ACC members to adhere to code to evaluate, improve chemical safety

06 May 2013 18:28  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--A new Responsible Care Product Safety Code has been established under which American Chemistry Council (ACC) members publicly pledge to implement 11 industry best practices to evaluate and improve their safety performance, the ACC announced on Monday.

The requirements go above and beyond regulatory requirements to manage the safety of chemicals in products that consumers rely on, the ACC said in a press release.

"Making safe, innovative products has been and continues to be a core value for the chemical industry," said Cal Dooley, CEO of the ACC. "The Product Safety Code champions transparency, accountability and science-based product development and improvement, to give consumers added confidence in the safety of the products they use every day."

Adherence to these practices will be mandatory for ACC members and regularly verified by independent auditors, the organisation said.

According to the ACC, the Product Safety Code requires companies to:

  • Manage the safety of their products, from inception to use, reuse, recycling and disposal.
  • Undertake scientific analyses of their products, with close consideration of how they are used by all consumers, especially children.
  • Provide public access to product safety information.
  • Share information along the supply chain so that products are used safety.
  • Continuously evaluate new information that may have product safety implications.
  • Take corrective measures if they discover improper practices involving a product.

"The public needs to know the products they rely on every day are safe,” said Sven Royall, chairman of the ACC Board Committee on Responsible Care and vice president of global intermediates at Shell Chemicals.

"Under the Product Safety Code, our industry takes an important next step in creating a comprehensive set of practices to which we will not only subscribe, but also confirm our adherence through third-party validation,” he said.

By: Jeremy Pafford
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