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NAM Launches Online Interactive Map with U.S. COVID-19 Resources by State

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is continually gathering COVID-19 resources from its state partners and local governments across all 50 U.S. states. NAM has now launched an online interactive map to provide businesses with the latest information for each state. Read More...

3/4/2020 Update: CI Phone & Email Systems are Up and Running

3/3/2020 CI Phone and Email Systems are Temporarily Down

If you have been trying to contact CI, our phone and email systems are temporarily unavailable. If you need to speak to a staff member, please dial their cell phones. We are working on resolving the issue and we will keep you informed.

2019 Chlorine Emergency Response Training Totals 

Thank you to all the instructors for the time and energy you put into making 2019 such a success!  It was another great year of outreach to first responders throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico! In 2019 over 2,600 students were trained. Read more...

2019 Member Emergency Response Training & Outreach

CI’s Emergency Preparedness Issue Team (“EPIT”) has a long-term goal of training as many first responders as possible to ensure they are prepared to safely and effectively respond to incidents involving chlorine and other CI mission chemicals. Read more...

CI Comment Letter on CSB Accident Reporting Rule 

Following a legal order, the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (“CSB”) has issued its proposed rule, Accidental Release Reporting, which would require chemical facilities to report chemical releases that result in “a fatality, serious injury or substantial property damages.” CI responded to the open comment period with this letter.


FDA Warns About Mis-Information

FDA warns about mis-information from products falsely claiming to cure various diseases and disorders by ingesting chlorine dioxide. Read the full FDA statement here: http://bit.ly/31Pn34V




The Chlorine Institute Core Values Series - Part V: Integrity

In this final article of the “CI Core Values Series,” I want to highlight the role “integrity” plays in what we do at The Chlorine Institute.  Let’s start by defining Integrity. The Merriam-Webster online dictionary lists three key definitions:

  1.  firm adherence to a code of especially moral values: incorruptibility
  2.  an unimpaired condition: soundness
  3.  the quality or state of being complete or undivided: completeness

It has been said, integrity is “what happens when no one is looking.” It is being honest and truthful when it counts. Here at CI, honesty is critical, especially when it comes to the development of our many safety resources. All of CI’s safety pamphlets, videos, and training programs rely on sound science and member experience. Our long history of integrity gives us credibility when dealing with regulators and others. One EPA official recently told me when referring to CI, “You are the good guys.” I firmly believe this is because of the credibility established by our integrity.

Integrity is important in all we do. This is why before each meeting and in each meeting program, the CI Antitrust Guidelines are stated to remind members and staff of the “Do’s” and “Don’ts” during business discussions and interactions. The CI Core Values state: “All interactions among members, employees, suppliers, regulatory agencies, and the public will be conducted in an honest and open way with the highest ethical standards.” We all have a role in upholding CI’s reputation and the respect of the industry by maintaining an environment where people act with integrity, and honesty.

I hope that this refresher on the Core Values was a helpful reminder that The Chlorine Institute’s ultimate goal is enhancing safety, and that all of our work towards this goal is guided by these five core values.

If you have any ideas or thoughts about this, or any of the other core values series articles, we would appreciate your input. Please send all questions or comments to Frank Reiner.

CI No Longer Using Fax Lines

As of this month, CI is discontinuing use of fax communication. The main and individual staff fax lines will no longer work after July 31, 2019. Any documents needing to be sent without the ability to edit, can be sent via Adobe PDF. For more information on how to manage the permissions of a PDF document, visit: https://helpx.adobe.com/ca/acrobat/how-to/security-permissions-protect-pdf-files.html


Occupational Health & Safety Magazine Features Interview with CI Members – By Robyn Brooks

To highlight the importance of respirator safety, CI staff member Robyn Brooks (VP, Health, Environment, Safety and Security) interviewed two long-time CI members about their experiences regarding the topic. Vic McMurray (Responsible Care Director, Olin Corporation) and Brian Dailey (Global Emergency Response Leader and National Pro Board-Certified Hazardous Materials Technician, The Chemours Company) generously provided several pieces of advice they have learned over the years working in this industry. To read the full-length article, go to: https://ohsonline.com/articles/2019/07/15/respiratory-safety-an-interview-with-industry-experts.aspx?admgarea=news&m=1

CI/TRANSCAER® Training Event Held in Toronto, ON

Click here to learn more about The Chlorine Institute Rail Safety & Hazmat Emergency Response Training event held in Toronto, ON July 9-11.

Thank you to all the instructors who supported this event and our railroad partner, FESTI (Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute).

Instructors: Tom Jaeckle (QM Environmental), Mike Nedilsky (QM Environmental), Bernie Cook (Brenntag – Canada), Rich O’Hara (Olin Corp.), David Clarke (FESTI), Chris Nicholson (CN Rail), Andy Ash (Railroad Association of Canada), Cindy Kuranchie (CI), Frédérike Hanigan (CANUTEC), Troy Scarrow (Midland Manufacturing), Ray Racha (Indian Springs Mfg.), Mike Herringa (CN Rail), and Yves Hamel (CN Rail)

The Chlorine Institute Core Values Series - Part IV: Respect

Respect – one of the most fundamental values many of us learn when we are young. How does it apply to our work here at CI? As part of an organization in which we constantly interact with one another and share ideas, we must keep this core value at the forefront of our everyday actions. Whether we are discussing lessons learned at a CI meeting, collaborating on a pamphlet during a task group call, or even simply introducing ourselves at a CI networking event, it is important for CI members and staff to show respect for all individuals participating in Institute activities.

Last month I talked about how important diversity is at CI. Diversity of thought brings value to an organization. We must all work to encourage a diverse environment by showing respect for each other’s opinions and ideas, no matter how much they differ from our own. This is the only way we will expand our thinking and continuously improve upon safety practices as an industry.

As the common saying goes, we must “give respect, to earn respect.” Here are a few ways we can practice this core value, to ensure every encounter at CI is one of mutual respect:

  • Invite different viewpoints
  • Treat others with kindness, politeness, and courtesy
  • Listen when others are sharing their ideas and thoughts
  • Thank others for contributing
  • Never insult others, or disparage other ideas

I believe that if we all work together to maintain a respectful space, it will lead to a more productive and positive environment.

If you have any ideas or thoughts about this, or any of the other core values series articles, we would appreciate your input. Please send all questions or comments to Frank Reiner.


CI Attends the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Hazardous Materials Response Teams Conference

On June 14-15, 2019 the Chlorine Institute attended the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Hazmat Conference in Baltimore, MD. The IAFC Hazmat conference brings together leaders from the local, state and federal levels to discuss best practices for incident management and the tools needed to successfully respond to hazmat incidents. Representatives from member companies, Ray Racha (Indian Springs Manufacturing) and Troy Scarrow (Midland Manufacturing) joined CI staff member, Cindy Kuranchie, in both sponsoring and exhibiting at the conference. CI’s main objectives were to highlight our outreach and training efforts to the first responder community and to demonstrate the proper use of our emergency capping kits. 

This year the conference hit a milestone with roughly 1,400 people in attendance! CI provided these attendees the chance to view demonstrations of the Chlorine Institute Emergency Capping Kits “A”, “B”, and “C” and the Midland Emergency Response Kit as well as the new Indian Springs Emergency Response Kit.

As always, the IAFC hazmat conference gives CI the opportunity to interact with first responders and address challenges they may face when responding to hazmat incidents.

CI/TRANSCAER® Training Event Held in Buffalo, NY

Click here to learn more about The Chlorine Institute Rail Safety & Hazmat Emergency Response Training event held in Buffalo, NY June 18-20.

Thank you to all the instructors who supported this event and our railroad partner, Norfolk Southern Railroad:

Ray Racha (Indian Springs Mfg.), Rich O’Hara (Olin Corp.), John Gabryelski (Olin Corp.), Mike Croke (JCI Jones Chemicals), Dom Miletta (Chemours), Dan Thompson (Midland), Steve Hayes (ASHTA Chemicals), Cindy Kuranchie (CI), Scott Deutsch (Norfolk Southern), Scott Gould (Norfolk Southern), Greg Godwin (Chemours), Drew McCarty (SPSI), Erica Bernstein (CHEMTREC/TRANSCAER)


Chlorine Safety Seminar & African Water Forum, July 23-25 in Johannesburg

The World Chlorine Council (WCC) is pleased to invite you to attend a Chlorine Safety Seminar, Water Treatment Facility Tour, and the African Water Forum from 23-25 July 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. View the invitation below for more details, and feel free to share with your colleagues. Please contact Robyn Brooks if you have any questions. To view the full agenda and to register, visit: https://registration.worldchlorine.org/

Letter to House Committee on Energy and Commerce Urging Congress to Let EPA Finish Its Asbestos Risk Evaluation Unimpeded

There are currently two bills (in the House and Senate) seeking to ban all uses of asbestos, despite the ongoing risk evaluation currently being conducted by the EPA.  EPA’s risk evaluation is an extensive process, as described on its website:

“EPA must use the risk evaluation as a basis to determine whether or not the chemical presents an unreasonable risk to health or the environment under the chemical’s conditions of use.  [The law] prohibits EPA from considering non-risk factors (e.g., costs/benefits) during risk evaluation. This includes risks to subpopulations who may be at greater risks than the general population, such as children and workers. The risk evaluation process has the following components:

  • a scope document that provides the public with information on the focus of the risk evaluation;
  • hazard and exposure assessments and a risk characterization to inform the risk determination; and
  • a risk determination stating whether or not a chemical substance presents an unreasonable risk to health or the environment under its conditions of use.”

CI responded to a request for comment from the House Committee on Energy & Commerce by noting how asbestos is used in chlorine production, the controls in place to protect workers, how chlorine is used throughout the economy, and urging Congress to let EPA continue it’s work and not override the EPA risk evaluation through a hurried legislative action.  The full letter is available on the HESS Government Activity webpage.

Olin Corporation’s Arthur Hamby Jr. Named Chlorine Institute 2019 Peter Mayo Award Honoree

Mr. Arthur Hamby Jr., North American Equipment Logistics manager for Olin Corporation in Cleveland, TN, received The Chlorine Institute’s 2019 Peter M. Mayo Award at the Institute’s 2019 Annual Meeting in Houston. Read more

Safety Recognition
The Chlorine Institute recognizes 12 North American and international facilities for "Diamon Level" safety and environmental performance. Read more...