What is Responsible Care?
Responsible Care is the chemical industry’s commitment to continual improvement in health, safety, security 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 sector’s year-on-year progress.
Member companies are required to provide Indices of Performance covering key aspects of their health, safety, security 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
• Enforcement actions
In 2007, CBA launched a dedicated Logistics Index specifically to measure the health, safety, security and environmental performance of the growing number of logistics companies in CBA membership. 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, security and environmental performance.
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, safety, security and environmental 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 distributor companies; and logistics companies. One of these companies receives the CBA’s overall Responsible Care Award in recognition of its achievements. Since 2012, the Community Interaction Award has also been presented to recognise a major contribution to community interaction by a member company, one of its employees, or by a group of employees.
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 for Sustainability), a pan-European system to evaluate the safety, security, quality, environmental and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
FIND A TPV ASSESSOR
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CBA MEMBERS HOLDING TPV
The following CBA member companies have been awarded permission to use the ICTA TPV logo:
The Coates Group
Monarch Chemicals Limited
Member Companies Eligible For The 2018 CBA Responsible Care Award
A-Gas Electronic Materials
Agility Logistics Ltd
Arpadis UK Ltd
Blagden Specialty Chemicals Ltd
Chemical Raw Materials Ltd
Corcoran Chemicals Ltd
Cornelius Group plc
Dakram Materials Ltd
Hanson Logistics Ltd
J V Barrett & Co Ltd
Monarch Chemicals Ltd
R K & J Jones Limited
Solenis UK Ltd
Tan International Ltd
Responsible Care Award 2018 Winners
OFFICE-ONLY DISTRIBUTOR – ZANOS LIMITED
The CBA’S Responsible Care Award for office-only distributor companies was won by Knutsford-based, ZANOS LIMITED.
The company’s winning entry demonstrated its unswerving commitment to Responsible Care, its emphasis on training employees, and its innovative evaluation of global supply chains for compliance with labour laws, safe working practices, and product integrity. The company’s Director, Julian Sarkar, collected the Award.
OPERATIONAL SITE + OVERALL AWARD – CORNELIUS GROUP plc
This year’s winner of the Responsible Care Award for distributor companies with operating sites and the winner of CBA’s overall Responsible Care Award was the CORNELIUS GROUP plc headquartered in Bishop’s Stortford.
The company’s Award recognized its effective health and safety strategy, its process for undertaking and reviewing risk assessments, and the implementation of an innovative process of vetting new suppliers against the principles of Responsible Care. Group Operations Director, Brian McGowan accepted the Award on behalf of the company.
COMMUNITY INTERACTION AWARD – TAN INTERNATIONAL
The CBA’s Community Interaction Award acknowledges a major contribution to community interaction by a member company, one of its employees, or a group of employees. The winner of this year’s Community Interaction Award was TAN INTERNATIONAL LIMITED based in Perth, Scotland.
Through its proactive initiatives, TAN INTERNATIONAL has successfully built links with its local business community and services resulting in improved relations and interaction with its local community. CBA’s Technical Director, Douglas Leech, accepted the Award on behalf of the company.