ACC member companies are rightfully proud of an impressive workplace safety record. Under Responsible Care®, ACC’s initiative to improve environmental, health, safety and security performance, member companies have recorded remarkable safety improvements over the past two decades. In fact, workers in the chemistry business are safer than workers in agriculture, retail, food stores and general merchandising business sectors.
An Impressive Safety Record
Companies participating in Responsible Care:
Are more than four times safer than the average of the U.S. manufacturing sector as a whole, and more than twice as safe as the business of chemistry overall.
Have reduced process safety incidents by 47 percent over the past 17 years.
In 2009, 2010 and continuing through 2011, averaged less than one OSHA recordable injury or illness per 100 employees.
Improved their recordable safety rate by nine percent between 2010 and 2011.
Reduced their recordable injury and illness incidence rates by 76 percent since 1990, making significant progress toward the goal of no accidents, injuries or harm to human health.
Since 2000, the number of distribution incidents among member companies has declined by 56 percent, while the volume of chemicals shipped only decreased by 25 percent for the business of chemistry overall.
Operate 1,550 facilities nationwide and reported 281 process safety incidents in 2011. More than half of ACC members had no process safety incidents in 2011. In addition, of the reported 281 incidences in 2011, only five percent of incidents warranted a Severity Level of 1, according to ACC’s Severity Rating Index. .
These improvements continue uninterrupted, reflecting a deep-rooted culture that values the safety of people, products and processes. The business of chemistry invests more than $2 billion each year to improve worker health and safety.
ACC companies and others that participate in Responsible Care continuously strive to make the business of chemistry even safer for employees and communities by investigating significant safety incidents, mitigating any adverse impacts, identifying the root causes and taking corrective and preventive actions.
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