Apr 21, 2017
Kristin Kulinowski joins us to take us through the work that she and the US Chemical Safety Board do. She clarifies the two biggest misconceptions of the Board- they in fact do not have a large budget…and that they are not a regulatory agency. The mandate of the CSB is to investigate every chemical incident of significance at a fixed facility that releases a hazardous substance into the ambient air across the united states. Whereas OCEA or the EPA investigate if there’s a compliance issue, the CSB is there to understand the systems and to get an all cause analysis of why the incident occurred. Realizing that she wasn’t meant to be in a lab, she made her way into policy and eventually a presidential appointment to the CSB.