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What is the Chlorine Institute?

The Chlorine Institute (CI) founded in 1924, is a technical trade association of companies that are involved in the safe production, distribution and use of chlorine, sodium and potassium hydroxides and sodium hypochlorite, and the distribution and use of hydrogen chloride.

Chlorine chemistry plays a critical role in meeting some of our most basic needs. Chlorine chemistry enables scientists to pioneer advances in modern medicine and renewable energy. It helps protect American soldiers and police officers. Chlorine chemistry transforms public health hazards like drinking water and swimming pools, into modern day conveniences.
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The Chlorine Institute exists to support the chlor-alkali industry and serve the public by fostering continuous improvements to safety and the protection of human health and the environment connected with the production, distribution and use of chlorine, sodium and potassium hydroxides, and sodium hypochlorite, and the distribution and use of hydrogen chloride.

Latest News

New Edition of PPE Pamphlet 65 Available
Pamphlet 65, Personal Protective Equipment For Chlor-Alkali Chemicals, has been updated and is available in the bookstore. This edition was updated to include new guidance on the use of contact lenses. Additionally, guidance on exposure limits, respiratory protection, and maintenance of PPE was expanded.  Pictures and examples of levels of PPE and types of respirators were also included. 

Update on PTC Implementation
Positive Train Control (PTC) is required to be implemented on all rail passenger lines and all mainlines on which TIH is transported by rail by December 31, 2015 deadlines, as mandated by the Railroad Safety Improvement Act of 2008.  As you may be aware, the railroads are not expected to have fully functional PTC systems implemented by that time. There have been on-going discussions and debates centered around the need for Congress to pass an extension to this compliance deadline. While CI supports implementation of PTC as quickly as possible, we believe that an extension is necessary to ensure that a safe and interoperable network is implemented. CI has been active in discussions with other trade associations on the matter and has signed on to various letters with them requesting that Congressional representatives vote to pass an extension. Read more...

Newly Updated Video, Chlorine Emergencies: An Overview for First Responders, NOW AVAILABLE
The latest edition of Chlorine Emergencies: An Overview for First Responders (FR-DVD) is now available to stream online or download from the bookstore.  The video was developed to help first responders to prepare to act in those critical first 15 minutes - what to do when the call comes in, what you might expect on-scene, and where to find the resources you’ll need to contain a release.  Read more...

GHS Webinar
While the United Nations' (UN) Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) model provides a backbone for hazard communications, it is only a tool for other nations to utilize, adopt, and amend as appropriate for their country-specific needs. There are substantial differences among the approaches taken by Canada, Mexico, and the United States in GHS implementation of each respective program. CI staff recently participated in a Webinar titled NAFTA Members' GHS Programs - A Comparative Analysis which examined the specific similarities and differences among:... Read more...