The aim of the value chain competitiveness programme is to assist member firms to upgrade their manufacturing competitiveness and ensure that firms comply with all necessary and changing legislative requirements. Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) have all been identified as areas where firms need to be able to comply with an increasingly complex set of requirements in a cost effective manner.
Assistance with Compliance and Legislation Clarification
Where necessary the DCC provides one-on-one assistance to member firms to assist them to become compliant. This involves individual meetings, training in risk assessments, the creation of short-term focus groups to assist member firms while they grapple with specific compliance problems and liaising with the relevant government departments. The DCC continues to research environmental and related compliance legislation that is planned and will affect member firms.
SHEQ Capacity Building and Technical Training
Capacity building is provided to member firms in the form of structured learning sessions and best practice plant tours. Technical training on SHEQ best practice is provided in the form of workshops from leading SHEQ performers within the chemicals and related industry. Technical and SHEQ training is operator-level focussed and provides practical and applicable skills for firm employees.
Lean and Green Capacity Building
Greening chemicals manufacturing is increasingly important for firms. This programme includes workshops and training to impart practical skills so members can implement green manufacturing interventions within their firms. Through the DCC’s benchmarking programme, which is intrinsically linked to this activity, the DCC is able to maintain an element of performance monitoring on lean and green manufacturing. This training provided through this programme will be specific and in-depth, focussing on individual aspects of lean and green thinking at a time. This will in turn ensure that firms improve their operational performance weaknesses identified via rapid benchmark assessments.