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Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association conducts much-needed training of SQAS Southern Africa auditors

The Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA) is currently training a total of 50 SQAS Southern Africa auditors at its head office in Rosebank, Johannesburg, in collaboration with the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC).

In 1994 the Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA) launched the Responsible Care® programme in South Africa. Responsible Care® is the global chemical industry’s unique initiative to improve health, safety and environmental performance and to communicate with stakeholders about products and processes.

“The Responsible Care® Safety and Quality Assessment System Southern Africa (SQAS-SA) is designed to evaluate the quality, safety and environmental performance of hauliers and logistics service providers and chemical distributors by means of standardised assessments,” says Deidré Penfold, Executive Director of CAIA.


Victor Trapini presenting a lecture at CAIA SQAS-SA Auditor Training

The transporting of hazardous materials poses specific risks that make it essential for hauliers and logistics service providers to have management systems in place to identify and control these risks.

Failure to do so can cause harm to people, animals, property and the environment in the event of an accident.

According to Penfold SQAS Southern Africa is a management system similar to the ISO quality management system.

“SQAS Southern Africa covers many elements of the ISO standards and more. It looks at things like legal compliance, driver employment, driver training, driver wellness, emergency procedures, risk assessments, vehicle maintenance, tyre maintenance, operational controls, security, on-road behaviour of drivers, and the quality of the vehicle itself. The principle behind it is that a company will implement the management system and an independent auditor will conduct an audit of the system every two years to ensure quality and safety for all.”

The SQAS-SA auditing process covers three sectors namely:

  • Road transportation
  • Warehousing operations
  • Tanker washing facilities

The SQAS-SA auditor training ends on Friday, 18 August, when a site visit for all participants will be conducted.

For further information or to set up an interview, please contact

Deidre Penfold at 083 419 3281.

About CAIA

The South African chemical industry is represented by the Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA) which has 164 members including chemical manufacturers, traders and industry service providers.

As an association that forms part of a worldwide network of chemical industry associations, CAIA seeks to promote the continuous improvement of performance in the safety, health and environmental arenas as well as to boost productivity and competitiveness of the chemical and allied industries in South Africa, thereby enhancing their sustainability.

Members are mainly big and medium size companies drawn from base chemicals, fertilizers, plastics in primary form, pesticides and other agricultural products, explosives and speciality chemicals. CAIA’s primary goals are to promote Responsible Care®, to earn public trust for the chemical industry, to improve the efficiency of its advocacy efforts, to support education initiatives in science, engineering and technology and to create maximum value for member companies.

The Association interacts with a number of employer bodies, the Chemical Industries’ Education & Training Authority, various professional societies and other associations representing sub-sections of the industry. CAIA is the custodian of the global Responsible Care® initiative, which was launched in South Africa in 1994. Through this initiative, companies make a formal public commitment to continuously improve their safety, health, and environmental performance.

CAIA operates through a board comprised of Chief Executive Officers of member companies, and the day-to-day running of the association is led by the Executive Director, Deidré Penfold.

About Responsible Care®

CAIA launched the Responsible Care® initiative in South Africa in 1994. This is the global chemical industry’s unique initiative to improve health, safety and environmental performance and to communicate with stakeholders about products and processes. In addition to this programme, CAIA provides linkages to sustainability in the chemical industries’ value chain through advocacy, training, support of educational drives in maths and science and the advancement of these concepts into sub-Saharan Africa.

CAIA is a member of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), the worldwide voice of the chemical industry, representing chemical manufacturers and producers all over the world and is recognised by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). These international alliances allow the Association to source best practice in training, information, advocacy and legislative compliance.

Issued by

Helen Ueckermann

082 603 3335

On behalf of the Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA)

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