Just as in a successful golf swing, follow-through is an essential element of any good security plan developed by chemical distributors.
That was one of the messages presented at the InteChem07: Security, Stewardship, Supply Chain Conference October 2 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Chemical distributors are integrating security into their operations by developing a “plan, do, check, and act” process, according to information from the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD).
NACD member David Binder of Tanner Industries Inc was one of the presenters who discussed how chemical distributors are integrating security into existing management systems. He noted distribution and security challenges that are presented to chemical companies, including the multitude of vendors, suppliers, and end-users that must be considered where security is concerned.
When a security program calls for employees to design a plan, implement it, check to see that the plan is working, and then act accordingly when the situation calls for it, scarce resources can be placed where they are needed most.
Consistently integrating security into existing management systems is a necessary part of the program. Many performance improvement programs now focus on security along with environment, health, and safety, and integrate these aspects into an effective overall systems approach.
Binder pointed out the value of the NACD Responsible Distribution Process, its mandatory management system, and how the program addresses distribution security in the areas of product handling and storage, carrier selection, and product stewardship.
The Responsible Distribution Process requires members to continuously improve performance in protecting health, safety, and the environment. The program is designed to be sensitive and responsive to community needs and public concerns. It embodies the commitment of each member company to the responsible management of chemical products.
NACD members play a leadership role in their communities as technical and safety resources and are eager to provide the same assistance and guidance to local, state, and federal legislators on technical issues relating to the safe handling, storage, transportation, use, and disposal of chemical products, according to NACD.