Dr. Beth Rosenberg Confirmed as New CSB Board Member

January 4, 2013

Washington, D.C., January 4, 2013 - Dr. Beth J. Rosenberg has been confirmed by the U. S. Senate as a board member of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) on the first day of 2013, the agency announced today; Dr. Rosenberg fills one of three current vacancies on the Board.

The new board member was nominated by President Obama on September 20, 2012 and confirmed by the full Senate on January 1, 2013. Dr. Rosenberg said, “I’m looking forward to my new role as board member at the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, this is an exciting opportunity to promote workplace safety. I anticipate excellent working relationships with the current board and staff, as well as other agencies.” Dr. Rosenberg has been on the faculty of the Public Health Program at Tufts University School of Medicine for 15 years.

She served on the Science Advisory Board of the Toxics Use Reduction Institute for 6 years. One of her major interests has been designing sustainable production systems that don't harm workers or the environment. Her research involves looking at the social obstacles to sustainable production systems and figuring out ways to overcome them

. Dr. Rosenberg has a master’s in public health from Boston University and a Sc.D. in Work Environment Policy from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso said, “Dr. Rosenberg’s background and deep dedication to workplace safety will serve as an invaluable resource for the board as we enter a time of change and opportunity.”

The new appointee will participate in the CSB’s upcoming public meeting on January 17, 2013 in Washington, D.C. to release its investigation into the April 8, 2011, explosion and fire that killed five workers at a storage facility used by Donaldson Enterprises (DEI) near Honolulu, Hawaii. 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 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. Please visit our website, www.CSB.gov.

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