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Trade News Release
January 5, 2006
Contact: Elaine Fraser
Phone: (202) 693-1999

ACS Added to OSHA and Chemical Reactivity Hazards Management Alliance

WASHINGTON -- Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Jonathan L. Snare today signed an addendum adding the American Chemical Society (ACS) to the Alliance between OSHA and the Chemical Reactivity Hazards Management group.

ACS will be included in the group, which consists of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; American Chemistry Council; Center for Chemical Process Safety; Chlorine Institute Inc.; Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center; National Association of Chemical Distributors; and Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association.

Originally signed on March 30, 2004, the Alliance focuses on OSHA and the organizations working together to provide those involved in the manufacture, distribution, use and storage of chemicals with information, guidance and access to training resources to protect communities' and employees' health and safety through better identification and management of chemical reactivity hazards.

"Through the addition of this very important chemical safety stakeholder, we can further reinforce the foundation of a culture of prevention in the chemical industry," said Snare.

Added Dr. William F. Carroll, ACS immediate past president: "ACS is pleased to contribute its expertise in identifying and managing chemical reactivity hazards to this important workplace safety initiative."

Alliance members are working with OSHA to provide expertise in delivering training on chemical reactivity hazards at conferences, meetings, and through OSHA's Training Institute Education Centers. OSHA and Alliance members are developing and disseminating information through both print and electronic media, including electronic assistance tools and each organization's Web sites. The Alliance participants also reviewed and provided comments during OSHA's development of its Chemical Reactivity Hazards Safety and Health Topics page.

Finally, Alliance participants continue to speak, exhibit and appear at various conferences hosted by each organization, and convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions or stakeholder meetings on chemical reactivity hazards to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace, or provide input on safety and health issues.

ACS is a self-governed individual membership organization with more than 158,000 members in all fields of chemistry, including chemists, chemical engineers and allied professionals.

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