CICM targets 21 more firms for responsible care scheme


  • Business
  • Friday, 11 Apr 2003

BY DAVID TAN in PENANG

CHEMICAL Industries Council Of Malaysia (CICM) is targeting at least 21 more companies in the country to sign up for the Responsible Care Programme (RCP) this year. 

CICM RCP technical adviser Harminder Singh told StarBiz that currently 79 chemical companies in Malaysia were signatories to the programme. 

RCP is an industry initiative that has been adopted by chemical companies to continually improve environmental, heath, and safety aspects of their operations and products. 

Datuk Toh Kin Woon launches the highlights of the responsible care codes of management practices in Bahasa Malaysia in Penang. On the right is Harminder Singh.

Harminder said the already-enlisted 79 companies were affiliates of CICM, which has 107 members. 

“We are targeting to rope in another 21 chemical companies, particularly from the small- and medium-sized industries sector. 

“CICM carries out some 50 workshops and seminars on RCP annually,'' he said, adding that non-CICM members could also become RCP signatories. 

Harminder was speaking at the launch of the “Highlights of The Responsible Care Codes Of Management in Bahasa Malaysia'' by Penang state executive councillor Datuk Dr Toh Kin Woon last week. 

He said that by becoming a signatory to the RCP a company could improve its business and image, as it would be regarded as one that adhered to international health, safety, and environmental guidelines. 

“Although CICM is the steward for responsible care in the country, we still have yet to make it compulsory for our members to become signatories to the RCP. 

“The fear is that by making it a ruling, companies will stay away from CICM, making it even more difficult for us to expose them to RCP’s guiding principles and codes of management and persuade them to become signatories,” he said. 

Harminder said the six codes that had been translated into Bahasa Malaysia were related to distribution, community awareness and emergency response, pollution prevention, process safety, employee health and safety, and product stewardship. 

“The purpose of translating it into BM is to allow those chemical companies which have difficulty understanding the codes in English to gain an insight into RCP's guidelines and codes of management,” he said. 

Harminder said once a chemical company had become a signatory, it would be briefed on RCP's management, focusing on specific areas of chemical manufacturing, transport, research, and handling. 

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