responsible distribution

Advising & Assistance

NACD is committed to helping our members and Affiliates better understand the commitment, resources, and the many aspects of a successful Responsible Distribution program.

NEW: 7th Cycle Verification Models

Due to the issues associated with COVID-19, for the remainder of the current cycle through 2022, NACD has introduced several new verification models. We remain cautiously optimistic that everything will return to normal for the 8th Cycle.

While the member company does not get to choose the model, they will work closely with the verifier who will determine which of these four seems the most appropriate.

1. The usual onsite verification model - but with social distancing and enhanced cleaning and safety procedures taken into account.

2. A virtual verification where a representative of the member company provides the verifier with a walkthrough of their facility using an electronic device with live video streaming. The verifier can direct them in real time and carry out the necessary interviews. Documentation can be submitted electronically or through NACD’s online portal. In some cases, this model may not be appropriate – particularly at sites where there are Wi-Fi or connectivity issues, or if there are safety or security implications of using an electronic device.

3. Full document verification requires a member company to upload even more supporting documentation, including photos, images, diagrams, policies, and procedures. Upon receipt, the verifier will then carry out a very robust desktop audit.

4. Where it is determined that a member only has an administrative or sales office, for example, and doesn't carry any product, an administrative document verification can take place. This is similar to the previous model but will most likely be less intensive.

Responsible Distribution Advisers

Now, NACD’s Responsible Distribution Advisers program is here to supplement our mentoring resources and provide in depth support for members and Affiliates during their Responsible Distribution implementation with qualified and NACD trained experts. Whether you are a candidate member or an experienced member, gain insight and assistance in:

  • Writing policies and procedures 
  • Completing your company’s Responsible Distribution Profile and Specifications
  • Integrating ISO and other management systems with Responsible Distribution
  • Internal audits
  • Corrective and preventative actions
  • Staff training
  • Continuous improvement
  • And more

Contact the following Advisers to jumpstart your Responsible Distribution program or to discover ways to improve your program.

To become an Adviser, please submit an application or contact Mike Lang for more information.

Environment and Safety Solutions, Inc.

Primary Contact: Peter F. Downing, President
Address: 120 Main St., Suite 201 Hightstown, NJ 08520
Phone: (609) 371-8888

R&S Compliance Group, LLC

Primary Contact: David O. Rivers, President
Address: 2707 W. Price Ave. Tampa, FL 33611
Phone: (813) 433-4979

Learn from Your Peers

A Near Miss: An unplanned event that did not result in injury, illness, or damage – but had the potential to do so. Only a fortunate break in the chain of events prevented an injury, fatality or damage; in other words, a miss that was nonetheless very near. (National Safety Council)

Employees are often trained to work “safely”, but are not trained to identify near misses or made aware of the positive impact that near miss reporting can have to ensure that employees are engaged in their operations.

The following are actual near miss examples submitted by NACD members confidentially for the purpose of providing lessons learned for an improved chemical industry. 

Report a Near Miss

You too can participate by clicking here and confidentially submitting the Near Miss Incident Analysis form. Help us provide a safer and more secure environment for all.