Union Pacific Receives American Chemical Council's Responsible Care Certification
UP is First Railroad to Receive Certification
Omaha, Neb., June 16, 2005 Union Pacific has become the first railroad to achieve certification under the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care program. Union Pacific was awarded dual certification for its work to establish and manage a Responsible Care program for the safe transport of chemical industry products, and for achieving ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 14001 standards.
Responsible Care is a safety, health, environmental and security program developed by the chemical industry as a continuous improvement process for members. Under the program, participants establish a management system for safety, health, environmental and security processes, and are audited to receive certification.
"Our Responsible Care team has been working on this project for more than a year, and we are very proud to be the first railroad to reach this level," said Lou Wagner, general director-chemical transportation safety. "Our Quality department provided outstanding guidance and materials to the team, and our existing Quality System Processes helped define our management system to Responsible Care and ISO standards."
An auditing company visited Union Pacific Center and the railroad’s Council Bluffs Service Unit in March and April to conduct the audits. Executives, managers and employees were interviewed to ensure the system worked in each department. Compliance audits will be performed every six months at additional locations.
Of the 222 companies (142 members and 80 partners) in the American Chemistry Council, only 16 have obtained Responsible Care and ISO 14001 certification. Union Pacific is the first company in Responsible Care to become ISO certified under the 2004 standards that became effective in March.
Union Pacific was the first railroad to join the American Chemical Council in 1995 when membership was opened to non-chemical companies handling chemical industry products.
Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America’s leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, is the largest railroad in North America, covering 23 states across the western two-thirds of the United States. A strong focus on quality and a strategically advantageous route structure enable the company to serve customers in critical and fast growing markets. It is a leading carrier of low-sulfur coal used in electrical power generation and has broad coverage of the large chemical-producing areas along the Gulf Coast. With competitive long-haul routes between all major West Coast ports and eastern gateways, and as the only railroad to serve all six major gateways to Mexico, Union Pacific has the premier rail franchise in North America.
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