NCEC marks 500th customer with industry roundtable on chemical supply chain best practice

The UK’s National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC) has celebrated achieving its 500th private sector customer by publishing a free roundtable article from its annual practitioners’ forum on supply chain best practice with leading chemical companies.

The 2016 forum was attended by several major chemical companies with a combined annual sales revenue of $120bn per annum. For the first time NCEC and its partners have published the outcomes of this annual meeting to provide insight into what some of the world’s leading chemical companies consider best practice for protecting people, property and the environment across the global supply chain. Read the article here.

At the forum, delegates explored the challenges companies face in building robustness into product supply chains and the steps that they are taking to ensure best practice is employed across the chemical industry. This includes improving the visibility of distributor’s chemical safety processes, providing training for stakeholders in international regions and managing the varying degrees of harmonisation in global regulations. 24 hour multilingual emergency response was identified as an essential requirement for trading in international markets, such as China or Latin America.



Jon Gibbard, NCEC Practice Director, said: “We are extremely proud to be the chosen emergency response provider of 500 companies, alongside the many others that we support through training, supply chain auditing and crisis management services. As the national provider for the UK’s emergency services, NCEC exists to support organisations to meet and exceed their duty of care responsibilities across the global supply chain. Events like the practitioners forum underpin this success by allowing us to identify the needs of industry and develop real solutions to global challenges. We are delighted to disseminate the results of the 2016 forum to help organisations benefit from the combined learning and experience of major chemical companies and to promote best practice activities that really work.”

For over 40 years NCEC has provided emergency services and private sector companies expert advice to prevent chemical incidents and reduce the impact when they occur. NCEC offers multilingual services in over 48 languages, including Mandarin and Cantonese and is accredited to provide emergency response in China through its relationship with the National Registration Centre for Chemicals.

Find out the steps companies are taking to improve safety within their organisations, supply chains and sectors by reading the full roundtable article here.