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1 6/2/2015 What is Responsible Care ® ? A Canadian Chemical Producers’ Association initiative to continuously improve all aspects of the chemical industry’s, environmental health and safety performance... and... ensure openness in communication about its activities and its achievements.

2 6/2/2015 Why does it exist? To improve the environmental, health and safety performance of the chemical industry To address public concerns about the manufacture, distribution and use of chemicals. To address the unfavourable perception of the chemical industry.

3 6/2/2015 What is the new ethic? A code of conduct that leads us to behave in a manner that is seen by all to be “DOING THE RIGHT THING”. It guides us towards Environmental, Societal and Economic Sustainability for our industry.

4 6/2/2015 The following principles apply : The New Ethic Statement  We are stewards of our products and services during their life cycles in order to protect people and the environment.  We are accountable to the public, who have the right to understand the risks and benefits of what we do and to have their input heard.  We respect all people.  We work together to improve continuously.  We work for effective laws and standards, and will meet or exceed them in letter and spirit.  We inspire others to commit themselves to the principles of Responsible Care.

5 6/2/2015 The Codes of Practice are... Community Awareness and Emergency Response Research and Development Transportation/ Distribution Manufacturing Product Stewardship Hazardous Waste Management

6 6/2/2015 Community Awareness and Emergency Response (CAER) CAER requires each member-company to have ongoing processes to identify and respond to community concerns, inform the community of risks associated with company operations, and have its own emergency plan integrated and tested with the community’s emergency response plan.

7 6/2/2015 Research & Development The R&D code challenges companies to fully understand and minimize the risks arising from new chemical products, processes, equipment and uses, or from new applications for existing products. This code covers each stage of development, from initial research to the product’s arrival in the marketplace. This means that no research may be performed by the company or by outside laboratories unless it complies with the code. And no new product can be introduced unless it conforms with the code.

8 6/2/2015 Manufacturing This code covers new and existing manufacturing sites, and deals with all aspects of their operation. It covers the design of new plants and the decommissioning of old ones. It requires systems to be in place to protect employees, the community and the environment from any harmful effects — whether immediate or long-term — stemming from manufacturing operations.

9 6/2/2015 Transportation The transportation code requires that each member company transport chemicals and chemical products in a manner that minimizes environmental damage and risk of injury to people living along transportation routes. Selecting and assessing carriers and informing communities along the way of safeguards being taken are key aspects of this code.

10 6/2/2015 Distribution The distribution code covers members’ activities related to the sale and use of chemicals, chemical products and services. It calls for standards, procedures and training for the storage and handling of chemical products. Suppliers, distributors and customers are assessed for compliance with the code. Business dealings are suspended if this requirement is not met.

11 6/2/2015 Hazardous Waste Management This code challenges companies to avoid the production of wastes in the first place. For unavoidable wastes that can’t be reused, recycled or recovered, it calls for the sound management of all aspects of waste, including storage, treatment, disposal, destruction, and the care and closure of hazardous waste sites. Previously contaminated sites must be assessed, communicated to authorities and appropriately cleaned up.

12 6/2/2015 Product Stewardship Product Stewardship is managing the risks associated with chemical products through their life-cycles. Product Stewardship extends the Responsible Care philosophy to products after they have been sold and is a key factor in deciding which products to make for which applications. Providing relevant information on the hazards of chemicals to customers, urging and educating them to use and dispose of products in a safe manner, and making such information available to the public on request are all part of product stewardship.

13 6/2/2015 Verification How do chemical companies live up to their obligations under Responsible Care? How do communities know that the Responsible Care ethic is being followed? Verification teams consisting of advocates, industry experts and neighbours visit every member company immediately following their three-year code implementation period to ensure that the ethic and all the code systems are in place. Then every three years, another visit by a re- verification team emphasizes performance, ascertaining that management systems are delivering the results expected by the public. The teams’ reports for all verifications are posted on the CCPA web site or visit for the most recent report.

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