Because the chemical industry is highly regulated, helping member companies to achieve full regulatory compliance in the most cost-effective way is a key priority for CBA.
CBA therefore engages with the legislative and regulatory process in Whitehall, Westminster, and Brussels. Its expert resources are focused in three main areas: advocacy, implementation, and information and advice.
CBA is consulted at an early stage in the legislative and regulatory process and aims to influence new proposals to ensure they do not undermine the industry’s competitiveness and profitability. CBA member companies benefit from the excellent working relationships which have been developed over the years by CBA personnel with key players in the legislative and regulatory process.
CBA’s specialist committees examine new legislative and regulatory proposals and frame a response on behalf the Association. Following the approval of CBA Council, this response is submitted to the government department or regulatory authority. This process is supported by CBA personnel in face-to-face meetings with the department or authority concerned.
On major pieces of legislation, such as the REACH legislation, CBA’s campaign of advocacy on behalf of its members has to be sustained over several years. In other cases, advocacy is required over a shorter period. This process can involve intensive media campaigns as well as high-level confidential meetings with decision makers. CBA tailors its advocacy approach to the issue involved in order to best serve and protect the interest of its member companies.
In many cases, advocacy is a continuous process. Because CBA is recognised as the authoritative voice of the chemical supply chain, it engages with a wide range of official bodies and industry organisations in the UK, Europe, and elsewhere – as illustrated here.
CBA also assists in the implementation of new legislation and regulations through its comprehensive programme of seminars and workshops – a service which is becoming increasingly important for CBA member companies. In 2012, the number of events organised by CBA increased by 10% – and the number of delegates attending rose by more than 15% on a like-for-like basis.
CBA has made an industry-leading commitment to deliver ‘compliance training on demand’ to its member companies. Subject only to two conditions: that each training event is commercially viable and can be scheduled into its existing event calendar – CBA’s in-house experts will deliver the type of compliance training required by its member companies. Examples of recent workshop and seminar topics are:
- Emergency Response
- Carriage of Dangerous Goods
- Environmental Compliance
- Classification, Labelling, and Packaging
- Health & Safety Compliance for smaller firms
- Safety Performance Leading Indicators
- Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH)
- Competition Law
- Combustible Liquids in IBCs
- Trade Controls for Chemicals
- Dangerous Substances Explosive Atmospheres
- Regulations (DSEAR)
- Safety Leadership for CEOs
Information and advice
A key element CBA’s Compliance Service consists of day-to-day support for member companies through regulatory information and advice. In 2016, the CBA team handled over 300 individual enquiries from member companies. The wide range of topics is illustrated below: