This article is brought to you by Canadian Manufacturing regarding the development of a new protocol for chemical management.

WOODBRIDGE, Ontario—The International Warehouse and Logistics Association (IWLA) has created a cross-border protocol for the warehousing of chemicals.

The Responsible Warehousing Protocol sets standards regarding best practices for third-party chemical warehouse operators. The organization’s hope is that eventually these will be approved by organizations such as
the Canadian Association of Chemical Distributors, the US-based National Association of Chemical Distributors and the American Chemistry Council. If that happens, it would reduce or eliminate requests from customers for 3PLs and warehousing companies to undergo repeated, extensive and expensive audits.

The program requires participants to put in place best practices in 11 areas of operations: handling and storage, job procedures and training, compliance review and training, emergency response and public preparedness, document and data control, risk management, internal audits, corrective and preventative actions, community outreach, waste management and resource conservation, and carrier selection.

“We want to distinguish members of the Canadian Warehouse Association and the International Warehouse Association from the pack—to set ourselves as a cut above. When you’re dealing with one of our members, you’re dealing with some really quality people.

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