US chem distributors eye safety, security update

03 December 2009 22:07  [Source: ICIS news]

By Ivan Lerner

MARCO ISLAND, Florida (ICIS news)--The National Association of Chemical Distributors' (NACD) will have the opportunity next year to update its environment, health, safety, and security programme, an association executive said on Thursday.

The Responsible Distribution Process (RDP) is the NACD's initiative focusing on continuous improvement in the areas of environment, health, safety, and security among chemical distributors.

The current three-year cycle of the RDP will end this year, giving the organisation a six-month window to review and update the programme, said Michael Lang, NACD’s director of the programme.

"We will take a closer look at best practices," he said during the NACD's 38th Annual Meeting.

RDP runs in three-year cycles, with six months between cycles to allow for a review of all information gathered. During the RDP cycle, every NACD member company and their chemical handler affiliates will have at least one of their sites re-verified.

The current cycle finishes at the end of the year, and before the next cycle begins in July, Lang and the third-party RDP verifiers will get together to discuss the issues facing chemical distribution, as well as any "new tools and revised practices", said Lang.

RDP is considered a great success but the NACD feels there is always room for improvement, Lang said. The organisation wants to give members "enough guidance to point them in the right direction," said the RDP director.

Meanwhile, during the next few months, Lang will meet with representatives of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) to compare the RDP with the ACC's Responsible Care programme to "see how each could help the other."

The two organisations have a memorandum of understanding (MOU), and are looking at their member companies, with "the goal of putting a document together, and working together on Capital Hill."

The NACD's annual meeting runs through Friday.

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By: Ivan Lerner
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