Statement on Workers Memorial Day from U.S. Chemical Safety Board Chairperson Steve Owens


On April 28, 2023, our nation and others around the world will mark Workers’ Memorial Day. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) stands with our nation’s workforce and their families in remembering the many workers who have needlessly lost their lives, been injured on the job, or suffered from an occupational illness.

Throughout our 25-year history the CSB has been committed to increasing chemical safety and protecting communities, workers, and the environment from chemical disasters.

The CSB has advocated for improved process safety management regulations, risk management programs, and other safeguards against the serious risks presented by hazardous substances.  The CSB has also challenged regulators, standards setting organizations, and employers to make broad improvements at facilities that produce, process, handle, or store hazardous substances, including managing the hazards of reactive chemicals, adhering to the principals of inherently safer design, and preparing properly for chemical emergencies. 

No one should ever have to worry about their safety and health while at their job. The CSB is working with all our stakeholders to promote good safety practices, better training, and improved management of hazards to protect workers and prevent senseless tragedies and to achieve our vision of a nation free from chemical disasters.

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