Chemistry Can care for people and planet
Chemical safety is our licence to operate
Chemistry will always be associated with the risk of handling hazardous substances. But we can minimise this risk through highly demanding operational management systems. The chemical industry aims to ensure that people and the environment are not exposed to chemicals at levels that have been shown to be harmful.
In parallel with complying with existing regulations, our sector has introduced practices which in certain cases go beyond the regulatory requirements. For example, Cefic promotes and coordinates the global Responsible Care programme. This commits companies along the supply chain to continuously improve their health and safety performance, and communicate about their products and processes.
As an industry, we also support research to help us understand knowledge gaps, and further improve risk assessment and safe management of chemicals. We do this in the framework of the Cefic LRI (The Long-Range Research Initiative) programme.