August 21, 2008 | Mark Paradies

US Chemical Safety Board Hiring Investigators with Root Cause Analysis Experience for Office in Denver, Colorado

The following press release is from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, Washington DC

CSB Seeks to Expand Investigative Capacity by Recruiting Chemical Incident Investigators in Denver, Colorado

Washington, DC, August 21, 2008 – The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) has announced that it is seeking to recruit new chemical incident investigators to work in Denver, Colorado, in an effort to establish the agency’s first regional presence outside of Washington, DC.

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 September 4, 2008, to be considered.  For specific information on the requirements for the positions and application procedures, please visit the Career Opportunities section 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.

The Board does not issue citations or fines but does make safety recommendations to plants, industry organizations, labor groups, and regulatory agencies such as OSHA and EPA.

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