New Anti-Terrorism Standards for Chemical Manufacturers, Users, and Distributors
Six years after the 9/11 attacks and 12 years on from the Oklahoma City bombing, the risk of a terrorist attack against chemical facilities and other critical U.S. infrastructure remains a serious homeland security issue. Many chemical companies have proactively set their own security standards and are working closely with federal, state, and local government agencies. Organizations such as the American Chemistry Council have led the way, developing a voluntary security regimen under the Responsible Care program. Its 130 members have invested nearly $5bn ( 3.2bn) since 2001 to enhance security at their facilities.
However, concerns about chemical security extend well beyond the confines of chemical manufacturers to a variety of chemical users and distributors, which may not be fully aware of the potential terrorist danger certain chemicals pose and may not have taken appropriate security measures.
The result is the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) regulatory framework, put forth last year by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) by authorization of Congress. All provisions of CFATS became operative last November.
The DHS regulations cover a wide range of organizations that...
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Supply Chain Consultants Solution Helps Constar Better Respond to Forecast Variability
Constar is one of those companies whose products are ubiquitous but whose name is little known by the consumers using them. A major supplier of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic containers for food and beverages, Constar applies other companies' labels and brands to the 8 billion containers that it produces each year.
"In terms of production, ours is really not a very complex business," says Deep Parmar, senior director of sales administration and customer service at Philadelphia-based Constar. "We purchase resin from our suppliers, which we convert into test-tube-shaped containers that are then blown out into bottles of various sizes. We are talking about 6,000 to 6,500 SKUs."
The complexity for Constar lies in ...
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SAP Creates Application for Energy Measurement and Consumption
SAP AG has made available a new software application, which allows companies to measure, report and consume energy. The vendor's Industry Value Network group for chemicals has worked to develop energy-management capabilities within SAP's Environmental Compliance application. The group set out to create a tool that would...
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Cost of EU Chemical Regulation May Be Out of Reach for Some
The Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals regulation, or REACH, is a new European Union statute obligating manufacturers to demonstrate the safety of their chemicals as a condition of manufacture or sale in the EU.
The REACH "registration" regime became effective June 1, 2008. After that date, in order for a chemical to be manufactured or imported into the EU, it must be registered with the new European Chemicals Agency (EChA) in Helsinki, Finland. "Existing" chemicals, primarily those on the European Inventory of Existing Chemical Substances list, are eligible for extended registration deadlines from November 2010 through June 2018, depending on volume or hazards. However, manufacturers must "pre-register" during the six-month phase-in period from July 1 through November 30, 2008.
The registration regime applies to any manufacturer or importer meeting a threshold of...
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Chemicals, Life Sciences the Fastest-Globalizing Industries?
You're globalizing--fast. At one end of the supply chain, your company is expanding its global supply base in low-cost regions. At the other end, it's selling into new markets in countries you never heard of. And in the middle, it's setting up...
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GAC Sets Up New Company in Kazakhstan; Focuses on Central Asia
GAC, a Swedish provider of shipping, logistics and marine services, has established a new operation in Kazakhstan. GAC Kazakhstan LLP was registered in Almaty, the country's capital and commercial center. GAC's initial goal was to secure logistics business conducted with GAC China, which has seen significant growth over the past two to three years, the company said. That business consists primarily of...
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