SOURCE: National Association of Chemical Distributors

National Association of Chemical Distributors

September 08, 2014 13:29 ET

NACD Member Companies Highlight Chemical Safety at West Virginia Workshop

ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwired - September 08, 2014) - Today, members of NACD joined together with chemical industry colleagues, state agency representatives and community leaders at a workshop focused on enhancing chemical safety and security. The workshop was co-hosted with the West Virginia Manufacturers Association (WVMA), the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and included a special training session run by the American Institute for Chemical Engineers' Center for Chemical Process Safety.

The workshop provided small to mid-size chemical companies, including manufacturers and distributors, in West Virginia the opportunity to learn about the benefits of participating in NACD's Responsible Distribution®, a management system that requires third-party verification, and focuses on continuous improvement in environmental, health, safety, and security (EHS&S) performance.

Community leaders and representatives from state and county emergency management agencies also discussed the need for better coordination and communication during incidents that impact facilities in West Virginia. Representatives from state and local regulatory agencies highlighted legislation signed by Governor Ray Tomblin earlier this year that updated the regulation of above-ground storage tanks and expanded compliance with laws regulating small and medium sized chemical companies.

"NACD's Responsible Distribution provides companies that work with chemicals a framework to enhance safety and secure practices in the handling, storage, use, and transportation of chemicals. We all have a responsibility to work diligently to protect not only the products we carry but our employees and the communities in which we work and live," stated NACD President Eric R. Byer. "We believe today's workshop was a continuation of these core principles and provided an important opportunity to talk with distributors and manufacturers alike about the benefits of Responsible Distribution in West Virginia and beyond."

During the morning program, Steve Fenell, president of Sal Chemical, based in Weirton, W.Va., and Ken Jones, Vice President of Operations, Brenntag Mid-South, Inc, who oversees operations at three locations in West Virginia joined Eric Byer and NACD's Vice President of Responsible Distribution Mike Lang on a panel with ACC members Jerry MacCleary, Bayer MaterialScience and Dean Cordle, AC&S to speak about how their companies have implemented Responsible Distribution and/or Responsible Care into their operations in the state.

Since 1991, NACD has placed the highest priority on the health, safety, and security with the inception of Responsible Distribution. Responsible Distribution is a mandatory, third-party verified environmental, health, safety & security program that lets members demonstrate their commitment to continuous performance improvement in every phase of chemical storage, handling, transportation, and disposal. It also serves to demonstrate their sensitivity and responsiveness to public concerns, and helps them, as elite distributors, be leaders in their communities eager to work with local, state, and federal legislators.

NACD and its nearly 440 member companies are vital to the chemical supply chain providing products to over 750,000 end users. For more information, visit www.NACD.com.

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