American Chemical Council honors A. Duie Pyle

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Transportation and logistics provider A. Duie Pyle has been accepted into the American Chemical Council’s Responsible Care Partnership Program, a global initiative to assure the safe and secure management of chemical products and processes.

While participation is mandatory for members of the American Chemical Council, companies that are part of the supply chain can apply for acceptance into the program as a Responsible Care Partner. “Our partnership program is all about chemical security and safety from cradle to grave,” says David Gleason, ACC Responsible Care senior director. “As a company that transports chemicals, A. Duie Pyle is a critical player in this effort.”

“While we already had outstanding safety processes in place, we felt that becoming a Responsible Care Partner was the right thing to do,” says Steve O’Kane, president of West Chester, Pa.-based A. Duie Pyle. “It further demonstrates our commitment to chemical industry manufacturers, our neighbors, our drivers and the people in the communities where our trucks are traveling.”

Gaining acceptance as a Responsible Care Partner is a rigorous process, and a company first must be sponsored by two ACC member companies who thinks the company nominated has the necessary senior management commitment to safety and security and the processes necessary to fulfill that commitment. A. Duie Pyle was sponsored by BASF and Rohm and Haas.

Once nominated, a company is required to provide detailed documentation of its safety systems and performance record. A. Duie Pyle says its current safety and security measures include real-time satellite-enabled shipment visibility; ongoing monitoring of personnel; en-route and carrier facility security; a sophisticated infrastructure with guarded, monitored terminals; and secure fleet equipment.

After reviewing documentation of these systems, site inspections are conducted by ACC advisers. Finally, the nominated company must be approved by both the Responsible Care Council, made up of senior leaders in the chemical industry; and the ACC Board of Directors, consisting of 45 chief executive officers and presidents of chemical companies.

Now that A. Duie Pyle has been accepted into the program, the company will be required to meet ongoing safety and security standards that include measurement and public reporting of performance, third-party audits and security management program certification. The company also will be required to conduct a vulnerability assessment and develop security measures to protect against terrorism.

O’Kane is confident that A. Duie Pyle will excel in meeting all Responsible Care Partnership Program performance standards. “When it comes to safety, it’s really all about training and discipline,” he says. “That’s what gets it done.”