Chemical Facility & Transportation Safety

CIAC and its members are committed to ensuring community safety and security – both at plant sites, and along transportation routes. Through Responsible Care®,  CIAC members go above and beyond the requirements of Canadian laws related to plant operations, transportation safety and security, workplace health and safety, and emergency preparedness and response.

Chemical Facility Safety

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CIAC members strive to maintain the safest possible facilities and work environments for their employees and communities.

Through Responsible Care®, CIAC members conduct a comprehensive hazard analysis of their facilities, and commit to maintaining rigorous process safety standards, to reduce the likelihood of operational incidents. CIAC members must also maintain site-specific emergency management plans, to assist them in safely and efficiently responding to potential incidents at their facilities. They are also expected to engage with their communities, so that residents are informed about any hazards associated with their operations, what companies are doing to minimize risks, and what residents need to do to protect themselves in the event of a chemical incident. 

All CIAC member-companies also participate in the Safety and Health Analysis, Recognition and Exchange (SHARE) network, where they openly discuss their workplace health and safety incidents, share their knowledge, expertise and successful practices, and track their performance. Since SHARE’s creation in 1991, CIAC members have reduced the number of injuries and illnesses at their facilities by more than 70 per cent.

Transportation Safety

Every year, thousands of shipments of dangerous goods make their way across Canada to meet the needs of manufacturers, municipalities and consumers. These goods are shipped along routes through cities, towns, rural areas, and even neighbourhoods.

The safe transportation of chemical products is of paramount importance to CIAC and its members. Through Responsible Care®, CIAC members commit to selecting the safest possible mode and route for transporting their products, and to choosing a carrier that meets CIAC’s stringent safety criteria. CIAC’s Responsible Care® Partners – leading rail and trucking companies involved in the transportation of chemicals – play a key role in helping CIAC members to meet their transportation safety commitments. 

CIAC members are also expected to have an emergency response plan in place, to assist them in safely and efficiently responding to a potential transportation incident. CIAC sets the minimum standards that member-companies must meet for transportation emergency preparedness and response, through its Transportation Emergency Assistance Program, TEAP®III.

Finally, through the Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response (TRANSCAER®) program, CIAC members work collaboratively with communities along transportation routes, to ensure that residents, municipal officials and first responders are aware of the hazards associated with a CIAC member’s products, the routes used to transport those products, what companies are doing to minimize risks, and what communities can do to best prepare for and respond to a potential transportation incident involving dangerous goods.