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ACC Announces Working Alliance with OSHA

CPI, DII and ADI panels to lead the partnership for ACC

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Jennifer Garfinkel
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WASHINGTON (Sept. 14, 2017) – The American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today announced a new Alliance designed to foster safer and more healthful American workplaces operating with diisocyanate chemicals along the polyurethane value chain. Three groups from ACC will lead the work with OSHA: the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI), Diisocyanates (DII) and Aliphatic Diisocyanates (ADI) panels.

The Alliance has three primary goals: raising awareness of OSHA’s rulemaking and enforcement initiatives, conducting training to educate employers, workers and OSHA officials on safety issues, and developing effective outreach and communication efforts to increase the visibility of the partnership and its goals. 

“We’re thrilled to be working with OSHA on making American workplaces even safer, which has always been a top priority for CPI and ACC as a whole,” said Lee Salamone, senior director of CPI. “Our partnership with OSHA will build on our strong foundation of product stewardship and outreach and will help us identify additional areas of emphasis so we can better target our activities.”

According to the agreement, the Alliance partnership aims to provide members, occupational physicians, stakeholders and others in the polyurethanes value chain with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help them further protect the health and safety of workers.

“The chemical industry is committed to safety and this partnership supports our continuing efforts to enhance worker protection,” said Sahar Osman-Sypher, director of DII and ADI. “The partnership will work toward further educating workers and employers on how to use diisocyanates safely in their everyday working environment.”

The agreement, which was signed on Sept. 13, provides the framework for the two organizations to work together toward the previously mentioned common goals. The agreement also stipulates a timeframe of two years – through September 2019 – for the Alliance.

For more information about diisocyanates and polyurethanes, please visit CPI’s website, which hosts an extensive resource library. The DII panel page and the ADI panel page each contain a wide range of resources, including a video that showcases how daily products are made better with diisocyanates and an infographic about the decrease in diisocyanates-related asthma cases. 

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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