Prepared from the PACIA Annual Report 1997.
See also CMA's report.
And the September 1998 meeting in Queensland.
One hundred and twenty companies across Australia, including twelve new in the last two years are implementing Responsible Care. After seven years the program now covers 80% of the chemical supply in Australia. It is the unifying ethic by which the industry plans to meet community expectations for protection of people and the environment.
Responsible Care is founded on dialogue with interested parties, codes of industry best practice, continuous improvement, company network support and on accountability to the public, the government, external verifiers and to industry peers. Code compliance rose 8% points in 1996/97 to 62% average for seven codes but only 26% for product stewardship, clearly indicating the need for more work on this newest and most comprehensive product code.
Renewed emphasis following performance plateaus in 1995 have seen continued improvement in employee injuries (down 46% since 1990). Site incidents declined 15% versus 1995 to 69 across Australia while transport remained steady at 133 incidents, reinforcing the value of the PACIA Carrier Accreditation program to be introduced shortly. Eighty percent of sites have an emergency response plan and maintain an annual inventory of emissions and wastes. Sixty-four percent of sites have waste reduction programs and targets. Forty companies are active in thirty local community advisory panels and seventy-five sites (up 70% on previous) hosted 20,000 members of the public at the March 1997 Open Door Weekend.
Internationally the chemical industry for the first time produced a global Responsible Care status report and reviewed it at United Nations and other worldwide environmental and safety forums. The report highlights participation by forty-two countries providing 86% of the global chemical supply and details eighteen examples of Responsible Care in action.
The chemical industry both in Australia and globally now contends and has some support among interested parties that Responsible Care is an initiative of substance. It intends now to focus systematically on:
|spreading the ethic to new countries, downstream industry sectors and product users|
|continued environmental and safety improvements by verification of company and country implementation programs and through strengthened CEO networking|
|strengthened initiatives in life cycle decision making and sustainability, and|
|increased evidence of international stakeholder support and delivery of benefits to stimulate further company participation.|
Implementation and Coverage
|· Ongoing programs of network meetings and company briefings|
|· Published reports outlining the providers of training courses on Responsible Care skills, lists of useful videos and guidelines for linking Responsible Care with 150-9000|
|· Partnering programs established for one-on-one company assistance|
|· Provision of Chemsafe emergency information and response capability and of transport Carrier Accreditation services|
|· PACIA training courses provided on Responsible Care, Hazardous Substances and Dangerous Goods handling|
|· PACIA HSE surveys for benchmarking and awards for recognition ofgood performance.|
Active participation in programs to correctly handle surplus household chemicals (in