Level III: Leadership

Greetings Level II Member!

We would like to again recognize your commitment to the PMA’s Regulatory Compliance Self-Certification program by your recent compliance to Level II: Compliance. We can tell that you can see the benefits to self-certification, and welcome you to continue your progression in the four-tiered program.

Your next achievement will be Level III: Leadership 

Please review the form below for details on Level III certification, and if you have any questions on the specific sections, please contact me, Mike Kocak, 724-741-3337 or mikek@cue-inc.com.

Thank you once again for your continued involvement with the PMA, and your dedication to the health, safety and environment of the cast urethane industry.


Mike Kocak
PMA Environmental, Health, Safety
and Regulatory Affairs Committee Chair

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A company may suggest that other criteria be added to the list. Send requests to the PMA office.

If a company fails to maintain the required point level for longer than 90 days, it must inform the PMA office in order that the company’s Level III status can be revoked.

Table 1: Health & Safety

(minimum of 20 points required)

20 Participates in OSHA’s SHARP (Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program) OR participates in OSHA’s VPP (Voluntary Protection Program) OR equivalent (See Note 1 below)
20 Participant in ACC’s (American Chemistry Council) Responsible Care or participant in the Friends of Responsible Care program, which includes certification to the RC14001 specification
15 Participant in an industry program such as SOCMA’s ChemStewards program
10 Have enacted all recommendations from an OSHA state consultation service inspection.
7 Conducts regularly scheduled safety audits of the workplace.
7 Has an active safety committee with significant employee involvement.
7 Has, at minimum, regularly scheduled quarterly employee safety meetings. 
5 Has OSHA reportable or lost time accident rate under the national average for your appropriate classification. 
5 Has an isocyanate air exposure monitoring program in place with ID badges used at least every quarter or air sampling done every two years.
5 A skin protection program, beyond that required by regulation, is in place to prevent skin exposure to MOCA. 
5 A skin protection program, beyond that required by regulation, is in place to prevent skin exposure to isocyanates. 
5 Has an active, off-the-job safety program in effect.
5 Employees outside of hearing protection required areas have received baseline hearing tests.
5 Selected employees with little potential for exposure to MOCA receive urine monitoring testing. 
5 Employees with potential for exposure to isocyanates have received a baseline pulmonary function test or are engaged in a physician-directed medical monitoring program. 

Note 1:

  • OSHA’s Safety and Health Achievement and Recognition Program (SHARP): www.osha.gov/oshprogs/consult.html. Designed for small work sites in hazardous industries. Recognizes employers who have demonstrated exemplary achievements in workplace safety and health. 
  • OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP): www.osha.gov/oshprogs/vpp.index.html. Designed to recognize and promote effective health and safety management by having management, labor and OSHA develop a relationship at a workplace that already has a strong health and safety program. Normally involves larger sized companies.

Table 2: Environmental

(minimum of 20 points required)

20 Is ISO-14001 registered by an accredited registrar or is certified to ACC’s RC14001 specification 
20 Participates in EPA’s Environmental Performance Track Program, Project XL or equivalent.
15 Environmental system has been reviewed by an independent consultant within the last three years and all suggested changes have been implemented. 
15 Has an environmental management system which substantially complies with the ISO-14001 (see PMA ISO-14001 Manual). 
15 No hazardous waste is generated at the facility.
15 No HAPs (EPA Hazardous Air Pollutants) are emitted from the facility.
15 No wastewater is generated from the production processes at the facility.
10 Has reduced total hazardous waste generation by at least 20% per unit of production in the last five years or 40% in the last ten years or less. 
10 Has reduced VOC or HAP (Hazardous Air Pollutant) emissions by at least 20% per until of production in the last five years or 40% in the last ten years or less.
10 Has reduced total wastewater generation by at least 20% per unit of prod production in the last five years or 40% in the last ten years or less. 
10 Has a waste reduction/pollution prevention program in place with established goals and progress being tracked and reported to employees.
10 Has gone from being a large quantity generator of hazardous waste to a conditionally exempt generator or a non-generator in the last five years. 
7 Has gone from being a large quantity generator of hazardous waste to a small quantity generator OR a small to a conditionally exempt or non-generator in the last five years.
7 Has implemented an emergency plan based on the “Integrated Contingency One Plan (ICOP)”. See chapter 3 section 0.3 of PMA’s Environmental Regulatory Compliance Manual (ERCM) for details on the ICOP.
7 90% of mold release used contains less than 5% VOCs.  
7 Has an employee trip reduction plan in place. 
5 Participates in any of the following EPA programs: Green Power Partnership, Environmental Accounting Project, Commuter Choice Leadership Initiative, Design for the Environment, Green Chemistry, WasteWise, Waste Minimization National Plan, Adopt your Watershed, or the Water Alliance for Voluntary Efficiency. 
5 All polyurethane products manufactured are compliant with the European RoHS directive (“the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances...”)

Table 3: Health, Safety & Environmental Management System

(Points can be added to your company total, but are not required from this section.)

10 Has engaged in educational or service programs in the HES field that benefit the community. Please describe above. 
8 Has a program to openly communicate relevant, useful information in response to the public’s questions and concerns about safety, health and environment. Please describe above. 
6 A company employee holds a responsible position or professional certification (such as CHMM) from the AWMA, ASSE, ABIH or other recognized safety or environmental organization.
4 A company employee is a member or a recognized safety or environmental professional organization or association.