Tag Archives: Safety

ACC highlights commitment to consumer products and safety at Capitol Hill event

Over the past month, ACC has been rolling out its new Responsible Care® Product Safety Code. Based on existing industry best practices, the Product Safety Code goes above and beyond regulatory requirements to manage the safety of chemicals used in products. As part of our efforts to educate stakeholders about the Code and its implications, [...]

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Chemical, consumer products and safety: The Responsible Care® commitment

We all use and benefit from the products of chemistry every day – in more ways than we sometimes realize. From the batteries in our digital cameras, to airbags and child safety seats in our cars, to live-saving medical devices, chemistry is an essential part of our everyday lives and it makes possible countless innovations. [...]

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Tragic event is reminder of the importance of safety and continuous improvement

The American Chemistry Council and our members would like to express our deepest sympathies to the families impacted by the tragic event that occurred in West, Texas. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the employees of the West Fertilizer Co., the surrounding community and the emergency responders. And while this incident did not [...]

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Re: “A Toothless Law on Toxic Chemicals” in Friday’s NYT (here we go again…)

It happens so often now, maybe we should no longer be appalled at how easily misinformation can become conventional wisdom, or how easily incorrect conventional wisdom can then be treated as fact. Maybe we shouldn’t be – but we are. And you should be, too. Anyone who has read the New York Times this morning [...]

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Cybersecurity for the chemical industry: It’s all in a day’s work

There continues to be a fair amount activity around cybersecurity in our nation’s capital, and this week — dubbed “Cyber Week” the U.S. House of Representatives — will be no different, as House leaders looks to work in a proposal passed out of the House Intelligence Committee with bipartisan support. ACC would like to give [...]

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A new year, but the same unworkable Safe Chemicals Act

Capitol Hill was a busy place last week. Major issues like the federal budget, gun control and immigration were dominating the headlines. One thing many people may have missed was the introduction of the “Safe Chemicals Act of 2013” (SCA), a bill that seeks to make changes to the U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). [...]

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Re: “Think Those Chemicals Have Been Tested?” in Sunday’s NYT

ACC’s members are serious about their responsibility to produce chemistries that offer important safety, performance and durability benefits and that can be used safely. Our members undertake extensive scientific analyses to evaluate potential risk of their chemicals, from development through use and safe disposal. We work with regulators, retailers and manufacturers to provide them with information about [...]

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Endocrine disruption, risk-based decision making and transatlantic regulatory coherence

There’s an important and ongoing debate in the U.S. and the EU about chemicals that may interact with the endocrine system to cause harmful effects in wildlife or on human health. In this post, we’ll work to answer some of the key questions driving the debate: What are endocrine disruptors? What does the latest science [...]

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Philadelphia Inquirer gets it wrong on EPA’s authority under TSCA

It’s clear that there is broad agreement that it is time to update the primary law that regulates chemicals in commerce, the U.S. Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). For that to happen, we must be sure that everyone has an accurate understanding of the regulations currently in place and how federal agencies use them. Chemical [...]

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PR stunts miss the point on safety

If you read today’s USA Today, you know activists have sprung a ‘new’ campaign to stop America’s top retailers from selling hundreds – even thousands – of the products that families rely on every day, even though the chemicals contained in those products have been approved by EPA or other regulators. In some cases, the [...]

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