CAIA ben­e­fits coun­try as home for Re­spon­si­ble Care

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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

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