Workplace Safety

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.

Workplace Safety

ACC recommends improvements to new OHSA resources intended to help protect workers.

An Impressive Safety Record

Companies participating in Responsible Care:

  • Have a worker safety rate five times better than the U.S. manufacturing sector as a whole, and almost three times better than the business of chemistry overall.

  • Have decreased distribution incidents by 58 percent since 1995.

  • Averaged less than one OSHA recordable injury or illness per 100 employees from 2009 through 2012.

  • Improved their recordable safety rate by 12 percent between 2011 and 2012.

  • Reduced their recordable injury and illness incidence rates by 79 percent since 1990, making significant progress toward the goal of no accidents, injuries or harm to human health.

  • Since 1995, the number of distribution incidents among member companies has declined by 58 percent.

  • Operate about 2,000 facilities nationwide and reported 225 process safety incidents in 2012. More than half of ACC members had no process safety incidents in 2012. In addition, of the reported 225 incidences in 2012, only three percent of incidents warranted a Severity Level of 1, according to ACC’s Severity Rating Index.

Continuous Improvement

These improvements continue uninterrupted, reflecting a deep-rooted culture that values the safety of people, products and processes. The U.S. chemical industry invests more than $16 billion annually in environmental, health, safety and security programs.. 

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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