SOCMA Announces Launch of ChemAlliance.org to Boost Regulatory Compliance
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 24, 2009
Manager, Public Relations & Media
Washington, DC – The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) announced today the formal launch of ChemAlliance®, a significant new online compliance assistance service to aid chemical manufacturers and distributors of their regulatory obligations. ChemAlliance® is found on the web at www.chemalliance.org.
Formerly funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), ChemAlliance® was acquired by SOCMA in May and rebuilt to improve the online center’s content and usability.
“ChemAlliance® helps fulfill SOCMA’s efforts to create additional member benefits and broaden our scope of activity to reflect service to the batch, custom and specialty chemical industry, which began with our name change earlier this year,” said Joe Acker, SOCMA President. “Regulatory mandates are at an all-time high, and so are the challenges companies face to keep up with them,” Acker said. “The addition of ChemAlliance® to the services SOCMA provides further demonstrates our strong commitment to improved industry performance.”
Among the features ChemAlliance® offers include a virtual chemical plant tour, which provides regulatory information and compliance assistance tips for over 20 manufacturing operations within a typical chemical plant. ChemAlliance® also includes a regular newsfeed and guest articles on relevant EHS&S topics, an “Ask SOCMA” feature allowing visitors to inquire about regulatory issues, a listing of EHS&S-related events, a detailed glossary of regulatory terms, and much more. Eventually, ChemAlliance® will also host webinars and podcasts, which will be archived on the site. SOCMA members will have exclusive access to all portions of this new online resource. However, annual subscriptions will be available to non-members for a fee.
“ChemAlliance® is a valuable learning tool for EHS&S managers, whether they are regulatory veterans or are new to the industry,” said Bill Allmond, SOCMA’s Vice President of Government Relations and ChemStewards®. “It will be the place compliance managers go to when they need regulatory information and compliance assistance,” he said.
EPA will continue to serve in a technical advisory role with Battelle, which managed the site from 1996 to 2009.
A podcast introducing ChemAlliance® and summarizing its features can be found on SOCMA’s website by clicking on “Podcast.”
SOCMA is the leading trade association, serving the batch, custom and specialty chemical industry since 1921. SOCMA’s nearly 300 members employ more than 100,000 workers across the country and produce 50,000 products valued at $60 billion annually. For more information please visit www.socma.com.
ChemStewards® is SOCMA’s flagship environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) continuous performance improvement program. ChemStewards was created from industry’s commitment to reducing the environmental footprint left by member’s facilities. Industry created ChemStewards to meet the unique needs of the batch, custom, and specialty chemical industry. As a mandatory requirement for SOCMA members engaged in the manufacturing or handling of chemicals, ChemStewards is helping participants reach for superior EHS&S performance. To learn more visit www.chemstewards.com.
What Members Are Saying…
“Several of our facilities are involved in processes related to food and feed applications and must be certified under various initiatives. We have found that in many cases the systems we have established under the ChemSystems program serve as great building platforms for meeting the requirements for these other certifications, and as a result the approval process has been greatly simplified.”