastructure.

For details from the plan, see the link above.

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