Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Reactive Chemicals: Alliances Yes, Rulemaking No

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Reactive Chemicals: Alliances Yes, Rulemaking No

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For more than a year the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) and organized labor have pressured OSHA to amend its Process Safety Management standard to address reactive chemical hazards. The agency has resisted this advice, however, focusing instead on a variety of voluntary efforts. In February, CSB declared OSHA's response to the board's Dec. 2002 rulemaking recommendations "unacceptable."

In March, OSHA and EPA announced another voluntary initiative, an alliance with the American Chemistry Council, the Americal Institute for Chemical Engineers' Center for Chemical Process Safety, the Chlorine Institute, the Mary Kay O'Connor Center for Chemical Process Safety, the National Association of Chemical Distributors, and the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association.

"Last October, we announced new resources on chemical reactivity safety on our Web site," said OSHA Administrator John Henshaw. "Today's alliance with this esteemed group of professionals is an example of how we are strengthening the foundation of a culture of prevention in the chemical industry. …

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