Overview

Chemistry enables technological advancements that drive innovation, and contribute to the safety of water, food, consumer products, and the transportation and handling of chemicals. The Foundation supports initiatives that contribute to the safe use and sustainability of chemistry.

Materials Recovery for the Future

Currently, in North America, flexible plastic packaging is not typically accepted in recycling programs. As the expectation for full lifecycle management of packaging increases, it is important that the related industries take part in the foundation of future solutions to provide effective and economic recovery options for flexible plastic packaging.

Commitment to Finding Recovery Solutions for Flexible Plastic Packaging
The Materials Recovery for the Future project provides members of the flexible plastic packaging value chain an opportunity to collaborate on a focused research program.

Online SPF Health and Safety Training Program

In 2012, the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), in partnership with the Foundation, released low-pressure spray polyurethane foam (SPF) health and safety training, which is available for no cost on www.spraypolyurethane.org. The training, which is available in English and Spanish, was supported by grant funding from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Susan Harwood Training Grant Program.

The Low-Pressure SPF Chemical Health and Safety Training, an industry-led product stewardship initiative, covers topics such as proper handling and disposal of low-pressure SPF, engineering controls, personal protective equipment (PPE), working in confined spaces, preventing slips and falls and avoiding temperature stress. The training provides information for weatherization professionals, applicators or helpers who work with one-component SPF or two-component, low-pressure SPF kits for sealing and insulating.