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Responsible Care

What is Responsible Care?
Responsible Care is the chemical industry’s commitment to continual improvement in health, safety and environmental performance. It is a global initiative. In the UK, Responsible Care covers the whole of the chemical supply chain – from manufacturers, through to distributors and logistics companies. Compliance with Responsible Care is mandatory for all CBA member companies involved in the trading, distribution, handling, movement and storage of chemicals.

How does Responsible Care measure performance?
Since 1993, CBA has measured the chemical distribution sector’s performance. This is a unique and valuable record illustrating the industry’s year-on-year progress.

Member companies are required to provide Indices of Performance covering key aspects of their health, safety and environmental performance. Since 1993, this data has been collected annually, aggregated and published as the distributor Indices of Performance Bulletin. It aims to provide CBA members and their employees, local communities, regulators and other industry stakeholders with a benchmark against which to measure the sector’s year-on-year performance.

Indices of Performance cover:

  • Fatalities and Reportable Injuries
  • Lost Time Accidents
  • Dangerous Occurrences
  • Transport Incidents
  • Waste Disposal
  • Convictions

In 2007, CBA launched a dedicated Logistics Index specifically to measure the health, safety and environmental performance of the growing number of logistics companies in CBA membership. Measuring similar Indices of Performance data is also collected annually, aggregated, and then published as the Logistics Index.

Whilst subject to year-on-year fluctuations, both the CBA’s Distributor Indices of Performance Bulletin and Logistics Index illustrate the long-term benefit of Responsible Care and its ability to deliver significant improvements in the industry’s health, safety, and environmental performance.

Click here for the latest Indices of Performance Distibutors Report

Click here for the latest Logistics Report

In addition to the Indices of Performance, each year individual Companies must also complete and return a Self-Assessment Questionnaire and an Improvement Plan designed to identify and remove any weakness in a member’s health and safety management system. An alternative to this process is available for companies undertaking third party verification.

Responsible Care Award
CBA’s Responsible Care Awards recognise the achievements of member companies beyond basic compliance with the programme. Three Awards are presented annually at CBA’s Annual Lunch at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London - for operational sites involved in distributing, manufacturing or blending; office-only companies; and logistics companies. One of these companies receives the CBA’s overall Responsible Care Award in recognition of its achievements.

Third Party Verification

Third Party Verification (TPV) is the independent third party assessment of companies in the chemical supply chain.

CBA recommends SQAS (Safety & Quality Assessment System), a pan-European system to evaluate the safety, security, quality and environmental standards of chemical distributors and Logistics Services Providers. It also offers a system of third party verification to Responsible Care. 

SQAS has a suite of assessment modules.  For chemical distributors, the European Single Assessment Document (ESAD) is a system for assessing the health, safety, security and environmental standards of their operations; whilst for companies providing transport and warehouse logistics services, the Transport Service and Warehouse questionnaires of SQAS provide a similar form of assessment

For further information, go to www.sqas.org 

DOES YOUR COMPANY HANDLE HIGH CONSEQUENCE DANGEROUS GOODS?

TPV offers additional benefits to companies handling high consequence dangerous goods – it allows them to benefit from 50% fewer inspections by the Department for Transport.

CBA has negotiated a landmark agreement with the Department for Transport (DfT) for member companies engaged in handling high consequence dangerous goods. This agreement is the first of its kind in the chemical sector and a major step forward for the industry.

To qualify for 50% fewer inspections by the DfT, companies must be compliant with relevant security regulations, be compliant members of the CBA’s Responsible Care programme, and hold a current independent Third Party Verification (TPV) assessment recognised by DfT and CBA.

FREE CBA SUPPORT

To help member companies moving towards TPV, CBA is offering a FREE expert pre-assessment review. Whilst this will not constitute a SQAS/ESAD assessment, which can only be undertaken by an accredited assessor, it is designed to help a company gauge its state of readiness for an assessment and will be undertaken by CBA staff experienced in the development of the ESAD questionnaires and guidance. 

For further details, contact CBA’s Responsible Care Co-ordinator, Michael Cooper on 01270 258200 or e-mail michael.cooper@chemical.org.uk

FIND A TPV ASSESSOR

Click here for a listing of accredited TPV Assessors.

CBA MEMBERS HOLDING TPV

Click here for a listing of CBA member companies holding TPV.

Member Companies Eligible For The 2016 CBA Responsible Care Award

Actikem Ltd
A-Gas Electronic Materials
Arpadis UK Ltd
Azelis UK Ltd
BOC Ltd
Brenntag UK and Ireland Ltd
Chantry Chemicals Ltd
Cornelius Group plc
Dakram Materials Ltd
Gower Chemicals Ltd
HAAS Group International SCM Ltd
Hanson Logistics Ltd
Hawks Chemical Company Ltd
Hayman Ltd
Higgi Ltd
HW Coates Ltd
IMCD UK Ltd
J V Barrett & Co Ltd
Langley - Smith & Co Ltd
Marlin Chemicals Ltd
Melrob Ltd
Monarch Chemicals Ltd
Multisol Group
Norkem Ltd
Potter Logistics Ltd
Rase Distribution Ltd
Richard Baker Harrison Limited
Solenis UK Ltd
Tan International Ltd
Tennants Distribution Ltd
Univar Ltd
WhitChem Ltd
Whyte Chemicals Ltd
XPO Supply Chain UK Ltd

Responsible Care Award 2016 Winners

Responsible Care 2016 Winners

Distributor Operational Site and Overall Responsible Care Award - BRENNTAG UK & IRELAND

The winner of the Responsible Care Award for distributor companies with operating sites was BRENNTAG UK & IRELAND LIMITED.  The company also won this year’s overall CBA Responsible Care Award.  The Award reflects the exceptional commitment of the company to achieving a strong safety culture through training and communication throughout the workforce and its engagement with the local communities in which it operates.

Distributor Company with Office Only  -  CHANTRY CHEMICALS LIMITED 
The winner of the CBA Award for a distributor company with an office-only operation was Bradford-based CHANTRY CHEMICALS LIMITED.  The Award reflects the company’s integration of Responsible Care into all its business operations and for its work with the local community.

COMMUNITYINTERACTION AWARD – 2M GROUP LIMITED
The Chemical Business Association (CBA) has announced the winner of its annual Community Interaction Award. 

The Award was presented at CBA’s Annual Lunch at the Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London, on 26 April 2017, before an audience of over 1,100 industry representatives and their guests by impressionist, comedian, and writer, Rory Bremner.


CBA’s Community Interaction Award aims to recognise an outstanding contribution to community interaction by a member company, or one of its employees, or group of employees.

The winner of CBA’s Community Interaction Award was the 2M GROUP LIMITED
 
The Award reflects the strong involvement of the company, in working with young people in schools, colleges and universities, to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and providing many with workplace opportunities.