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(American Chemistry Council signed November 14, 2005; concluded November 14, 2008)


(seated L-R) OSHAs then-Acting Assistant Secretary, Jonathan L. Snare and Jack Gerard, President and CEO of ACC and representatives from OSHA and ACC after the national Alliance signing November 14, 2005.
(seated L-R) OSHA's then-Acting Assistant Secretary, Jonathan L. Snare and Jack Gerard, President and CEO of ACC and representatives from OSHA and ACC after the national Alliance signing November 14, 2005.

Through the Alliance, OSHA and the ACC will work together to provide OSHA, the ACC's members and Responsible Care partners, and others with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them protect employees' health and safety, particularly through matters of mutual interest in promoting high levels of safety and health performance and improved dialogue through the OSHA Voluntary Protection Programs and ACC's Responsible Care Initiative. The Alliance's goals include:

Training and education:

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise to develop training and education programs for participants in Responsible Care and VPP, regarding the similarities and differences in the two programs and to provide expertise in communicating such information to individuals interested in applying for either program.

Outreach and communication:

  • Work with OSHA to provide expertise in developing information which will continue to promote the goals of this Alliance.
  • Share information among OSHA personnel, ACC members and Responsible Care Partners, and other industry safety and health professionals regarding VPP and ACC's Responsible Care best practices.

Promoting the national dialogue on workplace safety and health:

  • Develop means to publicize the results achieved by companies that are joint participants in Responsible Care and VPP.

Related Documents



Alliance Agreements

Alliance Annual Reports

Alliance News Releases


Activities and Events


  • August 27-30, 2007: Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association, 23rd Annual National VPPPA Conference, Washington, DC.
    • August 28, 2007: Laura Seeman, Team Leader, Office of State Programs, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, USDOL-OSHA, will participate in a workshop "Understanding the OSHA VPP/ACC Responsible Care Alliance."
  • August 15, 2007: Academy of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers 2007 National Conference, Arlington, Virginia. Cathy Olivier, Director, Office of Partnerships and Recognition, Directorate of Cooperative and State Programs, USDOL-OSHA, participated in a Environmental Health & Safety Management Systems Panel "What Value Will They Bring to Your Organization?"
  • June 8, 2006: 2006 Texas Chemical Council/Association of Chemical Industries of Texas Environmental Health & Safety Seminar, Galveston, Texas. Kevin Rockwell, VPP Coordinator, Region VI, Houston South, Texas Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, was a speaker for the session, "The Regulators' Views on Responsible Care Management System: Will RCMS or RC14001 Get You Anything from OSHA and TCEQ."
  • May 8, 2006: 2006 Responsible Care Conference, Miami, Florida. Ramona Morris, Assistant Area Director, Region IV, Fort Lauderdale, Florida Area Office, USDOL-OSHA, staffed the OSHA and ACC Alliance poster display.

Products and Resources


Additional Resources

  • Gap Analysis Worksheet for Facilities Currently RCMS, but Seeking VPP. Through the OSHA and American Chemistry Council (ACC) Alliance, ACC developed "Gap Analysis Worksheet for Facilities Currently RCMS, but Seeking VPP. "The Worksheet is a tool for worksites that currently have Responsible Care Management System (RCMS) certification and are seeking OSHAs Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) certification. (2005, December)
  • Gap Analysis Worksheet for Facilities Currently Participating in VPP, but seeking RCMS. Through the OSHA and American Chemistry Council (ACC) Alliance, the ACC developed "Gap Analysis Worksheet for Facilities Currently Participating in VPP, but seeking RCMS. "The Worksheet is a tool for worksites that currently participate in OSHAs Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) certification and are seeking Responsible Care Management System (RCMS) certification. (2005, December)
  • Overview of the ACC Responsible Care®/OSHA Voluntary Protection Programs Alliance. Through the OSHA and American Chemistry Council (ACC) Alliance, ACC developed "Overview of the ACC Responsible Care®/OSHA Voluntary Protection Programs Alliance. "The Overview provides information on the collaborative relationship between OSHA and ACC in fostering safer and more healthful work environments. (2005, December)
  • ACC Responsible Care®/OSHA VPP Alliance Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Through the OSHA and American Chemistry Council (ACC) Alliance, ACC developed "ACC Responsible Care®/OSHA VPP Alliance Frequently Asked Questions. "The document provides information regarding ACC’s Responsible Care Management Systems (RCMS) and OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP). (2005, December)

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