For more information, contact:

Marie Gargas
Senior Technical Director, Regulatory Affairs

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The mission of the EHS+ Committee is to provide leadership, guidance and support that will bring about continual improvement in worker safety, environmental and product regulatory performance in the plastics industry, while supporting the use of good science and public policy, and promoting and serving member interests. This includes using its Worker Health and Safety, Environmental Issues, and Product Regulatory Task Groups to:

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

Who are the members of the EHS+ Committee?

PLASTICS company representatives include safety specialists, corporate directors of safety and training, EHS associates, directors of environmental affairs, product stewardship managers, directors of regulatory affairs and industrial hygienists.

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.

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:
  • Learn the latest in state, federal and international regulatory and legislative activities.
  • Stay on top of ongoing and emerging activities within the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Chemical Safety Board (CSB).

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, and
  • Domestic and international chemicals restrictions activities on plastics.
Stay Involved
  • Protect the plastics industry against unwarranted legislation and regulations by providing technical support to PLASTICS government affairs activities, domestically and internationally.
  • Access and develop training tools and resources.
  • Recognize safety stewardship through PLASTICS’ Safety Statistics and Awards Program.
  • 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.
  • Access EHS+ Committee Resources.

What's New?

Panelists Needed to Judge EPA Awards on Greener Manufacturing and Plastics
SPI Seeks Input on EPA Fee Collection Under TSCA
EPA Extends Deadline for Chemical Data Reporting to October 31
What Do Air Pollution Controls Cost You? EPA Seeks Comments on Updates to Manual
EPA Seeks Nominations for Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals
EPA and OSHA Civil Penalties to Increase August 1
OSHA Issues Final Rule to “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses”
OSHA Releases Background Materials for Potential Rulemaking Activity on Process Safety Management (PSM)

Upcoming Meetings and Events:

February 28-March 1, 2017
Committee Meeting; Printpack, Atlanta, GA
Registration Coming Soon
Interim conference calls as scheduled.

Recent Meetings and Events:

October 12-13, 2016
Committee Meeting; Braskem U.S. Headquarters, Philadelphia, PA

June 8-9, 2016
Committee Meeting; Plastics Industry Association Offices, Washington, DC

March 9-10, 2016
Committee Meeting; Plastics Industry Association Offices, Washington, DC

January 28, 2016
(Webinar) Safe Handling of Combustible Dust


Chair: Braskem America
Product Regulatory Task Group Chair: BASF Corporation
Worker Health and Safety Task Group Chair: LyondellBasell

PLASTICS Staff Point of Contact: Marie Gargas, 202-974-5330


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