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OSHA Trade Release
March 30, 2004
Contact: Bill Wright
Alliance to Focus on Identification and Management of Chemical Reactivity Hazards
WASHINGTON -- Managing chemical reactivity hazards in the workplace received a major boost today when the Environmental Protection Agency and six organizations involved in the chemical industry signed an Alliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Joining OSHA and EPA in the Alliance are the American Chemistry Council, the American Institute for Chemical Engineers' Center for Chemical Process Safety, the Chlorine Institute, Inc., the Mary Kay O'Connor Center for Chemical Process Safety, the National Association of Chemical Distributors, and the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association.
"Last October we announced new resources on chemical reactivity safety on our website," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw, "and we said we were going to work with chemical safety stakeholders throughout the nation to protect workers in the industry. Today's Alliance with this esteemed group of professionals is an example of how we are strengthening the foundation of a culture of prevention in the chemical industry."
"This Alliance signifies the very best of what can happen when industry and government use their creativity and unite in order to achieve a common objective," added Gregori Lebedev, President and CEO of the American Chemistry Council, speaking for the group. "There is simply nothing more important that we can do than take steps that result in saving human lives. That is exactly what this Alliance will work to achieve -- reducing and managing the risks to human life posted by chemicals and their potential reactivity."
The Alliance's goal is to offer a means for the group to provide information, guidance and access to training resources to their members, customers, contacts and others involved in the manufacture, distribution, use and storage of chemicals. Together, each organization will strive to provide chemical reactivity hazards management information, methods and tools to a variety of audiences while, at the same time, gain experience in the use of methods and tools to continuously improve identification and management of the hazards.
Alliance members will work with OSHA to provide expertise to deliver training addressing chemical reactivity hazards to be delivered in conferences, meetings, and through OSHA's Training Institute Education Centers. OSHA and Alliance members will develop and disseminate information through both print and electronic media and from each organization's respective websites, including electronic assistance tools. For example, participants will disseminate and raise awareness of the Center for Chemical Process Safety's (CCPS) publication Essential Practices for Managing Chemical Reactivity Hazards.
The Alliance also calls for the participants to speak, exhibit or appear at various conferences hosted by each organization and to convene or participate in forums, roundtable discussions, or stakeholder meetings on chemical reactivity hazards to help forge innovative solutions in the workplace or to provide input on safety and health issues.
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