Health & Safety

What does the Chemistry industry do to help you stay healthy?

  • The chemistry industry creates the majority of raw materials for lifesaving healthcare products such as suturestubingIV componentsfiltersscalpels, and gloves.
  • American chemistry produces chlorine, which is “used in the manufacture of at least 88% of the prescription pharmaceuticals currently sold in the United States and Canada” according to a 2016 report.
  • The American chemistry industry is the world leader in producing mosquito repellent, guarding against the West Nile virus and Malaria.
  • Premature babies are kept safe and warm in plastic incubators.
  • The American chemistry industry is the world leader in producing liquid helium, the chemical that makes MRI machines possible by cooling the superconductive magnets.
  • American chemistry produces the leading ingredient in aspirin, a material classified by the World Health Organization as “essential” and responsible for reducing and preventing thousands of heart attacks.
  • Chemotherapy and other drugs now are delivered more accurately on plastic patches and dissolving discs, and nanotechnology can deliver drugs to specific cells.
What does the Chemistry industry do to help you stay safe?

  • American chemistry creates the substance used to make highway signs visible to motorists at night.
  • Plastic seat beltschild safety seats and airbags save countless lives on the road.
  • Members of the American Chemistry Council achieved an employee safety record that is five times safer than the average of the U.S. manufacturing sector.
  • American chemistry developed a fiber stronger than steel, which has saved thousands of police officers.
  • Cyclists, skiers, hikers, mountain climbers and other outdoor enthusiasts rely on carbon fiber-reinforced plastic gear and safety equipment, from skis and boots to goggles and ropes.
  • Food growers use chemical compounds to eradicate a plethora of disease carrying pests that compete for our food supply.
  • The American chemistry partners with more than 80 materials handling and transportation companies to improve safety and security for materials after they leave chemical manufacturing sites.
  • The American chemistry industry makes products essential to national defense; Polyaramid fibers make aircraft invisible to radar, cobal chloride purifies air in gas masks, and Nylon 6 makes parachutes and ropes.
What does the Chemistry industry do to support your community?

  • The chemical industry established 300 community advisory panels in the U.S. to solicit input from and improve communications with the towns and cities where we live and work.
  • The chemical industry created the TRANSCAER ® program, which provides information and emergency training in communities through which hazardous materials are transported.
  • The American chemistry industry contributes $2 billion each year to charitable causes.
  • The chemical industry provides regular progress reports on greenhouse gas emissions reduction to government agencies, the media, and the general public.
  • American chemistry produces materials vital to nearly every U.S. industry and key to our national defense and quality of life.
  • All members of the American Chemistry Council and the Georgia Chemistry Council implement Responsible Care ® and are subject to audits of their headquarters and plants to ensure they are complying with rigorous standards for environmental, health, safety, and security practices.
  • Responsible Care companies reduced hazardous releases to the air, land and water by 84 percent from 1988 to 2016.
  • The American chemistry industry is partnering with the EPA and Environmental Defense to make screening-level health and safety data publicly available for 2,200 chemicals produced in the highest volumes.
  • The American Chemistry Council operates a 24/7 emergency communication center known as CHEMTREC ® (Chemical Transportation Emergency Center), which provides free emergency technical assistance.
What does the Chemistry industry do to keep our planet clean and green?
  • In the Home…
    • Vinyl windows have excellent thermal performance properties, while vinyl-coated wire and cable has high electrical resistivity, helping to prevent energy losses.
    • Chemistry –intensive roof coating help reflect solar heat away from the rooftop, promoting cooler indoor spaces.
    • The chemistry industry creates materials to insulate homes, which have saved more than 5 billion gallons of fuel and cut carbon emissions by 6 million tons since the 1970s.
  • Transportation
    • “Low Rolling Resistance” tires are made by adding chemistry products – silica and polysulfidosilanes – to tire treatments to help increase fuel efficiency.
    • Automotive and industrial lubricants rely on chemistry products to help reduce friction.
    • American Chemistry develops definition and methodologies for emission reduction programs.
    • Every pound of plastics and composites used to “lightweight” an automobile produces two to three pounds of weight savings in that vehicle.
  • Water & Power
    • Wind mill blades used to generate wind power contain many chemistry products, including polyester and resin additives.
    • American chemistry makes water safer to drink for more people than anyone else.
    • Modern landfills are lined with industrial strength plastics to prevent toxic run off into sensitive waterways or drinking water sources.