Workplace safety is a top priority for the American Chemistry Council (ACC), and that’s why we are excited to participate again in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Safe + Sound Week, August 10-16, 2020. Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event held each August to recognize the successes of workplace health and safety programs.
OSHA’s official Safe + Sound Week website offers information, guidance, and resources on how to keep workers safe at the workplace. ACC encourages employers and employees to focus on health and safety programs through OSHA’s three core elements: management leadership, worker participation, and finding and fixing hazards.
In these uncertain times, ACC and OSHA are working tirelessly to help keep employees safe and informed during the COVID-19 pandemic. ACC’s Coronavirus Resource Center provides employers and employees with industry specific, state and federal resources to help industry navigate through the COVID-19 outbreak. Additionally, OSHA’s COVID-19 webpage provides news and updates, guidance, standards, and resources to help employees stay safe at work.
In addition, through the chemical industry’s Responsible Care® initiative, ACC member companies report their progress on a variety of process safety-related performance measures each year, and ACC makes this information available to the public. Responsible Care companies have a long record of worker safety gains that far outstrip the U.S. manufacturing sector as a whole – five times better, on average – and almost three times better than the U.S. business of chemistry overall.
Industry is Leading the Way
Since signing their Alliance in 2017, ACC and OSHA have partnered to create resources that promote a safe working environment. ACC’s OSHA Alliance is led by three groups: the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI), the Diisocyanates Panel (DII), and the Aliphatic Diisocyanates Panel (ADI). The Alliance provides members, occupational physicians, stakeholders, and the polyurethanes value chain with information, guidance, and access to training resources related to diisocyanates. ACC also has a variety of additional resources and training programs that aim to protect the health and safety of workers using diisocyanate chemicals and working within the polyurethanes value chain. These resources include:
Follow Along on Twitter!
Join us on Twitter for Safe + Sound Week, August 10-16, where we will be highlighting workplace health and safety programs designed by @OSHA_DOL and sharing information and ideas on how to help keep America’s workers safe. Make sure to follow along on Twitter (@AmChemistry) and follow #SafeandSoundatWork!
ACC recognizes the importance of workplace health and safety programs every day. Implementing such programs is central to proactively identifying and mitigating hazards before they lead to potential illness or injury. Safe + Sound Week provides you and your organization with the resources and tools needed to enhance your workplace health and safety programs and continue to create a safe workplace!