a global voice for the industry -- The world Chlorine Council is a global network of national and regional trade association and their member companies representing the chlorine and chlorinated products industries.
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WCC and its member companies are committed to the principles of responsible stewardship through Responsible CareŽ Programs. Chlorinated substances are used widely in our everyday lives. Our goal is to help protect public health and the environment while maximizing the overall benefits our products provide to society.

  • Identify and promote technologies that will improve health, safety and environmental performance within the industry

  • Support performance standards, "best practice" models and successful programs that are already underway at facilities around the world

  • Foster cooperation between companies, governments and organizations to reduce the risks posed by persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic compounds without imposing unnecessary adverse social or economic consequences

  • Help communities throughout the world improve public health and quality of life by sponsoring educational partnerships and disaster relief efforts

Specific Examples of WCC Stewardship Efforts Include:

Global Stewardship Workshops - As part of its stewardship efforts, the WCC has created standardized workshops on environmental, health, and safety issues and best practices that can be applied anywhere around the globe. With a focus on capacity building, special emphasis is being given to offering these workshops in developing countries and countries with economies in transition, in order to share state-of-the-art practices and resources on a global level. To date, workshops have been held in China, Brazil, and India with additional workshops planned for 2003.

Global Safety Program - The WCC Global Safety Program was established to promote safe practices and to help producers, distributors, and users of chlorine continuously improve their safety performance. The Program includes the following elements

  • Safety Promotion - Promoting safety throughout the industry by sharing and seeking best practices, outreach to chlorine handlers/users, and coordinating safety recommendations among the various WCC member associations.
  • Identifying "Chlorine Safety Stewards" - To date over 70 Chlorine Safety Stewards have been identified at facilities around the world - representing at 25% of known companies.

Science Research - In the area of science research, the WCC focuses primarily on 1.) coordinating existing science and new research on chlorine and chlorinated compounds, and 2.) coordinating and harmonizing industry activities to fulfill obligations for chlorine chemistry products under the High Production Volume Testing Initiative.

  • Global Science Forums - The WCC has sponsored two Global Science Forums for regulators, legislators, scientists, academics, and industry representatives involved in environmental health, and safety aspects of chlorine chemistry.
  • Chemical Testing - The WCC maintains a database for tracking the commitment made by companies, countries and consortia, which are reporting on chlorinated High Production Volume (HPV) chemicals. The overall goal of the WCC is to ensure a basic set of hazard information for all chlorine chemicals of importance to our industry.
  • Table of WCC HPV Chemical

Responsible CareŽ is the global initiative developed and adopted by chemical industry associations to improve the health, safety and environmental performance of their member company operations and products and the level of community involvement and awareness of the industry. To date, Responsible CareŽ has been adopted by the chemical industry in 46 countries.



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