NACD conference offers advice on current chemical issues
Oct 2, 2002 12:00 PM, By Mary Davis
Just when shippers and carriers are busy handling insurance costs, security requirements, and hazardous materials management, the National Association of Chemical Distributors conducted a seminar September 25-27 that offered advice on many of these topics.
John O'Brien, AIG Environmental senior vice-president, said companies can expect insurance costs to continue in an upward trend. "This hard market isn't ending this year--or the next one," he said.
On the subject of security, Barry Wilkins, managing director, Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations Inc, said US Customs officials are expecting companies to be aware not only of their own means of security, but that of their clients. He discussed a government/industry trade partnership that will expedite cross-border shipments for companies that participate in the program. Should there be another attack on the United States, only members of the partnership would be able to move cargo across the borders or through US ports, he added.
Mike Callan, a 25-year fire service veteran, advised companies to train for hazardous materials emergencies. A response program should be developed and employees trained to follow it. "You can't respond effectively unless you're prepared," he said.
For full coverage of the NACD meeting in Kansas City KS, see the December issue of Modern Bulk Transporter.