Safety

ACC member companies are committed to the safety of their workers, the safety of their products and processes, and the health and safety of the communities in which they operate.

Through Responsible Care®, ACC member companies report on their process in meeting the following safety-related performance measures:

Worker Safety
Transportation Safety
Process Safety
Product Safety

Worker Safety

Worker safety is a top priority in the chemical industry. Responsible Care companies have an employee safety record that is five times better than the average of the U.S. manufacturing sector as a whole, and three times better than the business of chemistry overall.

The U.S. chemical industry invested more than $13.3 billion in environmental, health, safety and security programs in 2015.

From 2009 through 2015, Responsible Care companies averaged less than one OSHA recordable injury or illness per 100 employees. This recordable injury rate is better the retail, agriculture, food store, and general merchandising business sectors.

Together, Responsible Care companies have reduced their recordable injury and illness incidence rates by 79 percent since 1990, making significant progress toward the overall intustry goal of no accidents, injuries or harm to human health.

View Larger Graph: Recordable Occupational Injury Incidence Rates in the Manufacturing Sector

View Larger Graph: Recordable Occupational Injury Incidence Rates in Various Sectors


Transportation Safety

According to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), close to one million shipments of hazardous materials occur daily in the United States. The safe distribution and handling of chemicals is an important performance indicator for Responsible Care companies, which track hazardous material distribution and report incidents to DOT.

In 2014, Responsible Care companies experienced 845 distribution incidences, most of which were minor in nature, with no associated injuries and minimal product and property damages occurring as a result of the incident. Since 1995, the number of distribution incidents among member companies has declined by 62 percent.

View Larger Graph: Reportable Distribution Incidents Data for Chemicals Shipped

View Larger Chart: DOT 5800 Incidents

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Process Safety

A process safety incident is an unplanned event arising from the manufacturing process that results in a product spill, fire, explosion, or injury. By managing, tracking and reporting process safety incidents, Responsible Care companies benchmark their performance and set goals for improvement. Responsible Care companies publicly report process safety incidents on an annual basis, surpassing government requirements, to demonstrate their commitment to transparency and process safety performance.

Responsible Care companies are committed to the safe operation of their chemical processes and demonstrate this commitment by implementing the Process Safety Code. The Responsible Care Process Safety Code differs from regulatory standards that, by necessity, focus on process safety at an individual facility. The Process Safety Code is more universal—it addresses issues across a division or corporation and includes a company commitment to set process safety expectations, define accountability for process safety performance and allocate appropriate resources to achieve performance expectations.

Responsible Care companies are working to make the industry even safer for our employees and communities. ACC member companies operate about 2,000 facilities nationwide and reported 260 process safety incidents in 2015. More than half of ACC members had no process safety incidents in 2015.

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for Responsible Care Companies

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Product Safety

Responsible Care companies are committed to managing and communicating the impacts of chemical products on human health and the environment. Product safety has long been part of the Responsible Care initiative, and Responsible Care companies work to promote the safe management of chemicals along the supply chain.

That’s why ACC and its members developed the Responsible Care Product Safety Code to drive continuous improvement in chemical product safety as part of the industry’s signature environmental, health, safety and security management system. The Product Safety Code includes a set of 11 Management Practices, through which chemical manufacturers can evaluate, demonstrate and continuously improve their product safety performance, while also making information about chemical products available to the public.. As of July 2016, 93 percent of ACC members have implemented the Product Safety Code according to their required timeline.

Additionally, each ACC member prioritizes its chemicals according to risks, specifically designating high-priority chemicals, using considerations such as uses, exposures, toxicity, production volumes and other relevant factors and makes this information available to the public. For information about the products ACC members manufacture, view the Product Safety Summary Search Portal.

Globally, chemical companies also provide product safety information publicly through an international Chemicals Portal developed by the International Council of Chemical Associations. To date more than 4,800 chemical safety summaries are available, and the number of substances included in this Portal is increasing daily.

View Larger Graph: Does Your Company Have a Process to Prioritize its Chemicals?

View Larger Graph: Is a Summary of the Process Used to Prioritize your Chemicals Available to the Public?

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