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The business of chemistry helps create the products that make us safer—in our homes, at work, at play, on the road and even on the battlefield. Developed by 811,000 American workers, these innovative products continually advance with new technology to make our lives safer and more secure.

Here's a list of just a few of the products created by the business of chemistry that impact our lives on a daily basis:

  • Plastic seat belts, child safety seats and airbags save countless lives on the road.
  • LED traffic lights, reflective signage and foam filled crash drums help make us safer.
  • Medical devices, x-rays and blood bags and medicines save lives in the emergency room.
  • Cyclists, skiers, hikers, mountain climbers and other outdoor enthusiasts rely on carbon fiber-reinforced plastic gear and safety equipment, from skis and boots to goggles and ropes.
  • Lightweight body armor saves lives in law enforcement and on the battlefield.
  • Plastic encased MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) deliver food safely to our soldiers on the battlefield and then heat themselves through a chemical reaction.
Promoting Product Safety and Scientific Research

ACC and its member companies developed the Responsible Care® Product Safety Code to drive improvement in chemical product safety as part of the industry’s signature environmental, health, safety and security management system. The Product Safety Code is our industry’s public commitment to our role in the safe management of chemicals and articulates our pledge to make safety a core value in how our products are made, sold, delivered, used and disposed of.

ACC sponsors two primary scientific initiatives to enhance scientific understanding of chemical safety: the Long-Range Research Initiative (LRI), which promotes innovation in the methods and technologies used for assessing chemical safety, and the Center for Advancing Risk Assessment Science and Policy (ARASP), which focuses on advancing knowledge about how chemicals interact with the body and the relationship between chemical exposure and safety.

The Federal Safety Net

Beyond ACC’s initiatives, there are more than a dozen federal laws create a safety net to oversee the safe use of chemical products, including:

Learn more about policies that can help American chemistry continue innovating, creating jobs and enhancing safety.

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Contact: Scott Jensen, (202) 249-6511  
Email: scott_jensen@americanchemistry.com

WASHINGTON (June 19, 2015) - The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement today regarding the progress report provided by the interagency Working Group toward fulfilling their objectives under Executive Order 13650 , "Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security" :

"We commend the Working Group on their progress and for working with stakeholders to improve federal efforts to help safeguard chemical facilities. Because of their critical role to the nation's economy and their responsibility to their employees and communities, ACC and its  members remain  committed to enhancing safety and security.  

"Last year, ACC joined with other industry organizations to  advise the interagency Working Group to pursue options that would improve regulatory coordination, information sharing and emergency planning. We are glad to see that the Working Group's latest report demonstrates solid progress in these key areas and focuses on fundamental issues that the Executive Order was created to address."

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Contact: Scott Jensen, (202) 249-6511  
Email: scott_jensen@americanchemistry.com

WASHINGTON (May 1, 2015) - The Department of Transportation (DOT) released its  final rule today to upgrade tank car standards and rail operations for shipments of flammable liquids, including certain chemical shipments.

The following comment can be attributed to the American Chemistry Council (ACC) regarding the new rule:

"ACC and its  members are committed to the safe transportation of chemicals. Our members have devoted significant resources toward emergency response training and tank car safety. By working with rail carriers and the federal government, we have been able to help reduce the number of accidents and their impacts. This collective effort has involved a comprehensive approach that starts with preventing accidents and working to eliminate or reduce the consequences in the event that accidents do occur.

"We understand the urgency behind this rule and respect the effort DOT leadership and staff have put into enhancing rail safety. We recognize that DOT made several modifications to the rule to prioritize implementation of the new safety requirements, including a more realistic definition of what constitutes a high-hazard train.

"The new rule addresses several factors that will help make the transportation of flammable liquids by rail safer, including a new standard for tank cars. We are concerned that the Department's schedule for upgrading tank cars is not workable and could jeopardize the successful implementation of the rule.

"As we review the new rule in more detail, we look forward to working with the Department and other stakeholders to improve rail safety and ensure that products essential to our economy are transported without incident."

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