Friday 13th July was an auspicious day for Sika when the Responsible Care Public Commitment was re-signed by MD Paul Adams and witnessed by the staff contingent at Sika’s Head Office in Westmead, Durban.

Responsible Care is an initiative of the global chemical industry in which companies, through their national associations (CAIA in South Africa), commit to work together to continuously improve: the health and safety of their workers; their environmental performance; and their communication with stakeholders.

Having first signed the Responsible Care pledge in March 2007, Sika has re-committed to implementing the responsible care guiding principles, codes and practices and has requested that all staff contribute to this commitment by: Putting safety first, committing to sustainability, protecting the environment, showing concern for the community, and co-operating with each other.

Responsible Care was launched in Canada in 1985 on the premise that the global chemical industry has a responsibility to ensure that chemicals are made and used safely. The tenets of the Responsible Care pledge are the following:

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS

  •  Pollution
  •  Use of raw materials
  •  Emissions to land, water, and air

HEALTH IMPACTS ON WORKERS AND THE PUBLIC

  • Exposure to chemicals, fumes, dust, vapours
  • Short and long term effects

IMPACT ON SAFETY OF WORKERS AND THE PUBLIC

  • Major Hazard Installations
  • Operational safety and plant safety
  • Emergency preparedness and response

Today Responsible Care is practiced in 53 countries. It launched in South Africa in 1994 and to date has 146 signatory members plus 13 consultant members.