The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board or CSB is a federal agency in charge of investigating industrial chemical accidents. The mission of the CSB, according to the government’s CSB website is to utilize independent investigations to initiate chemical safety change to protect workers and the environment.
Often, the CSB offers safety recommendations in response to chemical fires and explosions. If a business receives a recommendation, does the business have to follow it?
What are recommendations?
Recommendations are suggestions that the CSB issues to varying parties to prevent future accidents. They investigate and then conclude with a recommendation, according to the CSB. Those who receive recommendation may be those in the state, local or federal level. They may recommend safety measures to legislative bodies, establishments, equipment manufacturers, emergency response organizations and more. The very point of these recommendations is to lead to safety improvements. All industries that may work with chemicals or other hazards are subject to evaluations from the CSB.
Do recipients have to follow recommendations?
If a recipient receives a recommendation, it is not mandatory. However, it is unwise not to follow through with the recommendation. Most institutions understand the importance and effectiveness of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board. Additionally, if the board makes a recommendation to someone who can regulate or mandate change in an industry, then the industry will have to follow through.
If a recipient earns a recommendation, then the staff will evaluate any response. A recommendation is open until there is an appropriate response and action. If there is no action, then the recommendation remains open.