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Transportation and Distribution

ACA has made safe transport and distribution of its industry’s raw materials and finished goods a leading priority. The association’s Transportation and Distribution Committee is responsible for recommending ACA policy on matters relating to the safe and economic movement of members' products. The committee also facilitates communication between the industry and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (DOT/PHMSA).

Another role of the committee is to keep ACA members apprised of developments that may affect the transportation and distribution of hazardous materials (hazmat) and provide guidance documents to encourage full compliance among association members. In every way, ACA is an advocate of its industry’s commitment to safe and responsible transportation and distribution of its products.

ACA is committed to providing its members with the latest and best information and tools they may use to comply with multiple regulations governing transportation and distribution of hazardous materials. As such, ACA remains attentive to transportation regulatory activity affecting its members, meeting with DOT, providing comments on developing rulemakings and interfacing with members to keep them informed. The association also encourages members to implement the principles of Coatings Care®, ACA’s landmark health, safety and environmental management resource, which counts safe transportation and distribution as one of its four pillars. The Transportation and Distribution Code under Coatings Care® seeks to ensure the safe shipping of coatings products to the industry’s customers, and to reinforce the integral role of health, safety and environmental considerations in the distribution chain.

Toward that end, ACA has published the Coatings Care® Transportation and Distribution Implementation Guide, which includes sample policies, procedures, and other program resources, as well as descriptions of key management practices germane to hazmat shipping.


Transportation Beyond our Borders

Since many of its members export raw materials and products, ACA remains on top of the hazmat transportation regulations they need to comply with abroad. In fact, ACA regularly works in concert with international regulatory agencies akin to DOT in an effort to harmonize shipping practices and regulatory requirements. For example, when the Canadian Clear Language Amendments modified Transport Canada's (DOT equivalent) Transport of Dangerous Goods regulations, ACA participated in the public process and argued that deviation from the UN Recommendations and U.S. regulations would be counter to the goal of international harmonization. As a result, ACA members continue their safe transport of goods virtually uninterrupted. Similarly, ACA updates its members on new requirements for air transport, and has even published a brochure entitled "Paint Doesn’t Fly," which addresses potential risks associated with shipping paint by air or carrying paint aboard a passenger aircraft. ACA has encouraged its members to circulate the brochure in locations or with persons responsible for the shipment of paint, including stores, warehouses, salespeople and customers. In this way, ACA is taking steps not only to ensure that the roads on which its members’ raw materials and products are traveling are safe, but that the skies are safe as well.



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