CAIA benefits country as home for Responsible Care
are encouraged and guidelines are provided to assist with implementation.
“Responsible Care also contributes to levelling the playing fields for participation and auditing by recognising their performance in audits, especially for the spill response and transport industries.
“Having been audited and receiving a certificate of verification adds benefit to EnviroServ Waste Management when we have to demonstrate to our stakeholder the level of compliance we have achieved in relation to SHEQ management,” says Gordon.
Mulqueeny says CAIA has supported the implementation of Responsible Care at Chlor-Alkali Holdings by providing training in specialised areas such as process safety and product stewardship.
Furthermore, as CAIA interfaces with a multitude of chemical industries, it is able to provide insight relating to specific issues and novel approaches relating to Responsible Care compliance solutions, which supports Chlor-Alkali Holdings’ drive to enhance its safety, health and envi- ronmental performance, sustainable development, and management of chemicals.
Phillips agrees saying that CAIA provides Sasol with the mechanisms, such as the different management practice standards and audit guidance documents, to implement Responsible Care.
“Furthermore, a platform is created where Sasol can work with other chemical industries to share best practices and experiences,” says Phillips.
She says Responsible Care has also supported the company’s drive to enhance its safety, health and environmental performance, sustainable development, and management of chemicals as it is one of the drivers of the Sasol SHE strategic agenda.
“All aspects and practices of Responsible Care are included in the One Sasol SHE Excellence Approach, which encapsulates SHE risk mitigation and reduction,” says Phillips.
According to Larsen, CAIA has provided an opportunity for Dow to deepen its understanding about Responsible Care initiative and priori- ties, and to apply international standards to the local environment.
“As members of CAIA we often get together and discuss ways of implementing the highest standards for the safe management of chemicals, to ensure that we gain the trust and acceptance that we need to grow as an industry.”
Gordon says CAIA provides excellent training and awareness documents that are used within the group to create better awareness of SHEQ issues.
“The communication process that CAIA uses to engage its members is good and we proactively utilise the awareness documentation provided.
“We participate in the process safety meetings and the RFA DG committee meetings where we are continuously informed of best practices and updates in legislation and SANS codes.
“CAIA has first-hand information as they are part of the technical committees developing and updating these standards,” says Gordon.
He reports that CAIA has always been available to provide guidance on