RC external audits integrate ISO

Signatories to Responsible Care are integrating their internal and external verification audits with ISO and OHSAS standard systems and ISO certification audits.

RC signatories operating on more than one site, named multi site operators, have to undergo external audit every three years to train RC certification.

The parent organisation for RC, the Chemicals and Allied Industries Association, CAIA, decided in April 2010 to assess third party verification certificates and re-issue certificates to sites, showing amended validity dates.

Responsible Care signatories are encouraged to maintain their systems, despite longer lapses between verification audits.

Stewardship Guide

A Product Stewardship guideline was recently launched in the chemicals sector, as a broad approach to implementing product ‘cradle to grave’ stewardship, aiming to assist companies to design and implement programs based on a management systems approach. The guide includes an implementation checklist relevant to chemicals and chemicals products.

Carbon Footprint guide

A new Carbon Footprint Guideline Document forms part of the Responsible Care Pollution Prevention and Resource Efficiency Management Practice Standard, assisting companies about to embark on a carbon management strategy, and those seeking to improve existing programmes.

The document assists newcomers to carbon footprint management, and describes the major factors to be considered. It includes guidance to companies seeking to improve current carbon management systems.

The documents covers corporate greenhouse gas inventory, reporting of greenhouse gas emissions, defining, as well as calculating and reporting corporate carbon footprint.

The format is based on a methodology adopted by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol’s Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standards for measuring carbon footprints, and the IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories, both considered best practice standards.

The new document provides a typical Data Input Sheet for collecting carbon footprint data, and a worksheet with relevant Emission Factors and Calculations for use in calculating a Carbon Footprint based on collected data.

* Request copies of the documents from RC via rcare@mweb.co.za

Recent RC signatories include;
Derek Oldnall, CEO, Thermopower Process Technology, Olifantsfontein, Midrand
Gerald Spector, CEO, Orthochem, Bethlehem, Free State
Krish Pillay, CEO, Chemical Logistics, Chemlog, Durban
Haroon Salejee, CEO, Syngenta, Brits, Gauteng

Akulu Marchon relocates

During 2009, Akulu Marchon relocated from Wynberg to new premises at Chemserve Park in Chloorkop, Kempton Park. The move was driven by commercial and logistic reasons.

Akulu Marchon will quadruple production from 11 000 tonnes of product per year to 44 000 tonnes per year at full capacity.

Improvement and modernisation of technology in the manufacture of surfactants, ensure energy efficiency, lower electricity consumption, reduced SO2 emissions, reduced occupational health and safety risks.

The manufacturer has moved from a fuel boiler to a Sasol gas boiler, reducing fuel consumption and offering cleaner production.

Logistic improvements results form the move. From the Wynberg site, product was transported to Chemical Service in Chloorkop for storage, transported by truck on public roads. One truck moved a load of 16.8 tonnes three times per day to the Chemical Services site.

Now product is stored on site in Chloorkop, 300m from a Sulphonation Plant. No public roads are used, reducing risk of spillages and health and safety risks, said Sibusiso Mahlangu of Akulu Marchon.

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