ARLINGTON, Va., Aug. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) issued the following statement regarding the White House Executive Order on Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security:
The President's "Executive Order on Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security", released last week highlights essential elements in the field of safety and security, namely effective communication and coordination among all stakeholders.
The chemical industry plays a vital role in the lives of Americans and its industrial community. NACD and our membership share with the Administration and stakeholders the goal of safe and secure chemical operations. Our members have been committed to these principles for decades as demonstrated by their performance under NACD's Responsible Distribution® program. This leading management system not only addresses environmental, health, safety and security elements of our operations, it also involves proactive interactions with local responders and communities so all parties are informed, trained and prepared to respond when and if necessary.
NACD is encouraged that one of the directives in the Executive Order is better coordination of federal chemical regulations. A unified, streamlined approach to reporting, inspections, and enforcement would not only simplify the process for the regulated community and federal agencies alike, it would allow for better compliance as the regulated community would have more clarity and certainty, rather than conflicting requirements, in the regulations they need to follow.
NACD is currently working alongside the Department of Homeland Security and other stakeholders to reach new levels of safety and security. We also look forward to sharing with the White House and the Working Group the best practices of chemical distributors in protecting our facilities and those communities in which we work.
NACD and its over 400 member companies are vital to the chemical supply chain providing products to over 750,000 end users. They make a delivery every seven seconds while maintaining a safety record that is more than twice as good as all manufacturing combined. NACD members are leaders in health, safety, security, and environmental performance through implementation of Responsible Distribution, a third-party verified management practice established in 1991 as a condition of membership. For additional information on our members, their safety record or NACD, visit NACD at www.nacd.com.
Contact: Lucinda Schofer
SOURCE National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD)