Programme Elements

Codes of Management Practices

At the heart of the Responsible Care initiative are the six (6) Codes of Management Practices. The Codes focus on specific areas of chemical manufacturing, transportation, research and handling and companies must in good-faith make continuous efforts to attain the goals of each Code.

  • DISTRIBUTION CODE: This Code reduces employee and public risk during transportation and distribution of chemicals and chemicals products. The scope of this Code covers all modes of transportation. It protects the carrier, distributors, contractor and the environment. It covers also activities such as storage, handling, transfer and packaging.

  • COMMUNITY AWARENESS AND EMERGENCY RESPONSE (CAER) CODE: Designed to help ensure emergency preparedness and foster community involvement. The Code builds on the voluntary self-regulation concept by emphasizing a broader dialogue and interaction between employees, the general public, government officials as well as emergency responders. It also requires companies to establish facility outreach programme that includes an ongoing assessment of employee and community concerns about their operations.

  • POLLUTION PREVENTION CODE: The Code presents a broad framework that is useful to any company, regardless of its existing efforts. Its management practices are aimed at helping companies to reduce both emission released into the various media, the amount of waste generated and also deals with waste management.

  • EMPLOYEE HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE: The goal of this Code is to protect and promote the health and safety of people working at; or visiting the company work sites. It provides a framework for identifying and assessing hazards, preventing unsafe acts and conditions, maintaining and improving employee health and fostering communications on health and safety issue. Some of this Code's requirements run parallel with the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994, however it also goes beyond OSHA regulations.

  • PROCESS SAFETY CODE: The approach of this Code is to eliminate risks from the outset; i.e. safety begins at the very early planning stages of the plant's production processes. Potential sources of danger which may emerge because of the plant itself or through chemical substances used in the production are analyzed and eliminated as far as possible. It also requires that employees must be trained in the safe operational and maintenance methods and be able to recognize potential sources of error and be capable of assessing the resulting risks. The reactions of the community to the issues in the chemical plant are communicated to those doing the designs and modifications of the plant.

  • PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP CODE: The aim of this Code is to make health, safety and environmental (HSE) protection an integral part of the research, designing, manufacturing, marketing, distributing, using, recycling and ultimate disposal of chemical products. It emphasizes the need for everyone involved in the developing and handling of chemicals to do so responsibly to help maintain a safe and healthy environment. The key is to keep a flow of information coming back to the company about how customers are actually using and disposing the products.

Responsible Care Global Charter

Developed by the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) in year 2004 – 2005 and recently reviewed and updated in year 2013, the Responsible Care Global Charter extends the original elements of Responsible Care, whereby it now focus on new and important challenges facing the chemical industry and society, including sustainable development, effective management of chemicals along the value chain, greater industry transparency and greater global harmonization and consistency among the national Responsible Care programmes.    

The Charter was officially launched by the ICCA during the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) held in February 2006 in Dubai. The key elements of the Charter are as follows:

  • Adopt global Responsible Care core principles
  • Implement fundamental features of national Responsible Care Programme
  • Commit to advancing sustainable development
  • Continuously improve and report performance
  • Enhance the management of chemical products worldwide - i.e. advancing product stewardship performance by individual companies and the global chemical industry through the ICCA Global Product Strategy (GPS)
  • Champion and facilitate the extension of Responsible Care along the chemical industry's value chain
  • Actively support national and local Responsible Care governance processes
  • Address stakeholder expectations about chemical industry activities and products
  • Provide appropriate resources to effectively implement Responsible Care

CICM encourages all Responsible Care signatories, in particular the multinational companies that have their headquarters based in Malaysia to declare their support as well as to adopt the fundamental features of the Responsible Care Global Charter. Further details of the Charter could be downloaded from HERE.

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