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OSHA and The Dow Chemical Company Alliance
On January 13, 2003, OSHA and The Dow Chemical Company formed an Alliance to
enhance a culture of prevention while sharing process practices and technical
knowledge in the areas of process safety management, safety and health
management systems, emergency preparedness, and employee wellness programs. The
Alliance was renewed on May 26, 2004, May 12, 2006 and June 27, 2008.
Based on discussions regarding the future of the Alliance, OSHA and The Dow
Chemical Company agreed to retroactively conclude the agreement as of January
13, 2010. A number of successes resulted from OSHA and The Dow Chemical Company
working together to meet the Alliance’s goals. For example:
Report Prepared by: Morgan Seuberling, Safety and
Occupational Health Specialist, Office of Outreach Services and Alliances, March
- Through the Alliance, The Dow Chemical Company and OSHA developed five case
studies. Several of the case studies describe Dow’s approach to identifying and
implementing solution through the company use of Six Sigma Methodology.
- Through the Alliance, The Dow Chemical Company participated in the
development of OSHA’s Ammonia Refrigeration eTool. This product provides a means
to identify and control the hazards associated with the operation and
maintenance of ammonia refrigeration systems that will help protect employees'
health and safety, particularly in reducing exposure to anhydrous ammonia.
- The Dow Chemical Company help to organize and sponsor the workshop "Managing
Chemical Reactivity Hazards: A Workshop for Non-Chemists." This workshop was
presented at the Chlorine Institute’s 2005 Fall Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia on
September 26, 2005 and again at the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS)
Technical Steering Committee Meeting in Houston, Texas, on January 13, 2006.
- OSHA and The Dow Chemical Company Alliance developed a workshop, "OSHA's
Process Safety Management (PSM) Standard: The Dow Approach." This workshop
discusses the various aspects of the Process Safety Management standard,
including process safety information, process hazard analysis procedures, change
management and details how The Dow Chemical Company implements the PSM Standard
in its workplaces.