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RESPONSIBLE CARE® MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS USING RC 14001 AND RCMS

There are many reasons for companies to incorporate Responsible Care® into their management systems. In addition to improving environmental performance, health, safety and security, companies who meet the requirements of Responsible Care® find many other benefits including:

  • Gaining organizational efficiencies
  • Improved community relations
  • Liability protection
  • Competitive advantage
  • Financial marketplace recognition

From the American Chemistry Council (ACC):
Responsible Care® allows companies to enhance their environment, health, safety and security (EHSS) performance, discover new business opportunities, and navigate the rough seas of rapidly changing consumer preferences and government regulations.
Responsible Care® is the chemical industry's world-class environmental, health, safety and security performance initiative. It's our commitment to doing more and doing better. Responsible Care® companies are industry leaders, playing a vital part to ensure that the business of chemistry is safe, secure and sustainable.
Some facts and figures about the benefits of Responsible Care®

Some general information

Flexible management practices
Structured processes
Accepted worldwide
Responsible corporate citizenship
Based on plan-do-check-act
Award-winning initiative
Drives performance improvement
Improved credibility with stakeholders

Key components:

Policy
Planning and goal setting
Defined roles and responsibilities
Monitoring and measuring
Preventive and corrective actions
Management review
Performance improvement

Based on 7 codes:

Pollution prevention
Product stewardship
Distribution
Process safety
Employee health, safety and security
Community awareness
Emergency response

RC14001

Technical specification
Combines ISO 14001 and Responsible Care®
Focus on aspects and impacts
Suitable for any industry
Internationally accepted

RCMS

Includes only Responsible Care® requirements
Focus on hazards and risks
Focus on headquarters site
More valuable for domestic companies directly involved with the chemical industry

Security Code

Recognized as Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology by DHS through the Security Act
13 management practices
Focus on Security Vulnerability Assessments (SVAs)
Independent verification required to prove physical site security measures