Transporting dangerous goods, including hazardous chemicals, is associated with specific risks that could cause harm to people, animals, property and the environment in the event of an accident. It is therefore essential for hauliers and logistics service providers to have management systems in place to properly identify and control the risks arising from the transport of dangerous chemicals.
“During August this year the Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA) will train more than 20 auditors 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.
“The Responsible Care® Safety and Quality Assessment System Southern Africa (SQAS-SA) Auditor Training is designed to evaluate the quality, safety and environmental performance of hauliers and logistics service providers and chemical distributors by means of standardised assessments carried out by independent CAIA approved third-party auditors every two years,” she says.
SQAS was originated by the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC), with CAIA setting up SQAS-SA, a similar system, which was modified to suit local needs.
“Representatives from CEFIC, in collaboration with CAIA, will conduct the training of local auditors at CAIA, who will then expand their audit territories to the rest of Africa.
“SQAS-SA audits provide a mechanism to evaluate performance and promote continuous improvement within organisations. The audits are carried out by professional auditors who have been trained and accredited by CAIA for each type of assessment module. Their performance is closely monitored by CAIA to ensure high and uniform quality of SQAS-Southern Africa assessments across Africa,” says Penfold.
Current auditors will be trained 14 and 15 August 2017 and all potential auditors will be trained from 16 to 17 August 2017 at CAIA’s offices in Rosebank, Johannesburg. A site visit for all participants will take place on 18 August 2017.
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.
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