Cre­at­ing value for mem­bers

The Star Early Edition - - CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF RESPONSIBLE CARE -

CAIA is a mem­ber-based or­gan­i­sa­tion that has 159 company mem­bers com­pris­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers, dis­trib­u­tors, ware­hous­ing, hauliers, waste man­age­ment, test­ing lab­o­ra­to­ries, drum re­con­di­tion­ers, and spill re­sponse com­pa­nies in South Africa’s chem­i­cal and al­lied in­dus­tries. Of th­ese 141 mem­bers are sig­na­to­ries to Re­spon­si­ble Care. CAIA also has 18 con­sul­tant mem­bers.

As a mem­ber­ship-based or­gan­i­sa­tion the in­ter­ests of our mem­bers are vi­tal to CAIA, ac­cord­ing to Dei­dré Pen­fold, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor at CAIA. She says the as­so­ci­a­tion’s pri­mary goals are:

To pro­mote Re­spon­si­ble Care and to mon­i­tor its im­ple­men­ta­tion;

To earn pub­lic trust for the chem­i­cal in­dus­try;

To im­prove the ef­fec­tive­ness of its ad­vo­cacy ini­tia­tives with Gov­ern­ment and NGOs;

To support ed­u­ca­tion ini­tia­tives in sci­ence, en­gi­neer­ing and tech­nol­ogy; and,

To cre­ate max­i­mum value for its mem­ber com­pa­nies.

“The suc­cess of CAIA is based on the cred­i­bil­ity the or­gan­i­sa­tion en­joys, both in the in­dus­try and gov­ern­ment. When CAIA makes com­ment our stake­hold­ers are as­sured that it is well re­searched and has the in­put of all the ma­jor play­ers in the chem­i­cal in­dus­try,” says Pen­fold.

“We en­gage with all our mem­bers re­gard­less of the size of the company to de­ter­mine their views re­gard­ing leg­is­la­tion, reg­u­la­tion and new de­vel­op­ments in the in­dus­try.

“CAIAs ac­tiv­i­ties in the reg­u­la­tory space con­firm the chem­i­cal in­dus­try’s com­mit­ment to ra­tio­nal leg­is­la­tion that bal­ances th­ese im­por­tant ob­jec­tives.

“Im­por­tantly, the Re­spon­si­ble Care ini­tia­tive goes beyond com­pli­ance with leg­is­la­tion and of­ten re­sults in the in­dus­try be­ing ahead of reg­u­la­tors’ le­gal re­quire­ments,” says Pen­fold.

She says Re­spon­si­ble Care is a fur­ther rea­son for the suc­cess of CAIA, given that it is a vol­un­tary ini­tia­tive, which chem­i­cal in­dus­try role play­ers want to be­long to and be as­so­ci­ated with, be­cause of the high stan­dard of the ini­tia­tive and its in­ter­na­tional ac­cep­tance.

Re­spon­si­ble Care pro­vides the chem­i­cal in­dus­try with a plat­form to en­able con­tri­bu­tions to be made to a va­ri­ety of safety, health and en­vi­ron­men­tal ini­tia­tives, and to op­er­ate business man­age­ment sys­tems that set, re­view, and con­tinue to de­velop tar­gets for im­prove­ment in the ar­eas of oc­cu­pa­tional safety and health, among oth­ers.

“Another rea­son for the suc­cess of the or­gan­i­sa­tion is its abil­ity to work to­gether with in­dus­try stake­hold­ers, whether it is other in­dus­try-re­lated or­gan­i­sa­tions, lo­cal and na­tional gov­ern­ment, or in­ter­na­tional bod­ies,” says Pen­fold.

“For ex­am­ple, CAIA ob­serves and com­ments on the ca­pa­bil­ity of op­er­a­tional staff to im­ple­ment emer­gency re­sponse plans and to han­dle in­ci­dents in an ef­fec­tive man­ner at sim­u­lated emer­gency ex­er­cises that have the ob­jec­tive of im­prov­ing co­op­er­a­tion be­tween var­i­ous au­thor­i­ties (the South African Po­lice Ser­vice, the Road Traf­fic In­spec­torate, emer­gency ser­vices, the lo­cal fire depart­ment, med­i­cal ser­vice providers, hazardous ma­te­rial clean-up ve­hi­cle re­cov­ery com­pa­nies and in­dus­try) un­der ab­nor­mal cir­cum­stances, and to iden­tify strengths and weak­nesses within company pro­ce­dures, equip­ment, knowl­edge, skills and com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tems.

“Another ex­am­ple is how CAIA, as one of the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of or­gan­ised business in the chem­i­cal sec­tor, signed the Chem­i­cal Sec­tor Oc­cu­pa­tional Health and Safety Ac­cord with the Depart­ment of Labour and or­gan­ised labour.

“The ac­cord com­mits the so­cial part­ners (business, labour and gov­ern­ment) to a vi­sion of zero harm through proac­tive col­lab­o­ra­tion where par­ties aim to im­prove the sta­tus of all as­pects of oc­cu­pa­tional health and safety in the chem­i­cal sec­tor – with­out com­pro­mis­ing the sus­tain­able growth of the sec­tor.

“Ad­di­tion­ally, the ac­cord val­ues eth­i­cal con­duct, hon­esty, trans­parency, em­pa­thy and in­tegrity in re­al­is­ing its ob­jec­tives.

“Like­wise, CAIA part­ners with the Gaut­eng Depart­ment of Health, Truck­ing Well­ness, the lo­cal traf­fic depart­ment and the N3TC to con­duct Driver Well­ness Days, which recog­nise the needs of dan­ger­ous goods ve­hi­cle driv­ers for safe trans­port, and driver health and safety.

“In­ter­na­tion­ally CAIA co­op­er­ates with other na­tional chem­i­cal as­so­ci­a­tions and the In­ter­na­tional Coun­cil of Chem­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tions (ICCA) of which it is a mem­ber.

“CAIA re­cently at­tended the ICCA’s Re­spon­si­ble Care Lead­er­ship Group (RCLG). The RCLG man­ages the Re­spon­si­ble Care ini­tia­tive at the global level and gov­erns the Re­spon­si­ble Care ini­tia­tive through a re­view of the per­for­mance and sta­tus of each coun­try’s chem­i­cal as­so­ci­a­tion.

“The RCLG also de­vel­ops state­ments of pol­icy, po­si­tion and guid­ance on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Re­spon­si­ble Care.”

Pen­fold says the four op­er­a­tional strengths that keep CAIA at the fore­front of de­vel­op­ments in both the lo­cal and global chem­i­cal in­dus­try are: Re­spon­si­ble Care; ad­vo­cacy re­gard­ing reg­u­la­tions and leg­is­la­tion; ed­u­ca­tion, skills de­vel­op­ment and train­ing; and Re­spon­si­ble Care ex­pan­sion into Africa.

Dei­dré Pen­fold, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor at CAIA.

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