SOCMA Commends Member Facilities for Superior EHS&S Performance
18 Qualify for ChemStewards “Excellence” Ranking
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 13, 2010
Manager, Public Relations & Media
Washington, DC – The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) today announced that 18 member facilities are now exceeding industry standards for performance improvement, further demonstrating the effectiveness of SOCMA’s ChemStewards® program which was launched five years ago today.
The facilities reaching this advanced level of performance are represented by the following member companies: Baker Hughes, FujiFilm Imaging Colorants Inc., KMCO LP, McGean Inc., Noramco Inc., Optima Chemical Group LLC, SACHEM, Inc., South Coast Terminals LP, Strem Chemicals Inc., Sun Chemical Corporation Colors and Synthetech Inc.
To qualify for this distinction, known as the Excellence Tier, facilities must surpass key benchmarks for the SOCMA’s Environmental, Health, Safety and Security (EHS&S) program.
“We congratulate these member companies for surpassing the industry standard,” said SOCMA President and CEO Lawrence D. Sloan. “SOCMA launched ChemStewards five years ago to help batch chemical manufacturers optimize their performance, save money and enhance their role as good corporate citizens. We are extremely pleased that in a few short years the program is helping facilities reach superior EHS&S performance.”
Sloan added that approximately 90 percent of manufacturing member facilities are in compliance with ChemStewards to date. To commemorate the program’s five year anniversary and acknowledge the achievement of its members, SOCMA is hosting ChemStewards Week, October 18-22, 2010. Activities include webinars, special acknowledgements and the announcement of the winner of the ChemStewards Video Contest.
ChemStewards is an industry-developed EHS&S program designed for the batch, custom and specialty chemical industry. It is based on a three-tier system with key performance requirements per tier with increasingly levels of difficulty. Tier one is known as Fundamental and tier two is Enhanced Performance – the standard tier for ChemStewards participants. To qualify for Excellence, or tier three, facilities must sign core principles, complete security requirements, meet specific metrics obligations and requirements, have at least one documented management review meeting, and complete a third-party verification of management systems at the Enhanced Performance level.
To maintain their ranking, facilities must sustain EHS&S performance metrics at or above the Excellence criteria.
SOCMA is the only U.S. based trade association dedicated solely to the batch, custom and specialty chemical industry. Since 1921, we have represented a diverse membership of small, medium and large chemical companies, making us the leading authority on this sector. SOCMA has a global membership of more than 200 companies. In the US, members employ more than 100,000 workers across the country and produce 50,000 products valued at $60 billion annually. For more information on our services and products, 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 our environmental footprint. 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.”