Worker Health & Safety
AI members have built a strong safety record and continuously work to promote and improve safe working conditions in their facilities. Many companies are recognized for their outstanding safety and health performance. These companies have achieved success in promoting and practicing safety awareness and minimizing workplace incidents and injuries.
The key federal agency for regulating to ensure the health and safety of workers is the Department of Labor’s – Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA has many workplace regulations that our members abide by. OSHA and states also conduct enforcement inspections and has some specific regulatory requirements when companies handle hazardous chemicals. www.osha.gov
Useful OSHA Links
- Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). International standard for physical, health and environmental hazard classification and labeling. http://www.unece.org/trans/danger/publi/ghs/ghs_rev02/02files_e.html
- Hazard Communication – Information on labeling and communication requirements for hazardous chemicals in the workplace. https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/index.html
- Injury and Illness Recordkeeping – Information on workplace injury and illness recordkeeping and electronic submission requirements. https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/index.html
Protection of the environment and the communities where our members operate remains a vital concern for AI member companies. AI stands behind objective, science-based regulation that protects our environment while remaining conscientious about the impacts to our industry and the nation’s economy.
The key federal agency responsible for environmental regulations is U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Our industry is subject to regulation by the EPA, including its 10 regional offices. EPA regulates air and water quality around facilities under the Clean Air and Clean Water acts and the proper handling and disposal of waste. Some of these programs are delegated to and enforced at the state level. www.epa.gov
Useful EPA Links
Clean Air Act (CAA) – Information on the CAA and associated regulations. https://www.epa.gov/environmental-topics/air-topics
Clean Water Act (CWA) – Information on the CWA and associated regulations. https://www.epa.gov/environmental-topics/water-topics
Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) – Information on reporting and emergency planning requirements for facilities that handle hazardous substances. https://www.epa.gov/epcra
Risk Management Plan (RMP) Program – Information on RMP requirements, plan submission instructions, and guidance for industry. https://www.epa.gov/rmp
Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) – Information on SPCC plan requirements for regulated facilities. https://www.epa.gov/oil-spills-prevention-and-preparedness-regulations
Waters of the United States (WOTUS) – Information on the definition of “Waters of the United States,” which provides the scope of jurisdiction for Clean Water Act programs. https://www.epa.gov/wotus-rule
Emergency Response Resources
- Includes links to information and reports for areas affected by natural disasters and other emergency events.
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – Provides information on financial and physical assistance resources during national emergencies. https://www.fema.gov/
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Fuel Waivers – Centralized location containing links to temporary fuel waivers during fuel supply disruptions. https://www.epa.gov/enforcement/fuel-waivers