Environment, Health & Safety

The mission of the EHS+ Committee is to foster continual improvement in environmental, worker health and safety, and product regulatory performance in the plastics industry.

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The committee’s Environmental Issues, Worker Health and Safety, and Product Regulatory Task Groups: 

  • Provide forums for sharing industry practices, challenges and successes.
  • Deliver environmental, health and safety information and tools for members.
  • Provide input and direction on legislative and regulatory proposals.
  • Protect polymer market interests, including providing information on domestic and international activities that affect product management.

“This committee provides valuable information, especially for a medium to small size company that may not have a whole department dedicated to EHS.”  Monica Filyaw, PolyQuest

EHS+ Committee Resources

The EHS+ Committee has three Task Groups, open to all members:

For more information, please contact: [email protected]

EHS+ Committee Membership

Who are the members of the EHS+ Committee?

  • PLASTICS company representatives include professionals across a range of career paths and stages, including advisors, associates, consultants, coordinators, directors, engineers, leaders, managers, specialists, and vice presidents. Their areas of expertise and responsibility include EHS auditing and compliance, engineering, government affairs, industrial hygiene, operations, process safety, product stewardship and regulatory, quality, regulatory affairs and compliance, safety, sustainability, and toxicology.

What are the eligibility requirements for EHS+ Committee membership?

  • PLASTICS full, associate or service provider members in good standing are eligible to participate in the EHS+ Committee. Representatives must have an interest in worker health and safety, environmental or product regulatory matters, and meet basic participation requirements to remain active.
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What are the benefits of an EHS+ Committee membership and participation?

Connect and network:

Combine expertise and perspectives to evaluate and address issues that impact the industry.

Exchange information in meetings and on calls.

Gain insight from guest speakers on regulatory issues and compliance assistance programs.

Stay informed and engaged:

Learn the latest in state, federal and international regulatory and related activities.

Stay on top of ongoing and emerging activities within agencies and organizations, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Chemical Safety Board (CSB), and engage in related advocacy.

Leverage efforts with and provide support to other PLASTICS groups; liaise with other trade associations, codes and standards organizations, and other U.S. and international groups.

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Topics include:

  • Implementation of the amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
  • Lockout/tagout
  • Fall protection
  • Process safety management
  • Combustible dust
  • Electrical safety
  • Targeted enforcement and compliance programs
  • Air quality and emissions standards
  • Water quality and discharges
  • Risk management plans
  • Hazard communication
  • Chemical risk assessments
  • Product stewardship initiatives
  • Supply chain management and corporate responsibility
  • Domestic and international chemicals restrictions activities on plastics