Committed to a Safe Chemical Supply Chain: Union Pacific Maintains Industry-Best Certification

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Union Pacific Railroad is proud to announce its recertification as a member of the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Responsible Care Management System (RCMS) – reaffirming its commitment to the safe transportation of customers’ chemical commodities leveraging industry-best safety practices.

“We’re committed to safely transporting chemical commodities in the communities where we live and work,” said Jacque Bendon, vice president, Marketing and Sales. “As a Responsible Care Partner, Union Pacific adheres to the same standards as our ACC customers. This partnership allows us to work closely with chemical customers to develop safe and efficient supply chain solutions.”

For nearly three decades, the railroad has aligned operations with the ACC’s world-class guidance: In 1995, Union Pacific became the first railroad to join the ACC Partners program, and in 2005, it was the first railroad certified in Responsible Care/ISO14001.

More than 100 companies participate in the ACC Responsible Care® Partnership Program, raising the environmental, health, safety and security performance bar for operations and business activities across America’s supply chain in six key areas: community awareness and emergency response; distribution; employee health and safety; pollution prevention; process safety; and product stewardship.

“As an American Chemistry Council member, we choose to align our processes with the industry’s high standards so we can continue to be at the forefront of safety practices,” said Matthew Pick, senior director-Business Planning and Development.

Every three years, partners undergo an intensive third-party audit to maintain accreditation.

Union Pacific stakeholders from Safety, Operating, Marketing and Sales, Workforce Resources, Supply Chain, Finance and Corporate Communications recently performed a deep-dive review of the railroad’s current industry-best practices under the ACC’s guidance. Internal subject matter experts, from the C-Suite to department leaders and front-line managers, submitted process information to refine and maintain internal standard work and reaffirm alignment across the company.

During a formal, three-day site visit to the railroad’s Omaha headquarters, more than 30 employees answered questions from a third-party auditor about current programs, policies and practices, including Chairman, President and CEO Lance Fritz, Executive Vice President-Operations Eric Gehringer and Chief Safety Officer Connie Roseberry.

“RCMS certification signals Union Pacific values safety in all of its endeavors, beyond regulatory compliance – from employee training to the processes in place to consistently deliver customer shipments incident free,” said Connie Roseberry, assistant vice president and chief safety officer.

To learn more, visit Union Pacific’s Responsible Care and Safety webpages.

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