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OSHA Trade Release
Date: Dec. 9, 2004
Contact: Bill Wright
Phone: (202) 693-1999


OSHA Debuts Safety and Health Page on Chemical Reactivity Hazards
New Page Product of Alliances with Dow Chemical, EPA and Six Chemical Organizations

WASHINGTON -- Workers and employers involved in the manufacture, distribution, use and storage of chemicals will benefit from a new web page -- Chemical Reactivity Hazards -- unveiled today by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The page is a product of two national Alliances with OSHA: the Dow Chemical Company and the Reactives Alliance (consisting of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and six organizations involved in the chemical industry).(*)

"This new page is a continuation of the many new resources and initiatives we're undertaking to address the hazards associated with reactive chemicals," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "The cooperative relationships we've established with chemical safety stakeholders throughout the nation are reaping benefits, and this Safety and Health Topics page is a prime example of how the Alliance Program can leverage resources to assure proper handling of reactive chemicals. Dow Chemical and the organizations within the Reactives Alliance are helping us develop best practices and effectively communicate these practices so incidents involving reactive chemicals don't occur."

Chemical reactivity is key to the chemical manufacturing industry. Still, such reactions do present serious and oftentimes catastrophic results to workers and process equipment when the hazard is not thoroughly understood and controlled. The purpose of the Chemical Reactivity Hazards page is to provide relevant information to employers and workers in order to ensure safe chemical operations.

The page addresses particular standards that apply to the industry, including those from OSHA, EPA, the Department of Transportation and more. Detailed sections are offered that describe hazard recognition and incident investigation reports. Other sections describe hazard evaluation, control and prevention, and training. References to other sources of information are also a click away. In addition, the page also offers a quick link to free on-line access to the publication "Essential Practices for Managing Chemical Reactivity Hazards," produced by the Center for Chemical Process Safety of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's workers by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach, and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.


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* The Reactives Alliance consists of the Environmental Protection Agency, the American Chemistry Council, the Center for Chemical Process Safety, the Chlorine Institute, Inc., the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center, the National Association of Chemical Distributors, and the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association
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