SOURCE: National Association of Chemical Distributors

National Association of Chemical Distributors

January 09, 2015 11:57 ET

On the Anniversary of the West Virginia Elk River Spill, Safety and Security Remain Top Priority

ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwired - January 09, 2015) - The National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) issued the following statement on the anniversary of the chemical spill by Freedom Industries in West Virginia, which impacted the Elk River and surrounding communities in the Charleston area:

"In the past year, much has been reported in the media about the Freedom Industries incident, its impact on the community, and the reaction of state and federal policymakers. Meanwhile, NACD and the broader chemical industry still await the final report from the Chemical Safety Board. Once the report is issued, NACD will carefully review the findings and share any recommendations with our membership.

"The need to proactively protect our communities, employees, and the environment has always been a priority for NACD members, who launched NACD Responsible Distribution®, a mandatory environment, health, safety, and security (EHS&S) management system, more than 23 years ago. Our members have dedicated significant time and resources to protect the safety and integrity of their operations through implementation of NACD's Responsible Distribution® program.

"Last September, NACD joined with the American Chemistry Council (ACC) and the West Virginia Manufacturers Association in hosting a workshop educating state policymakers as well as local chemical companies about the need to participate in an EHS&S program like Responsible Distribution and ACC's Responsible Care. We are working hard to encourage companies who are not part of the association, like Freedom Industries, to join with us to learn practices of excellence from their peers and improve their daily operations.

"Through Responsible Distribution, NACD members have invested millions of dollars and substantial resources to safeguard their employees, communities, facilities, and equipment in the handling, storage, and transportation of their products. In the months and years ahead, NACD will continue to educate chemical distributors on industry best practices and strengthen the safety and security of the industry as a whole."

NACD and its nearly 450 member companies are vital to the chemical supply chain providing products to over 750,000 end users. They make a delivery every six seconds while maintaining a safety record that is more than twice as good as all manufacturing combined. NACD members are leaders in health, safety, security, and environmental performance through implementation of Responsible Distribution. For additional information on our members, their safety record or NACD, visit NACD at www.nacd.com.

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