The CEFIC (European Chemical Industry Council) Responsible Care Program requires that chemical companies demonstrate their commitment to continuously improve all aspects of performance which relate to protection of health, safety and the environment.
These Guidelines have been prepared by an ECVM Task Force to apply the requirements of Responsible Care in the distribution of Vinyl Chloride. They are consistent with the CEFIC Recommendations on Safe Management Practices in Distribution and establish appropriately high standards of safety for the distribution of Vinyl Chloride.
Although Vinyl Chloride is a dangerous substance in terms of flammability, reactivity, it can be distributed and handled safely provided that appropriate precautions are observed.
The distribution of Vinyl Chloride is already subject to regulations within most countries in Europe. In addition, the international movement of Vinyl Chloride by road, rail, sea and inland waterways is subject to international agreements which lay down specific requirements concerning distribution. These requirements must be observed by all parties involved. National regulations may contain additional requirements.
These Guidelines take into account the distribution of Vinyl Chloride in bulk road tankers, rail tankers, sea going vessels and barges. They cover all aspects of transport activity from loading to delivery point. Reference to existing regulatory controls is only made where this is considered necessary for the purpose of clarification.
Since drum shipments are not carried out by the ECVM member companies, specific distribution risk management, and requirements for drum shipments are not discussed in these guidelines. However, individual companies can offer advice upon request.
ECVM recommends that these Guidelines be adopted by all parties which are involved in the distribution of Vinyl Chloride.