PHCM's Beth Rosenberg to Serve on US Chemical Safety Board

Beth Rosenberg, MPH, ScD, was nominated by President Obama to serve as a board member of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board and confirmed by the U. S. Senate on January 1, 2013.

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) is an independent federal agency that investigates all aspects of industrial chemical accidents, including physical causes such as equipment failure as well as inadequacies in safety management systems. CSB 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.

Beth has been on the faculty in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine for 15 years, where her research in occupational and environmental health has focused on addressing safety problems in production systems and finding ways to produce goods and services without harming workers, the public, and the environment.

She investigated a successful silica control program at the turn of the last century in the Vermont granite industry and applied lessons to silica control today. Under her leadership, silica was added to the list of hazardous substances regulated under the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA). Beth subsequently served for six years on the TURA Science Advisory Board. She has also researched hazards in the sugar industry in the U.S. and Trinidad, researched health and safety systems and conditions in former DOE nuclear weapons production and storage sites, and looked at the effects of corporate social responsibility programs on worker safety in garment and shoe factories in China and Vietnam. 

Beth’s five-year term on CSB will begin immediately with her participation in an upcoming public meeting in Washington, D.C. about an investigation into an explosion that killed five workers at a fireworks storage facility in 2011.