ACC adds product safety Responsible Care code

17:14 PM | May 6, 2013 | Robert Westervelt

ACC today launched a new Responsible Care product safety code, requiring member companies to implement 11 management practices to evaluate and continuously improve product safety performance. The announcement was made at ACC’s Responsible Care conference, which is being held this week in Hollywood, FL.

“Making safe, innovative products has been and continues to be a core value for the chemical industry,” says ACC president and CEO Cal Dooley. “The product safety code champions transparency, accountability, and science-based product development and improvement, to give consumers added confidence in the safety of the products they use every day." The product safety code “goes above and beyond regulatory requirements to manage the safety of chemicals in products that consumers rely on every day,” ACC says.

The product safety code requires companies to manage safety of their products across the product life cycle “from inception to use, reuse, recycling, and disposal,” ACC says. Companies will conduct scientific analyses of their products, with close consideration of how they are used by all consumers, especially children. ACC says members must provide public access to product safety information and share information across the supply chain so that products are used safety.

The code also requires members to evaluate new information that may have product safety implications as well as take corrective measures if they discover improper practices involving a product.

ACC says the code requires that “company senior executives, including the CEO, commit to a culture of product safety and accountability,” ACC says.

The practices will be implemented over the next three years. Product safety code management practices around leadership, accountability, and prioritization are required to be in place by the end of 2014; practices around information and safety management must be in place by the end of 2015; and product design, performance, measurement, and communication practices by the end of 2016. Full certification of all practices will start in 2017. Adoption of the practices will be mandatory for member companies and verified by independent auditors, ACC says.