An invitation from the International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA) to representatives from the American Chemistry Council (ACC) to speak during the IWLA Chemical Council Meeting in conjunction with the September 2013 Legislative Fly-in in Washington D.C., has opened a new door of opportunity: The IWLA Chemical Council has joined the American Alliance for Innovation (AAI).
AAI is a coalition of trade associations interested in chemical management reform and related chemical security issues including good science, confidential business information, reform of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program and Scientific Advisory Board, etc.
The alliance is a great platform to leverage the IWLA position on the most important issues. “It is an opportunity for IWLA to network with other groups with similar interests and, we hope, make a difference on the important issues together,” says IWLA Washington Representative Pat O’Connor of Kent & O’Connor.
IWLA joins approximately 170 other organizations belonging to AAI, representing various stages along the chemical chain.
Historical Brief of IWLA Chemical Council
In November 2012, IWLA announced the creation of the association’s Chemical Council and the Responsible Warehouse Protocol, a guideline of best practices for warehouse-based third-party logistics providers handling chemicals. The council serves as a gathering place for members to exchange information about these best practices, and changes in legislation and regulation in their segment of the industry.
IWLA Chemical Council Chairman John Kiser, president of Kiser Harriss Chemical Distribution Centers based in Belmont, N.C., leads the group in staying on top of administrative and legislative activities moving through Congress and the federal agencies, relying on Pat O’Connor to be its eyes and ears in Washington. The group actively monitors rules and legislation, and offer opinions where appropriate, calling on all council members for their opinions and assistance.
In addition, says council member Bob Dineen, CWLP, president of Dominion Warehousing & Distribution Services, Ltd., based in Toronto, Canada, the council is eager to collaborate with the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada and the American Chemistry Council, to adopt all elements of their Responsible Care program into the Responsible Warehousing Protocol.
The next Chemical Council meeting will be in conjunction with the 2014 IWLA Convention & Expo, March 23- 25, 2014, in Phoenix, Ariz. Registration opening soon—stay tuned.