Simplified and integrated management system for responsible care (SIMS-RC) in chemical industries

N Khairlida, Muhamad and Lee, Khai Ern * and Mazlin, Mokhtar * and Goh, Choo Ta (2018) Simplified and integrated management system for responsible care (SIMS-RC) in chemical industries. Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal. ISSN 1477-7835

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Purpose–The purpose of this paper is to explore the barriers and challenges faced by chemical industries in Malaysia causing to the low participation in Responsible Care program. Also, this paper aims to propose a solution to address the issues in implementing Responsible Care by introducing a Simplified and Integrated Management System for Responsible Care. Design/methodology/approach – A questionnaire was distributed to 132 Responsible Care signatory companies in Malaysia, and they were given a week to return it via e-mail. Combining the inputs from the survey and document analysis, a Simplified and Integrated Management System for Responsible Care (SIMS-RC) was proposed. Findings – Responsible Care signatory companies faced barriers in implementing product stewardship code and they also faced challenges in getting employees’ commitment from all levels. Taking the inputs received from Responsible Care signatory companies and document analysis,an SIMS-RC was proposed as a closed-loop process which consists of quality, environmental, health and safety management system. Research limitations/implications– Some of the chemical companies were unable to share their thoughts in the survey due to the companies’ confidential reason. Originality/value – Abundant literature has discussed about the limitation of Responsible Care that needs to be improved.Therefore,several elements and procedures of the program need to be revised and innovated to help the signatory companies to continuously improve their performances and encourage more participation in Responsible Care program.The findings will add value to the current body of knowledge and Responsible Care signatory companies which seek to improve Responsible Care implementation through an integrated management system approach. The proposed SIMS-RC is a simple, integrated, holistic and process-oriented management system in which it blends Responsible Care in to quality,environmental,health and safety management system.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: quality; environment; health
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Others > Non Sunway Academics
Sunway University > University Centres [formerly School of Interdisciplinary Studies until 2023] > Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development moved to Sunway Business School wef October 2023
Depositing User: Dr Janaki Sinnasamy
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2018 08:56
Last Modified: 16 May 2019 08:17

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