What is The Chlorine Institute?
The Chlorine Institute (CI) founded in 1924, is a technical trade association of companies involved in the safe production, distribution and use of chlorine, sodium and potassium hydroxides and sodium hypochlorite, the distribution and use of hydrogen chloride and the distribution of vinyl chloride monomer.
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Millions of tons of chlorine are shipped annually throughout the United States. Despite the excellent record of safe transportation, bulk chlorine shipments represent a low-frequency/high-consequence response scenario that will challenge virtually all emergency response agencies. Compounding the vulnerabilities transportation emergencies present is the use of chlorine as a terrorist weapon in Iraq, Syria, and other Middle East countries. Knowing the behavior of chlorine in a large-scale release scenario is critical in applying a risk-based response (RBR) process for these scenarios, which is critical to successfully managing a hazardous materials incident. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 472, Standard for the Competence of Responders to HM/WMD Incidents, defines RBR as a systematic process in which responders analyze a problem involving hazmats; assess the hazards; evaluate the potential consequences; and determine appropriate response actions based on facts, science, and the incident’s circumstances. Knowing the behavior of the container involved and its contents are critical in determining whether responders should and can intervene.
For emergency responders, this article is an overview of the Jack Rabbit program, which is designed to help further understand the behavior and the consequences of large-scale chlorine and anhydrous ammonia releases.
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(Washington, DC) – As part of its outreach efforts during National Safety Month, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), in collaboration with The Chlorine Institute, announced the release of an educational toolkit to help recyclers safely handle hazardous compressed gas containers entering their facilities. The toolkit promotes the message, “Stop, Look, Think, Call,” educating workers in the recycling industry to better identify potential hazards, determine the situation, and call appropriate emergency responders or experts if necessary. Read more...
Arlington, VA (June 22, 2016) – CI President Frank Reiner announced the promotion of Robyn Kinsley to Vice President, Transportation and Emergency Preparedness and the appointment of Erica Bernstein to the new position of Director of Outreach. Read more...