is totally embedded in our daily life and its development is
one of the conditions of progress for man and community.
However all economical activities have an impact on the
Responsible Care is a philosophy
which subscribes to the principles of an ecological
development. To work towards a safe distribution of chemical
products is a must for all parties involved or concerned.
It is a leading thread which brings us in contact with all
activities within a company. It is also a commitment to a
policy of responsible and conscientious management.
The BACD Belgian Association of Chemical
Distributors approves all the principles which are
at the base of the philisophy of Responsible Care.
Hereby all the members of the association are committed to
do their utmost to ensure a continuous improvement in their
actions regarding safety, health and the protection of the
The program Responsible Care is
followed all over the world. In Europe the program is
controlled by CEFIC and in Belgium by
essenscia. The BACD is
committed towards essenscia, to apply the
totality of this program such as they have formulated it.
BACD Responsible Care Certificate.
Members of the BACD who apply the principles of the European
Responsible Care Programme conscientiously in their company
philosophy are awarded with the BACD Responsible Care
The program Responsible Care
contains different stages, which are to be applied by each
of our members.
- A commitment by the management of the company to apply the 8
- To appoint a Responsible Care
Coordinator, RCC, in the company.
- To carry out, on a regular basis, an audit (assessment) in order
to verify to what extent the rules of RC are followed, applied and
improved. A third party verification TPV.
- Once a year, to respond to the questionnaire concerning the
Indices de Performance (IoP) demanded by the
BACD. On the basis of the supplied data, one will,
at a later stage, be able to measure the efforts made by the
industry and the distribution sector and establish valid statistics.
- Foresee a program to continuously have improvements.
The BACD recommends as typical audit system, the
SQAS Distributors/ESAD, because this type of
assessment is published and accessible to all players in the industry.
However for certain medium and small enterprises, the SQAS/ESAD type
is not necessarily very practical. It is why the BACD has compiled a
document for a SELF ASSESSMENT audit.
This document Self Assessment with guidelines can be downloaded from
A Third Party Verification TPV of the Self Assessment
can be easily audited in combination with existing certification
standards like e.g. ISO 9001, as they have many points in common.
When audited together (by SGS e.g.), the time needed for Responsible
Care can be reduced.
EIGHT GUIDING PRINCIPLES
Member companies are committed to:
- Legal requirements.
Conform with all legal regulations and requirements and should
operate in accordance with both government and industry codes of
practice and guidance associated with heir chemical activities.
ISO 9001 : Par. 5.1.a
- Management of risk.
Ensure that their activities do not present an unacceptable
level of risk to employees, contractors, customers, the public
or the environment.
ISO 9001 : Par. 7.5.
- Policies and documentation.
Have written documentation, which covers their activities, and
ensure that their health, safety and environmental policies
reflect their commitment to A Joint Responsible Distribution/Responsible
Care Programme as an integral part of their business strategy.
ISO 9001 : Par. 5.3. and 4.2.
- Provision of information.
Provide relevant health safety and environmental information on
company products and activities to employees, contractors,
customers, statutory bodies and the public.
ISO 9001 : Par. 5.1. – 7.2. – 7.4. and 7.5.
Ensure that all employees are aware of their commitment and
provide the training necessary to enable them to be involved in
the achievement of health, safety and environmental objectives.
ISO 9001 : Par. 6.
- Emergency response.
Establish and maintain an appropriate emergency response system.
ISO 9001 : Par. 7.5.3. – 8.5.2. and 8.5.3.
- Ongoing improvements.
Support and participate in those activities that will improve
the quality of their own operations and strengthen health,
safety and environmental consciousness and awareness.
ISO 9001 : Par. 8.5. and 5.6.
- Community interaction.
Maintain an awareness of and respond to community concerns that
relate to their activities.
ISO 9001 : Par. 5.5.3. – 7.2.3. and 7.4. .
The BACD regularly supplies information and news
re Responsible Care, on its website.