Consumer & Product Safety

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 544,000 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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