Frequent Questions

What has EPA done to further the safe storage and handling of reactives?

The Agency has taken a number of actions to improve the safe storage and handling of reactive chemicals.

  • EPA worked with the American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) to develop guidance on the safe handling of reactive materials. CCPS issued a safety alert entitled Reactive Material Hazards, which describes what facilities should do to fully understand the reactive properties of chemicals.  CCPS also published Essential Practices for Managing Chemical Reactivity Hazards, which provides guidance on management systems and hazard assessment protocols for reactive materials.  EPA staff not only participated in both of these efforts but also worked to make the guideline widely available to chemical facilities.
  • EPA worked with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to produce the Chemical Reactivity Worksheet (CRW), a free software program that allows users to identify most chemical reactivity hazards associated with their chemical processing and support operations.  A recently released update of the program was downloaded more than 30,000 times on the first day of release.  With the release of CRW 4.0 in March 2016, the ongoing management and distribution of the CRW has been transitioned to Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS). The CRW can be obtained at: http://www.aiche.org/ccps/resources/chemical-reactivity-worksheet-40.
  • EPA also collaborated with OSHA and various industry associations to form the Chemical Reactivity Hazards Management Alliance.  The Alliance provided education and outreach materials and conducted safety workshops for reactive chemical users with the objective to improve the overall safety of reactive chemical hazards within U.S. industry.  Our work with CCPS, NOAA, OSHA, and various industry groups has helped increase public knowledge of reactive hazards and the means to abate those hazards.  These efforts promote the design and maintenance of safer facilities as addressed by the Clean Air Act General Duty Clause (CAA GDC).
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