Environmental Health & Safety

Chemistry Associations Collaborate On Safe Chemical Management

By Chemical Processing Staff

Aug 14, 2017

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) are collaborating to enhance safe management of chemical products across the supply chain through Responsible Care, the global chemical industry’s signature environment, health, safety and security performance improvement initiative.

First adopted in Canada in 1985, and in the United States in 1988, a key element of Responsible Care for both associations is its mandatory verification and certification processes, which provide accountability that ACC and CIAC member companies have a structure and system in place to measure, manage and verify their performance.

Under the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding signed today by both organizations, CIAC will adopt the ACC Responsible Care Management System (RCMS)/RC14001 certification model as an option for its members to fulfill their CIAC verification requirement. Doing so expands RCMS/RC14001 certification options for CIAC and ACC members, to foster greater integration of Responsible Care program elements in Canada and the United States.

Under the agreement, cross-border adoption of RCMS/RC14001 audits are an option for fulfilling both the CIAC verification and ACC certification requirements of each organization’s respective Responsible Care program.  This agreed-upon process does not diminish either the individual ACC or CIAC Responsible Care programs, and the unique elements of each will be reviewed on RCMS/RC14001 audits. CIAC and ACC also will work together to enhance member companies’ knowledge of the verification/certification options available in both countries, as well as the auditing community’s awareness of RCMS/RC14001 certification availability to CIAC members.

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