Safety at work
Minimising risks throughout
the entire value chain
Before a computer or a car arrives to the hands of the consumer, a complex process is in place by which businesses supply with raw materials, other businesses add value to the raw materials to create a finished product, and then yet other businesses sell the finished product to customers. This is called the value chain. Our industry is striving to minimise emissions of chemicals during processing and handling in the value chain. To this end we have developed VECAP, a voluntary approach that promotes best practices to control emissions. In addition, our members are committed to improve environmental, health. safety and security performance for facilities and processes throughout the entire lifecycle.
VECAP in detail
The VECAP programme has evolved from its original concept of a tool to control emissions during handling and use of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) into a system for more efficient management of chemicals, which can be applied to a much wider range of processes and raw materials.
Flame Retardants Europe has been actively involved in the devolvement of the programme, which has been adapted to meet the wider needs of the European textile and plastics industries, and has been introduced in North America and in Japan with notable successes. More importantly, VECAP principles have been adapted to users of other flame retardants, and have been recognised as providing a materials management system applicable to other chemicals in other industries.