New Chemical Security Board member says she’s able to get to work

Washington — Though nonetheless navigating the federal onboarding course of since her Dec. 13 Senate affirmation, Chemical Security Board member-in-waiting Catherine J.Okay. Sandoval spoke throughout the company’s Jan. 26 public enterprise assembly.

“The incidents that the Chemical Security Board addresses, these are sometimes lose-lose-lose-lose calamities,” Sandoval stated. “They could injure or kill staff; trigger group harms – together with damage, loss of life, property injury and lack of job alternatives; launch hazardous chemical substances into the atmosphere and into the water, air and land; and generate losses for buyers and insurers.

“The aim of stopping these losses is vital for all of us.”

No begin date for Sandoval has been decided. When her formal work begins, she’ll be a part of Chair Steve Owens and CSB member Sylvia Johnson to fill three seats on the five-member board, returning a quorum to the short-staffed company.

Addressing Sandoval in the beginning of her personal remarks, Johnson stated: “I’m assured that your contributions will show invaluable to the work forward.”

Within the interim, Owens referred to as CSB’s completion of six investigation studies during the last half of the previous 12 months an “unbelievable achievement for this company” on the heels of a 10-month stretch during which no studies had been issued. The company goals to finish its investigative backlog by the tip of the calendar 12 months, Owens stated, citing an up to date timeline posted on-line.

CSB’s web site, as of Jan. 26, confirmed that 87% of company investigations had been closed.

Owens added that CSB not too long ago accomplished an replace of its strategic plan, which had expired in 2021. He famous that earlier company management “didn’t take any motion” to take action.

The Senate confirmed Owens as CSB chair on Dec. 13. He was nominated in July by President Joe Biden.


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