CHARLESTON, W.Va., Oct. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, members of the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) met with chemical industry colleagues, community leaders and state officials in West Virginia for the Enhancing Chemical Safety and Environmental Performance workshop. Hosted by NACD, the West Virginia Manufacturers Association, and the American Chemistry Council, the workshop focused on chemical industry best practices and provided local businesses a unique chance to explore efforts that enhance chemical safety and security throughout the supply chain.
The workshop included panels on operations management, chemical handling and safety, and crisis preparation, and allowed attendees to learn from each other in a scenario breakout session focusing on industry-specific issues. Vanessa Allen Sutherland, chairperson of the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board gave the keynote address, while U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito discussed the importance of the chemical industry to West Virginia's economy and improvements made to chemical safety following the recent passage of bipartisan Toxic Substances Control Act legislation.
"NACD members have an average of 26 employees, so we understand that implementing effective environmental, health, safety and security programs can be a challenge for small businesses," said NACD President Eric R. Byer. "Responsible Distribution and similar industry environmental, health, safety and security programs like Responsible Care provide the resources smaller businesses need to ensure they are responsible partners to their suppliers and customers and responsible neighbors in the communities where they operate."
NACD is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its mandatory, third-party verified environmental, health, safety and security program, Responsible Distribution. NACD members experience fewer injuries, fatalities and lost work days than chemical distributors that do not belong to the association and have a safety rating nearly twice as good as all manufacturing combined.
"The chemical industry has a big presence in West Virginia, providing thousands of jobs and generating millions in state and local taxes," Byer said. "Thanks to this workshop, we had a great opportunity to work with members of the chemical industry and leaders in West Virginia about how we can all collaborate to enhance worker and public safety."
NACD and its over 440 member companies are vital to the chemical supply chain providing products to over 750,000 end users. NACD members are leaders in health, safety, security, and environmental performance through implementation of Responsible Distribution, established in 1991 as a condition of membership and a third-party verified management practice. For more information, visit www.NACD.com.
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