December 22, 2008 | Mark Paradies

Job Opening: CSB Still Needs to Hire Accident Investigators with Root Cause Analysis Experience to Staff Their Denver Office

Here’s the message from the US Chemical Safety Board:

CSB Continues Effort to Recruit Investigators in Denver, Colorado

Washington, DC, December 22, 2008 – The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is continuing to recruit new chemical incident investigators to work in Denver, Colorado, in an effort to establish the agency’s first regional office outside of Washington, DC.

The new office will be located at the federal center in Lakewood, just west of Denver.

The agency has announced multiple vacancies for investigators in Denver, ranging from the GS-11 to GS-14 grade levels. The investigators are expected to form the core of a new investigative team based in Denver that will deploy to accident sites primarily in the Western and Midwestern U.S. The team will be headed by CSB Supervisory Investigator Don Holmstrom, who led the Board’s investigation of the BP Texas City refinery explosion from 2005-2007, as well as numerous other significant investigations.

‘Establishing a presence in the western states potentially will allow the CSB to recruit more effectively, to deploy investigators more quickly to accident sites, and to maintain important contacts with stakeholders throughout the country,’ said CSB Chairman John Bresland. ‘Expanding into other locations will help us grow our capacity to investigate more of the serious chemical accidents that occur each year across the U.S.’

Applications for the vacant positions must be received by Friday, January 16, 2009, to be considered.  Individuals who applied to a previous vacancy announcement from August 2008 and who remain interested in the positions should reapply under the current announcement.  For specific information on the requirements for the positions and application procedures, please visit the Career Opportunities section at or the federal government’s employment site at

The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating industrial chemical accidents. The agency’s board members are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. CSB investigations look into all aspects of chemical accidents, including physical causes such as equipment failure as well as inadequacies in regulations, industry standards, and safety management systems.

Here’s the link to the posting on the CSB’s web site:

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