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Trade News Release
November 14, 2005
Contact: Frank Meilinger
Phone: (202) 693-1999


OSHA Establishes Alliance with the American Chemistry Council

WASHINGTON -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today formed an Alliance with the American Chemistry Council that aims to promote high levels of safety and health performance and improved dialogue through OSHA's Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) and the ACC's Responsible Care initiative.

"VPP sites improve worker safety and health and save millions of dollars each year because their injury and illness rates are more than 50 percent below the averages for their industries," said Jonathan L. Snare, Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA. "We are excited about the potential this Alliance brings to greatly expand participation in the programs and markedly improve workplace safety and health across the country."

"Through this partnership, ACC and OSHA share an exciting opportunity to further our common commitment to workplace health and safety," said ACC President and CEO Jack Gerard. "ACC members already have achieved a worker safety record that's four and a half times better than the average of U.S. manufacturing companies and twice as safe as the business of chemistry overall. We expect the efficiencies gained in this partnership to result in continued improvement in health and safety performance and cost savings among our members and Responsible Care Partners."

Through the Alliance, OSHA and the ACC will develop training and education programs for participants in Responsible Care and VPP that focus on the two programs and provide expertise in communicating the information among OSHA personnel, ACC members and Responsible Care Partners, and other industry safety and health professionals.

The Alliance members will develop training and education programs for VPP evaluators (including VPP Regional staff) and Responsible Care auditors, and provide expertise in developing ways of communicating the information. The organizations will participate in forums, round table discussions, and stakeholder meetings.

VPP is OSHA's premier cooperative program through which the agency recognizes the outstanding efforts of employers and employees who have achieved exemplary occupational safety and health programs.

Founded in 1872, the ACC is an association of companies dedicated to chemistry that represents and provides services to its members. Responsible Care is ACC's signature environmental, health, safety, and security performance improvement initiative.

A team of OSHA and ACC representatives will meet at least three times a year to develop an action plan, determine working procedures, and identify the roles and responsibilities of the participants. OSHA will also encourage state plan states and consultation projects to participate in the Alliance.

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 process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.


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