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President Trump’s budget proposal would cut funding entirely for the Chemical Safety Board (CSB), effectively eliminating the office which issues no penalties or citations but does root out the causes of industrial accidents and provide guidance to employers. CSB had a 2016 budget of $11 million. In a statement to Insurance Journal, board Chairman Vanessa Allen Sutherland said that she was disappointed with the Trump budget – which is not policy, but informs Congress of the Executive Branch’s priorities. “Our investigations and recommendations have had an enormous effect on improving public safety,” she said. The CSB was criticized by a government report in 2014 because of a “toxic” work environment that was causing staff attrition. The Chairman has been replaced since that time, as well as some of the Board employees.

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