Environmental Protection

Chemical Distributors Group Sponsors TRANSCAER

The National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) is sponsoring the TRANSCAER® (Transportation Community Awareness & Emergency Response) program, which is a voluntary, national outreach effort to help communities prepare for and respond to a possible hazardous material transportation incident.

Program members consist of volunteer representatives from the chemical manufacturing, transportation, distributor, and emergency response industries, as well as the government.

"NACD distributor members, as well as our Chemical Handler and Chemical Supplier Affiliates, demonstrate implementation of environmental, health, security, and safety (EHS&S) policies and procedures under RDP's (Responsible Distribution ProcessSM) Code of Management Practice," said NACD's President Chris Jahn. "As a sponsor of TRANSCAER®, not only will our members and Affiliates improve their own organizational readiness for emergency preparedness, but they will also be able to provide more guidance to local officials and improve awareness in their communities."

Successfully demonstrating implementation of EHS&S policies and procedures under RDP's Code of Management Practice to an independent third-party verifier has been a condition of membership in NACD since 1997. RDP Verification (RDPV) is required once every 36 months.

In keeping with RDP's goal for continuous improvement, significant enhancements were incorporated into this third cycle, on-site RDP Verification process. RDP Verification is and has been management systems-based and now also addresses operationally based EHS&S issues applicable to the site being verified. Verifications of NACD member companies are ongoing.

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