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T h e wo rl d h as seen much tur mo i l an d ch an g e. Fo r ex am ple, securi ty was so meth i n g th at h ap p en ed o n l y i n banks, at ai r p o r ts, an d at b o rder cro ssi n g s. No t so meth i n g that we h ad to wo r r y ab o ut as ch emi cal di stri b uto rs. However, th e si g n i f i can t i mp act o f war, i l l eg al dr ug p roduction, an d ter ro ri sm h as af f ected us al l , an d i n p ar ticular in th e No r th Ameri can ch emi cal i n dustr y, wh ere i nitiatives aro un d securi ty an d an ti -ter ro ri sm are n ow b ei ng dr iven by b o th g over n men t an d i n dustr y. As C an adi an s, with our caref ul an d tr usti n g n ature, we are o f ten ap p reh ensive to ei th er ado p t o r i n ter j e ct reg i mes o f co n tro l that m ight n eg ativel y i mp act o ur b usi n ess eco n o my. Our g over nm ent i s o f ten seen as sl ow to react, yet as co mp an i es oper ating i n a dive rse an d ch an g i n g envi ro n men t, wh ere we deal in dan g ero us g o o ds, an d p ro ducts th at are co n si dered as high ri sk, o r wh i ch can b e diver ted to cl an desti n e p ur poses, we n eed to b e seen as l eaders o f o ur i n dust r y.

It was 1989; the Song o f th e Yea r wa s “D o n’t Wo r r y Be Hap py,” by B obby M cFer ri n . S o m eh ow th e wo rds o f th is s o ng “ I n ever y li fe we h ave s o m e tro u b l e, b u t wh en you wor r y you m a ke i t d o u b l e” cer ta i n l y d es cri bed th e s itu ation of the tim e, a s th e wo rl d wa s fa r fro m a do n’t wor r y.. .be ha ppy, pla ce. T h i s i s wel l i l l u s tra ted thro ug h th e ma ny d r a m a tic a n d s p ecta cu l a r even ts o f 1 9 8 9 . L et me ta ke you ba ck to a few o f th e m o re n ews wo r thy events : In th e news..... • Geor g e Her ber t Wa l ker B u s h wa s i n a u gu ra ted as 41st Pres id ent of the U n i ted S ta tes o f A m eri ca (Ja n . 20) • Ru ptu r ed ta nker E x xo n Va l d ez s en t 1 1 m i l l i o n g al l o n s of cr u d e oil into A l a s k a ’s Pri n ce W i l l i a m S o un d (M a r ch 24) • Tens of thou s a n d s o f C h i n es e s tu d en ts to o k over B eijing ’s T ia na nm en S q u a re i n ra l l y fo r d em o cracy (A pr il 19 et s eq .) • T h ou s a nd s killed i n T i a n a n m en S q u a re a s Ch i n ese lead er s ta ke ha r d l i n e towa rd d em o n s tra to rs (Jun e 4 et s eq .). • US ju r y c onvicts O l iver N o r th i n I ra n -C o n tra af f ai r (M ay 4) • Mi kha il S. Gor ba ch ev wa s n a m ed S ov i et Presi den t (M ay 25) • B y 1989 the Sovi et Pres i d en t h a d b ro u gh t a b out th e en d of the Soviet o ccu p a ti o n o f A fgh a n i s ta n • Salm a n Ru s hd ie’s n ovel S a ta n i c Vers es i s p u b l i sh ed and s pa r ks imm ed i a te co n trovers y, res u l ti n g i n Is la m ic milita nts p u tt i n g a p ri ce o n h i s h ea d • San Fr a ncis co B ay a rea ea r th q u a ke m ea s u ri n g 7.1 i n ma g nitu d e, killed 6 7 a n d i n j u red over 3 , 0 0 0; over 10 0,000 bu ild ing s d a m a g ed o r d es troyed (O ct. 17) • After 28 yea r s, th e B erl i n Wa l l i s o p en to th e West (N ov. 11) • US tr oops inva d e Pa n a m a , s eek i n g ca p tu re o f G en eral Manu el Nor ieg a (D ec. 2 0 )

T h e ado p ti o n o f man ag emen t systems requi rem ents has n ow b e co me a stan dard i n o ur i n dustr y. Back in 1998, I S O was j ust co mi n g o f ag e as stan dards f o r quality and envi ro n men tal p erf o r man ce i n th e ch emi cal industr y. Now i n 2013, i n teg rati n g th ese el emen ts i n to the RD C o de o f Practi ce i s a l o g i cal evo l uti o n to kee p pace wi th i n dustr y-driven requi remen ts. T h e el ements such as man ag emen t revi ew, do cumen t an d reco rds contr ol, an d co r rective acti o n , are seen as essen ti al co m ponents to an ef f ective ch e mi cal di stri b uti o n reg i me. Fr om the stan dp o i n t o f th e i n dustr y-driven co n ce p ts o f stewar dship an d sustai n ab i l i ty, th e RD C o de wi l l al so strive to align wi th th ese i deal s. T h e i n tro ducti o n o f a n ew el emen t ‘Man ag e S ecur ity,’ will i n cl ude several cri ti c al c o mp o n en ts, an d wi l l i ntr oduce essen ti al requi remen ts such as; • • • •

An d fi na lly, in s por ts, h ow ca n we fo rg et th e s p ectacul ar feat by the Ca lg a r y Fl a m es to d efea t th e 2 3 -ti m e S tan l ey Cu p ch a mpion M ontr ea l C a n a d i a n s, b ea ti n g th em 4 g ames to 2 , to win L or d S ta n l ey’s cu p.

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securi ty an d ri sk man ag emen t p l an n i n g , p hysi cal securi ty an d access co n tro l , carg o an d co n tai n er securi ty, securi ty emerg en cy resp o n se cap ab i l i ti es, tr aining an d awaren ess, do cumen t, data an d i n f o r mati o n securi ty, an d p erso n n el securi ty.

Man y C an adi an f ederal g over n men t ag en ci es are poised to i n tro duce th ei r ow n l eg i sl ative co n tro l s, such as Tran sp o r t C an ada - S urf ace an d I n ter mo dal Secur ity g ro up i n tro duci n g tran sp o r tati o n securi ty planning requi re men ts. Oth er ag en ci es are al ready en h an cing their exi sti n g co n tro l s th ro ug h ei th er vo l un tar y mean s, and in man y cases th e addi ti o n o f l eg i sl ative co n tro l s.

T h at ver y s a m e yea r, a s a co n d i ti o n o f m em b ersh i p i n th e Ass ocia tion, the C AC D a d o p ted th e fo r m a l p ro cess of inde pend e nt ver if i ca ti o n to th e C o d e o f Pra cti ce f o r Res p on s ible Dis tr ibuti o n . W i th th e A s s o ci a ti o n b ei n g on ly th r ee-(3) yea r s in ex i s ten ce a t th e ti m e, th i s was seen as a s ig nif ica nt miles to n e i n th e N o r th A m eri ca n chemi cal indu s tr y.

S o i t seems l o g i cal th at n ow i s cer tai n l y th e ri g ht tim e to S ecure o ur C o de, an d o n ce we h ave do n e so, m aybe the byg o n e days o f th at so n g o f 1989 wi l l co me to fr uition wh ere “ Do n’t wo r r y, i t wi l l so o n p ass, wh atever it is.... Be h ap p y, p ut a smi l e o n yo ur f ace....., Do n’t Wor r y, Be H ap p y.”

A lot h a s cha ng ed in th es e p a s t twen ty-th ree-(2 3 ) years. Following the a d optio n o f th e R D C o d e o f Pra cti ce i n 19 98 , it wa s r ewr itten i n 2 0 0 6 . T h e n ew C o d e wa s d esi g n ed to envelop q u a lity s tan d a rd s, co m mu n i ty awa ren ess, ri sk analys is, cu s tome r a n d s u p p l i er s tewa rd s h i p. T h is n ew co de wa s title d R D 21 - Res p o n s i b l e D i s tri b u ti o n fo r th e 21 s t centu r y. T he Cod e wa s a g a i n refres h ed i n 2 0 0 8 .

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The Chemunicator - Spring 2013  

The 2013 Spring issue of The Chemunicator. Published by the Canadian Association of Chemical Distributors (CACD) represents chemical distri...