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ACC/OSHA alliance aims to keep workers Safe + Sound

ACC is excited to highlight our commitment to worker health and safety initiatives by promoting Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)’s Safe + Sound Week August 13-19, 2018. Safe + Sound Week is “a nationwide event to raise awareness and understanding of the value of safety and health programs that include management leadership, worker participation and a systematic approach to finding and fixing hazards in workplaces.”

As you may know, late last year, ACC signed an agreement with OSHA to form a National Alliance. The whole idea behind this alliance is to continue to foster safe and healthful American workplaces operating with diisocyanate chemicals along the polyurethane value chain.

Three groups here at ACC will lead the work with OSHA: the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI), Diisocyanates (DII) and Aliphatic Diisocyanates (ADI) panels.

For Safe + Sound Week, OSHA is encouraging organizations of all sizes to participate and “show their commitment to safety to workers, customers, the public [and] supply chain partners.” We think our partnership with OSHA on the National Alliance fits exactly in the Safe + Sound Week mold.

ACC is pleased to take this opportunity to continue educating stakeholders in the polyurethanes value chain. While worker safety is always a priority for ACC members across the industry, the event provides opportunity to reinforce key messages and provide new information. We want safety guidelines, training procedures and all resources to reflect the most current understanding of diisocyanate science.

The first tool has already been developed and is available online. The ADI panel, through the Alliance, recently released an infographic to educate users on personal protective equipment in automotive refinish coating applications. It has already been featured in various trade magazines and newsletters. More tools will follow throughout the two-year course of the Alliance.

By collaborating with OSHA, we are able to reach new audiences, allowing us to expand our messaging. The more people who are made aware of and understand sound safety principles, the better off all workers are.

Working through this Alliance with OSHA, ACC is able to provide members, occupational physicians, stakeholders and others with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them protect the health and safety of workers.

CPIADI and DII all have substantial resource libraries with sources of information about safety and product stewardship, including guidance materials on general polyurethane product safety, worker protection, waste disposal, transportation guidelines, industrial hygiene and regulatory compliance.

For more information on the Alliance, you can visit the ACC site or the OSHA Alliance site.

For more information on Safe + Sound Week, check out the OSHA website.

American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®; common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues; and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $486 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is among the largest exporters in the nation, accounting for ten percent of all U.S. goods exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation’s critical infrastructure.

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