“The biggest accomplishment in 2013 was the acceptance of the Responsible Warehousing Protocol (RWP) by the council members and making sure everyone embraces the protocol through the verification process,” says chairman John Kiser, president of Kiser Harriss Chemical Distribution based in Belmont, N.C.
Fellow council member Van Brunt Logistics completed its verification recently through the RWP program and, according to Kiser, LeSaint Logistics is in the process of receiving verification as well.
The growing acceptance of RWP caused some council members to request advice from legal counsel to review the program and ensure it wasn’t violating antitrust laws.
The legal review process is nearly complete, and the council intends to present a slightly revised document during the 2014 IWLA Convention & Expo, March 23-25, as an improved program.
IWLA Chemical Council members have a good understanding of due diligence in their warehouse processes in handling and storing hazardous materials. In addition to the RWP, the council is focused on providing education and training that these companies need to operate ethical businesses.
Another 2013 highlight was a special training conducted by experts from the ICC Compliance Center to provide professional instruction regarding the HazMat 2012 Global Harmonization rules. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s rule states that a warehousing service providers’ first obligation was to provide general awareness training in the new GHS standard by Dec. 1, 2013. Council members attending the IWLA Legislative Fly-in in September were given enough time to take this knowledge back to their companies and train their employees by the compliance deadline.
“Our goal is to be a strong council with a better foundation. One of the primary ways we are accomplishing that is through education and training,” Kiser says.
The council also found a common voice in joining the American Alliance for Innovation. This coalition of trade associations has banded together to support chemical management reform and related issues. (Link to this story as well.)
“[Being part of AAI] gives us stronger support on various bills and also has provided more review of the issues and best management practices for an entire industry,” Kiser says.
Contact us to learn more about how you can become part of the IWLA Chemical Council at mail@IWLA.com or call 847-813-4699.