Chemicals are necessary for the manufacturing of products. In many cases, however, the same qualities that make these chemicals useful in the production process may also pose serious risks to the health and safety of workers and the surrounding environment.

The Outdoor Industry Association or OIA, and its member brands are committed to driving industries toward the use of safer and better-understood chemical options. We are also committed to providing the necessary support and tools to our supply chain partners to ensure that chemicals are managed responsibly throughout their entire life cycle and that workers and the surrounding environment are protected from any unnecessary risk.

This Guideline has been created to support the OIA’s mission of driving improvements in chemicals management, and provides guidance, tools, and good practice examples that may be used to understand, develop, and support continuous improvements in chemicals management programs that will result in the mitigation of risks related to the use of hazardous chemicals in manufacturing facilities.

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