Linde North America re-qualified for ACC's Responsible Care certification

20-May-2010 - USA

Linde North America headquarters in Murray Hill, New Jersey, has re-qualified for the Responsible Care® certification from the American Chemistry Council (ACC).

Linde North America is a member of The Linde Group, a world-leading gases and engineering company. Responsible Care is a globally recognized best practice initiative to improve safety, health, environment and security performance by member companies throughout the world. Certification is granted by the ACC to those companies that demonstrate adherence to a strict set of standards that are designed to improve safety, health, environment and security performance.

This is the second time Linde’s Murray Hill facility has received the Responsible Care certification. It had received its initial certification in May 2008. Since that time, the company has completed certification of 12 of its production plants located throughout the U.S. Four more Linde plants are scheduled for certification later this year.

The Responsible Care management system offers an integrated, structured approach to drive results in seven key areas: community awareness and emergency response; security; distribution; employee health and safety; pollution prevention; process safety; and product stewardship.

Implementation of the Responsible Care management system is a “plan-do-check-act” process. Companies must first plan – that is, identify, assess and evaluate potential hazards and risks associated with their products, processes, distribution and other operations – and establish goals and objectives to address any significant hazards and risks. Next, they must do what they have planned. Communicating with employees and other stakeholders is essential.

Then companies must check their progress. This stage highlights performance measurement and corrective action. Finally, companies must act. Senior management periodically reviews the continuing suitability, adequacy and effectiveness of the Responsible Care management system and makes any necessary changes to enhance performance. The results of this process are shared with a company’s stakeholders.

A key part of the Responsible Care management system process is mandatory certification by an independent, accredited auditor. All companies taking part in the process undergo headquarters and facility audits to assure that they have a structure and system in place to measure, manage and verify performance. Lloyds of London was the independent auditor for Linde North America’s Murray Hill, New Jersey audit.

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