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American Chemistry CouncilTITLE: RC14001 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONDocument Number: RC151.05RC14001 : 2013Issue Date: May 1, 2013RC14001TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Responsible Care RC14001 :2013Formatting NoteThis Technical Specification Document includes references to international standard ISO14001:2004 – Environmental Management Systems and additional Responsible Careelements following each section of the standard. This is intended to assist organizationsand auditors in understanding the relationship between ISO 14001 EnvironmentalManagement Systems Standard and the expanded Responsible Care scope of thisdocument. Both the ISO 14001 and the Responsible Care requirements shall be includedin order for an organization to receive certification of its RC14001 management system.ISO 14001This Technical Specification document includes relevant provisions of the text ofinternational standard ISO-14001:2004 – Environmental Management Systems. The textof ISO14001 is the first set of requirements in each numbered section of this document(beginning on page 6).These materials are reproduced with the prior written permission of the AmericanNational Standards Institute (ANSI) acting on behalf of itself and the InternationalOrganization for Standardization (ISO). No part of this publication may be copied orreproduced in any form, including an electronic retrieval system or be made available onthe Internet, a public network, by satellite or otherwise without the prior writtenpermission of ANSI, 25 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036. American Chemistry Council 2002/2005/2008/2013 International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 2004American Chemistry CouncilRC151.05 – May 20132

Responsible Care RC14001 :2013Table of ContentsIntroductionPage 4Specification RequirementsPage 6Appendix 1 Definitions and InterpretationsPage 18Appendix 2 ACC Responsible Care Initiative RequirementsPage 22Appendix 3 Responsible Care Organizations and ContactsPage 23Appendix 4 References and ResourcesPage 27Appendix 5The Nature and Purpose of the RC14001Technical SpecificationDocument Control InformationAmerican Chemistry CouncilRC151.05 – May 2013Page 28Page 313

Responsible Care RC14001 :2013IntroductionResponsible CareResponsible Care is an initiative managed by chemical associations, developed andadopted along with their member companies to continuously improve environmental,health and safety (EHS) performance of their operations and products in a mannerresponsive to the concerns of the public. Responsible Care was first adopted as a newmodel for the management of chemicals by the Chemistry Industry Association ofCanada (CIAC), formerly the Canadian Chemical Producers Association (CCPA), in1985 and has since been adopted by chemical associations and their members in morethan 57 national and regional chemical industry associations. Responsible Care is thebasis of significant cultural change within the chemical industry which leads to improvedperformance and new levels of dialogue with the public about issues of mutual concern.The global chemical industry has embraced Responsible Care because it is viewed as“good citizenship” with a positive impact on companies’ economic bottom line andcompetitiveness. For the individual company, implementation of Responsible Care leadsto improved efficiency, lower environment, health and safety costs and improvedrelations with stakeholders. For the global chemical industry, successful implementationof Responsible Care demonstrates an appropriate public policy which protects its licenseto operate and its ability to innovate and meet society’s demands for its products. For thepublic, successful implementation of Responsible Care ensures that the chemical industrywill continue to provide beneficial products to society and continually reduce its impacts,while maximizing its positive contributions to human health, the economy and society.One of the key tenets of Responsible Care is openness and responsiveness to public andother stakeholder concerns about the management of chemicals. Therefore, the chemicalindustry has a keen appreciation of the need to seek input from the public and otherinterested groups, include this input in its development of policies, programs andpriorities, and report on its progress in these areas.RC14001RC14001 was originally developed by the American Chemistry Council(www.americanchemistry.com) for use by its members and Responsible Care Partners aspart of its Responsible Care certification process and reflects ACC program priorities(e.g., Security). The RC14001 Technical Specification set forth below combines theelements of the American Chemistry Council’s (“ACC”) Responsible Care initiative withthose of the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System, adopted by the InternationalOrganization for Standardization (“ISO”) in 1996 and as amended in 2004. RC14001enables a company to obtain, through an application and audit process, a certification thatits management system conforms to both the ISO 14001 standard and a broader scope ofResponsible Care elements. For ACC’s members and Responsible Care Partners,American Chemistry CouncilRC151.05 – May 20134

Responsible Care RC14001 :2013RC14001 certification, in accordance with established requirements, allows them to meetthe Council’s certification requirements.This Technical Specification has two components. The first is the actual text of ISO14001. The second component, contained in the corresponding boxed areas, is theadditional Responsible Care elements required under the RC14001 scope. ACC believesthat the use of this Technical Specification or an alternative option known as RCMS (which is available only to ACC companies) by its members and Responsible CarePartners can assist them in achieving the desirable goals and objectives set forth in bothResponsible Care and ISO 14001. Certain terms specific to the Responsible Carerequirements are underlined in the “boxed” sections of the document and defined inAppendix 1. Interpretive notes related to the policy section of the document are alsoincluded in Appendix 1.While originally developed by ACC for use by its companies, RC14001 is applicable andavailable on a worldwide basis to organizations regardless of their operations and ACCencourages the use of RC14001 if it meets an organization’s business needs.Organizations outside the ACC membership seeking RC14001 certification mustconform to the requirements set forth in ACC’s procedure documents which can beaccessed at cesResources.Certification bodies seeking to provide RC14001 certification must likewise conform tothe requirements set forth in the ACC procedures and obtain accreditation from adesignated accreditation body. Information links on accreditation bodies authorized byACC to provide accreditation services and accredited certification bodies can also befound on cesResources.An organization which obtains RC14001 certification may identify itself as being“RC14001 certified” within the scope of its management system. RC14001certification does not confer any rights to use the Responsible Care logo or toidentify the organization as a “Responsible Care” entity. Use of the ResponsibleCare logo and name are restricted to companies which meet the Responsible Caremembership and program requirements established by national and regionalchemical federations. A listing of chemical federations with recognized ResponsibleCare programs can be found in Appendix 3. Membership in one of these nationalor regional chemical federations does not necessarily mean that the organization is aparticipant in Responsible Care and eligible to use the name and logo.American Chemistry CouncilRC151.05 – May 20135

Responsible Care RC14001 :2013RC14001 Technical Specification4 Environmental management system requirements4.1 General requirementsThe organization shall establish, document, implement, maintain and continually improvean environmental management system in accordance with the requirements of thisInternational Standard and determine how it will fulfill these requirements.The organization shall define and document the scope of its environmental managementsystem.Additional Responsible Care RequirementsInclude Responsible Care and health, safety and security in all above.4.2 Environmental policyTop management shall define the organization’s environmental policy and ensure that,within the defined scope of its environmental management system, ita) is appropriate to the nature, scale and environmental impacts of its activities, productsand services,b) includes a commitment to continual improvement and prevention of pollution,c) includes a commitment to comply with applicable legal requirements and with otherrequirements to which the organization subscribes which relate to its environmentalaspects,d) provides the framework for setting and reviewing environmental objectives andtargets,e) is documented, implemented and maintained,f) is communicated to all persons working for or on behalf of the organization, andg) is available to the public.American Chemistry CouncilRC151.05 – May 20136

Responsible Care RC14001 :2013Additional Responsible Care RequirementsInclude Responsible Care and health, safety and security in all above. Also, include thatthe policy:h) is supported by a demonstration of visible leadership, commitment and involvementfrom senior management and other levels of the organization with respect toResponsible Care,i) shall promote openness with stakeholders,j) reflects a commitment to the Responsible Care Guiding Principles.4.3 Planning4.3.1 Environmental aspectsThe organization shall establish, implement and maintain a procedure(s)a) to identify the environmental aspects of its activities, products and services withinthe defined scope of the environmental management system that it can control andthose that it can influence taking into account planned or new developments, or newor modified activities, products and services, andb) to determine those aspects that have or can have significant impact(s) on theenvironment (i.e. significant environmental aspects).The organization shall document this information and keep it up to date.The organization shall ensure that the significant environmental aspects are taken intoaccount in establishing, implementing and maintaining its environmental managementsystem.Additional Responsible Care RequirementsInclude Responsible Care and health, safety and security in all above. Also establish,implement and maintain procedures to:c) assess and prioritize transportation risk,d) assess and prioritize risk for new, existing and changes to existing products,e) assess and prioritize risk for new, existing and changes to existing processes,American Chemistry CouncilRC151.05 – May 20137

Responsible Care RC14001 :2013f) monitor emerging environmental, health, safety and security concerns relevant to theorganization’s business and maintain current information related to hazards and risksfor: Products Processes Activities associated with its operationsThe organization shall also consider operational energy efficiency and wasteminimization, reuse and recycling when identifying its aspects and impacts.4.3.2 Legal and other requirementsThe organization shall establish, implement and maintain a procedure(s)a) to identify and have access to the applicable legal requirements and otherrequirements to which the organization subscribes related to its environmentalaspects, andb) to determine how these requirements apply to its environmental aspects.The organization shall ensure that these applicable legal requirements and otherrequirements to which the organization subscribes are taken into account in establishing,implementing and maintaining its environmental management system.Additional Responsible Care RequirementsInclude Responsible Care and health, safety and security in all above.4.3.3 Objectives, targets and programme(s)The organization shall establish, implement and maintain documented environmentalobjectives and targets, at relevant functions and levels within the organization.The objectives and targets shall be measurable, where practicable, and consistent with theenvironmental policy, including the commitments to prevention of pollution, tocompliance with applicable legal requirements and with other requirements to which theorganization subscribes, and to continual improvement.When establishing and reviewing its objectives and targets, an organization shall takeinto account the legal requirements and other requirements to which the organizationsubscribes, and its significant environmental aspects. It shall also consider itstechnological options, its financial, operational and business requirements, and the viewsof interested parties.American Chemistry CouncilRC151.05 – May 20138

Responsible Care RC14001 :2013The organization shall establish and maintain a programme(s) for achieving its objectivesand targets. Programme(s) shall includea) designation of responsibility for achieving objectives and targets at relevant functionsand levels of the organization, andb) the means and time-frame by which they are to be achieved.Additional Responsible Care RequirementsInclude Responsible Care and health, safety and security in all above4.4 Implementation and operation4.4.1 Resources, roles, responsibility and authorityManagement shall ensure the availability of resources essential to establish, implement,maintain and improve the environmental management system. Resources include humanresources and specialized skills, organizational infrastructure, technology and financialresources.Roles, responsibilities and authorities shall be defined, documented and communicated inorder to facilitate effective environmental management.The organization’s top management shall appoint a specific managementrepresentative(s) who, irrespective of other respo

Both the ISO 14001 and the Responsible Care requirements shall be included in order for an organization to receive certification of its RC14001 management system. ISO 14001 This Technical Specification document includes relevant provisions of the text of international standard ISO-14001:2004 – Environmental Management Systems. The text of ISO14001 is the first set of requirements in each .

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