|The UIC plays an active part in:|
- the updating of the European policy on chemicals
- the High Production Volume initiative (HPV) of the world chemical industry
- the perfecting of the regulations concerning the marketing of various substances and preparations
- the integrated product policy and long-range development
- the elaboration of international agreements
The French chemical industry and the Responsible Care Programme
The French chemical industry celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Responsible Care Programme in 2000. The Responsible Care Programme (Engagement de Progrès) has been signed by many chemical manufacturers and defines requirements concerning management, health, safety and environment, as well as the responsible management of products. For years, the regional UIC associations have been implementing a very efficient programme making small and medium-sized businesses sensitive to Responsible Care.
Product management is based on the knowledge of the products' properties and the ability to control hazards at any time of their life cycle - production, transport, marketing, use or destruction.
Within the international context of ICCA (International Council of Chemical Association), the UIC takes part in the "Long Range Research Initiative", which studies the long-range effects of chemicals.
Health and safety at work
First, the UIC acts as a link between its members, the French authorities and the MEDEF (French confederation of industries and services). Second, it provides them with informations that help them prevent accidents at work and occupational diseases in their staff. This mission includes industrial medicine as well as equipment safety.
The UIC tries to prevent risks of industrial accidents and limit their potential consequences.
Industrial hazard management especially concerns classified plants, under-pressure equipment and approved inspection services.
The UIC's aim is to improve the control over industrial emissions and their impact on environment, as well as to inform the public.
Environmental protection concerns water, air and soil. Special attention is paid to the impact of emissions on people living close to chemical plants, and to the issues of climate change, industrial waste and environmental taxation evolution.
The UIC's goal is to encourage the opening up of energy markets so that companies can take advantage of price competition while aiming at improving the quality of energies and especially at cutting carbon dioxide emissions, and greenhouse effect gas in general.
Transportation and logistics
The UIC's role is to help promote safe and effective transport, as well as to favour an ambitious infrastructure policy and a competitive transport market set-up.
It also contributes to the regulations concerning the transport of hazardous materials. Last but not least, it is meant to help the public authorities in case of transport accidents.
Standardisation and accreditation
The UIC supports the consensual approach of standardisation rather than technical regulations. It takes part in the modernisation of the French and European standardisation bodies. It supports the French Accreditation Committee.