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ACC OSHA Alliance Highlights Commitment to Keeping Workers Safe During “Safe and Sound Week”

ACC is excited to highlight our commitment to workplace safety by promoting the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)’s Safe + Sound Week during August 12-18, 2019. Safe + Sound Week is “a nationwide event held each August that recognizes the successes of workplace health and safety programs.”

The official OSHA website on Safe + Sound Week offers information and ideas on how to keep workers safe. ACC encourages employers and workers to focus on health and safety programs through OSHA’s three core elements- management leadership, worker participation and finding and fixing hazards. Some examples include:

  • When management leadership is sincere and is supported by actions, workers know that safety and health are important to success. Top management can demonstrate its commitment to safety through leading by example, practicing safe behaviors and having safety be a topic of daily conversations.
  • Workers can participate in establishing successful health and safety programs in many ways, including documenting safe work practices and conducting site inspections and incident investigations. When workers are involved in finding new methods for safety, they feel invested in the program.
  • Workplaces are always evolving as new technologies, processes, materials, and workers are introduced. Taking a proactive approach in finding and fixing hazards help businesses stay on top of emerging hazards that could lead to injury or illness.

For more information on Safe + Sound Week, and to download helpful resources to make your workplaces safe and sound, check out the OSHA website.

Industry is Committed to Being Safe and Sound!

ACC is committed to promoting a healthy, safe and sound workplace. ACC has formed a voluntary Alliance with OSHA to provide members, occupational physicians, stakeholders, and others operating with diisocyanate chemicals along the polyurethanes value chain with information, guidance, and access to training resources that will help them further protect the health and safety of workers. Three groups from ACC are leading the work with OSHA: Center for the Polyurethane Industry (CPI), Diisocyanates Panel (DII) and the Aliphatic Diisocyanates Panels (ADI).  Together, we’re committed to continuing to foster safe and more healthful American workplaces.  To learn more about this Alliance, click here.

In addition, CPI, ADI and DII all have substantial resource libraries with sources of information about safety and product stewardship, including guidance materials on general polyurethane product safety, worker protection, waste disposal, transportation guidelines, industrial hygiene and regulatory compliance.

ACC is Taking Over Twitter!

In honor of the ACC OSHA Alliance, we are taking over Twitter for #SafeandSoundWeek August 12-18! We want to recognize #workplacehealth & safety programs designed by @OSHA_DOL and will be sharing information and ideas on how to keep America’s #workers safe. Make sure to check us out on Twitter @AmChemistry and follow #SafeandSoundatWork!

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