Responsible Care® Management System Certification

Responsible Care® Management System Certification

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) established a third party certification process as an enhancement to the Responsible Care® initiative. The certification process is intended to assist ACC member companies in the improvement of their health, safety and environmental performance, and to help build trust between chemical facilities and their neighbors.

Simply stated, management systems are the framework that guides, measures and evaluates an organization's operations. Management systems are "the way we do business" and are reflected in resource decisions, rules, by-laws, procedures, employee training, policies and other factors that guide day-to-day activities. RCMS® is designed to evaluate these factors as they are applied to key Responsible Care® activities such as health, safety, product risk, transportation, community outreach and environmental programs. RCMS® strives to achieve an accurate understanding of how chemical companies work to meet and sustain their Responsible Care® responsibilities, and to identify opportunities for further improvement.

Vanderbilt's RCMS® certification was was achieved during November, 2006 and included visits to the Norwalk corporate office and the chemical facilities in Bethel, Connecticut. An ACC accredited RCMS® auditing firm completed the week-long certification process.

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