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Industrial Chemicals Workers
Industrial chemicals workers are employed in a variety of interrelated and interdependent industries and companies in which one operation often makes chemical starting materials for another's use. Most chemical workers convert the starting products or raw materials into other chemical compounds and derivative products, such as pharmaceuticals, plastics, solvents, and paints. They may assist chemists and chemical engineers in researching, developing, and producing chemical products and processes. In addition to being actively engaged in chemical operations, some workers are required to maintain safety, health, and environmental standards mandated by the federal government and perform routine and preventive maintenance tasks. Others handle, store, and transport chemicals and operate batch processes.