1. What is the ChemStewards program?
ChemStewards is an adaptable environmental, health, safety and security
(EHS&S) program that promotes continuous performance improvement in
batch chemical manufacturing. The program offers a three-tiered approach
to participation: Tier 1 - Fundamentals, Tier 2 - Enhanced Performance
and Tier 3 - Excellence.
Each Tier consists of:
- A Set of Core Principles
- Third-Party Verified Management System
The details of each level vary based on the Tier. All Active Category SOCMA members participate in the program.
2. What are the requirements of the ChemStewards program?
All three tiers levels require adherence to a set of core principles, in
addition to security, metrics and a verifiable management system.
3. Why is performance improvement part of SOCMA membership?
For the last 15 years, SOCMA members have been committed to continuously
updating and adapting their EHS&S programs to reflect recent
technologies and processes. Members' commitment to continuous
improvement is real.
4. How is the program administered?
After the company's initial orientation, it becomes the responsibility
of the designated ChemStewards Coordinator to follow the implementation
schedule. SOCMA provides guidance and outreach to all of its members and
will provide individual assistance to members as requested.
5. Is this program a requirement for membership in SOCMA?
Yes. Participation in a performance improvement program is a mandatory
requirement for Active Category SOCMA members, as defined in SOCMA's
6. How does SOCMA enforce its program?
SOCMA members must implement a performance improvement program as per
SOCMA's bylaws. SOCMA has always had a performance improvement review
process in place to ensure that members meet their obligations. Members
who do not meet their performance improvement obligations risk having
their membership terminated.
7. My company carries out Responsible Care® . Do I also need to participate in SOCMA's program?
Alternative programs meeting the ChemStewards requirements are accepted
to meet the EHS&S membership requirements. Contact the ChemStewards
Department for more details. SOCMA's main number is (202) 721-4100.
8. Who can I call for more information on ChemStewards?
SOCMA's ChemStewards Department can answer any questions regarding the
ChemStewards program. SOCMA's main number is (202) 721-4100.
The ChemStewards Team is available to assist our members with any questions regarding the ChemStewards program and performance improvement.