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May 26, 2009

CSB Launches Redesigned Agency Website and Releases New Video

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Washington, DC, May 26, 2009 – The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today unveiled a redesigned website, www.csb.gov  that includes imbedded flash videos, a photo gallery, and a new accident news feed.
 
The redesigned home page features a newly released 14-minute video, “About the CSB,” describing the agency’s investigations, recommendations, and outreach programs. The new video includes interviews with CSB Chairman John Bresland, CSB managers and staff, and outside stakeholders together with footage of chemical accidents, investigative activities, and hearings.
 
The new website provides easier access to investigation information, including the ability to download high-resolution photos from CSB investigations, and an improved search capability. The CSB’s widely viewed safety videos and safety messages are embedded throughout the site.
 
Chairman Bresland said, “The CSB strives to be a leader in the online communication of safety information and recommendations. The web site redesign reflects our ongoing commitment to effective outreach to businesses, workers, and communities who share our goal of preventing chemical accidents and saving lives.”
 
The new www.csb.gov  homepage includes an improved news feed of recent chemical accidents throughout the country as well as direct access to the CSB’s most frequently viewed safety videos.
 
“The CSB’s new website has been an extensive undertaking,” said Public Affairs Specialist Hillary Cohen, who led the year-long redesign project. “Our objective is make access to vital safety information as easy as possible for thousands of stakeholders and web visitors.”
 
Comments or suggestions about the new site are welcome and should be directed to webmaster@csb.gov.
 
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. Visit our website, www.csb.gov.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Specialist Hillary Cohen, (202) 261-3601, cell (202) 446-8094.
 

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