The U.S. ethanol industry takes the safety of its employees, community neighbors, and the first responders tasked with confronting ethanol incidents very seriously. We have a very good track record and intend to keep it that way.

To ensure the continued safety of those who come in contact with ethanol, the Renewable Fuels Association is pleased to offer resources for ethanol biorefineries and first responders alike to help mitigate the impacts of ethanol incidents.

The RFA Plant & Employee Safety Committee is developing recommendations that will assist ethanol plants in meeting Process Safety Management Standards (PSMS). The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires the proper training of plant personnel in the safety procedures of an ethanol plant.

The RFA recommends ethanol plants put a strong company emphasis on plant and employee safety.  

Ethanol Emergency Response Coalition 

RFA, under the EERC banner, is updating the training materials used by thousands of emergency responders to ensure the information is the most accurate and up-to-date educational experience for fire departments, police, emergency management technicians, environmental cleanup contractors, and more. Keep up-to-date on the Ethanol Emergency Response Coalition information at

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Safety Program

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a “sleeper hazard;” very little information outside scientific literature has been published to help facilities understand CO2 health effects and control CO2 exposures. This Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Safety Program – Chemical and Physical Properties; Major Uses; Ethanol Manufacturing Production of CO2; Physical and Health Hazards; and Guidelines for Maintaining Safe Working Conditions, Including Safety Awareness, Safe Handling, and Hazard Minimization is designed to fill the gaps. Read More:

Upcoming Ethanol Safety Seminars

RFA, in partnership with several industry entities, will be hosting a series of Ethanol Safety Seminars in 2016 at various locations throughout the United States. This course was developed to give first responders, hazmat teams, fuel transporters, and safety personnel an in-depth look at proper training techniques needed when responding to an ethanol-related emergency. The seminars are FREE to attend.For a list of upcoming Ethanol Safety Seminars please go to To register, go to

*Stay tuned for 2016 Ethanol Safety Seminar dates and locations.

Rail & Tank Car Information

For decades, the railways have served as the primary mode of transportation for the ethanol industry. RFA is committed to educating rail workers with the best practices for securing railcars transporting ethanol through a series of safety training resources that include documents on tank car manways, best practices for rail transport, ethanol railcar placarding and others materials to ensure the safe transport of ethanol.