Responding to a series of railway accidents involving shipments of corrosive liquids vital to war efforts, the Manufacturing Chemists’ Association (MCA) forms a committee devoted to the improvement of liquid chemical shipping containers.
MCA begins a comprehensive program of Safety Manuals and Safety Data Sheets. Each data sheet details a product’s physical and chemical properties, its hazards, instructions on safe handling and first-aid treatment, required labeling or identification, and methods of unloading and emptying various types of containers.
The U.S. Department of Transportation meets with MCA to determine the best approach for reporting and responding to emergency situations involving chemicals in transport.
MCA establishes CHEMTREC (CHEMical TRansportation Emergency Center), to provide chemical-specific information to emergency responders around the clock. Members authored over 1,600 chemical cards representing the chemicals most frequently involved in transportation.
On September 5th, CHEMTREC becomes fully operational.
MCA becomes the Chemical Manufacturer’s Association (CMA).
The U.S. Department of Transportation formally recognizes CHEMTREC as an approved source of information and advice relating to chemical and other hazardous materials incidents.
The CMA implements the Responsible Care program.
The U.S. Department of Defense and CHEMTREC execute a memorandum of understanding (MOU) stipulating that CHEMTREC would respond as quickly as possible to an incident or accident involving munitions or explosives.
The U.S. Army Chemical Biological Defense Command (CBDCOM) and CHEMTREC executed an MOU stipulating that CHEMTREC would assist CBDCOM in responding as quickly as possible to an incident or accident involving “hazardous industrial chemicals.
CMA becomes the American Chemistry Council (ACC).
On 9/11, CHEMTREC provides critical information to the New York Police Department’s Hazardous Materials team as they evaluate the potential effect of chemicals contained in the collapse of the World Trade Center’s twin towers
The Chemical Sector Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC) is created through an agreement between the FBI’s National Infrastructure Protection Center and the ACC. CHEMTREC is asked to operate the ISAC.
CHEMTREC starts offering extended service protocols (ESP), including Worldwide Authorization to customers who need additional CHEMTREC services.
CHEMTREC launches medical service coverage.
CHEMTREC hosts the first International Emergency Response Summit in Miami, Florida.
CHEMTREC signs an MOU with like-organizations in Latin America.
CHEMTREC signs an MOU for mutual assistance with China’s National Registration Center for Chemicals (NRCC).
CHEMTREC launches SDS Direct, including SDS Access, Distribution and Indexing.