CHEMTREC, a division of the American Chemistry Council, is a 24-hour communications and resource center that provides Level 1 emergency services to those responding to hazardous material incidents.
Established in 1971, CHEMTREC provides product information (from its database of approximately 5 million material safety data sheets); response guidance; medical advice (to treating medical personnel); communication links between responders, product manufacturers, carriers, distributors and others (through CHEMTREC's conferencing system); information regarding Level 2 and 3 response organizations; and other services relevant to incident response, cleanup, and mitigation. CHEMTREC has local phone numbers in 34 countries and interpretation services in 170 languages.
With the growth of the chemical industry and hazardous materials market, there has been increased interest in creating and/or enhancing the emergency information and response capabilities in other regions of the world, similar to those that CHEMTREC has provided in North America since 1971. As a consequence, CHEMTREC has worked to meet this public safety objective by expanding its services globally and by working with other countries seeking information on the CHEMTREC model and how that model might accommodate the needs of other regions/countries. Further, where beneficial, CHEMTREC has created mutual assistance agreements with established centers in other countries.
The initial concept for the Resources for Hazardous Materials Emergency Response site came from the first International Emergency Response Summit hosted by CHEMTREC in 2006. The Summit was held for the purpose of sharing information among chemical industry responders to provide them with a better understanding of the challenges, and possible solutions, associated with responding to chemical incidents in foreign countries. That Summit produced several findings, included among them was the concept of creating a publically available n information website that would serve as a resource for those responsible for emergency response and preparedness in around the globe.
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The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®, common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues, and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $674 billion enterprise and a key element of the United States economy. It is one of the nation’s largest exporters, accounting for ten cents out of every dollar in U.S. exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation’s critical infrastructure.